A group of young nautical cadets keen to improve their chances of a career at sea have teamed up with the Fleetwood unit of a national maritime charity for real work experience opportunities.
The Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS) has 24 active units around the coasts, estuaries and waterways of the United Kingdom. The organisation’s aims are to help to keep the UK’s maritime tradition alive by training and delivering practical seamanship and engineering skills. These skills are put to good use in the community at events such as Tall Ships and at times when called upon by the appropriate authorities.
The Fleetwood unit opened in November 2016 and they are keeping to their promise of keeping the UK’s maritime heritage alive by enlisting the help of the cadets Blackpool and Fylde College’s Fleetwood Nautical Campus to help with engineering projects on-board their launch every Friday.
The students have been studying a pre-cadetship course since September, improving their CVs in the hope of gaining sponsorship for a career in the Merchant Navy. The MVS has linked with the college in what they hope will be a long standing partnership to continue offering the work placement opportunity to keen cadets looking at becoming marine engineers and for others working at sea.
Fleetwood Head of Unit, Volunteer Officer Tony Coleman said, “Although the Unit was only formed in November last year, we have gained links with the Windermere Lake Wardens, the National Coastwatch at Rossall Point, the Fleetwood RNLI team and the local Nautical College.
“Our work with the College is a good example of how the MVS can help in the community. We are looking forward to working closely with the other organisations as and when circumstances allow.”
Each week, members of MVS Fleetwood supervise the students in work such as bilge cleaning, oil removal, safe disposal of chemicals and safety on board. Some other tasks that will be completed soon include refitting air intake vents, and assisting the unit’s engineer to service the vessel’s two engines.