Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Holliday announces Training opportunities in shipping sector

The Gibraltar Government has announced that two young Gibraltarians have been awarded scholarships which will enable them to attain qualifications as sea-going Deck Officer and sea-going Engineer Officer on merchant navy ships, Minister for Trade and Industry Joe Holliday has said.

The successful applicants are Joseph Louis Clinton, who will be training as a Deck Officer, and Craig Key, who will be training as an Engineer Officer.

Both cadets will commence their formal training at Warsash Maritime Centre in Southampton on September 5th 2005, and will be following a three year programme of studies which includes practical experience at sea. Upon successful completion of their training the Officer Cadets will attain an internationally recognised “Certificate of Competency as an Officer In-Charge of a Watch”.

Sponsorship of the Merchant Navy Cadets is being provided by the Department of Education and Training on behalf of the Government of Gibraltar in partnership with Aegean Bunkering (Gib) Ltd, Maritime Service Shipping (Gib) Limited, Gibunco Group and Vemaoil Company Ltd.

The Minister with responsibility for shipping Joe Holliday said:

“It has been our intention for some time to introduce a structured training programme for the maritime sector, to train young Gibraltarians as future senior Port Officers, Ship Surveyors and Pilots. This initiative is now commencing.

I wish to congratulate the two Merchant Navy Cadets on their selection. I wish them all the best in their forthcoming training.

I am also grateful to the four sponsoring companies who have teamed up with the Government in order to make this training opportunity possible.”

Further details with regard to the training programme which the two Cadets will follow may be obtained from the Training Unit at the Department of Education and Training or the Maritime Administrator at the Registry of Ships.

A further training opportunity for other young Gibraltarians wishing to pursue a maritime career as an officer on a merchant navy ship will be offered by the Government in partnership with the private sector sponsors, tenable as from autumn 2006.

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