International shipmanagement company THOME Group has become self-sufficient in recruiting junior officers thanks to its highly successful in-house cadet training programme.
Launched in 2005 under THOME’s “Human Element” initiative, the Thome Global Cadet Program has already trained in excess of 1,350 cadets from at least 12 countries in Asia, Europe and the Far East. Currently there are 650 cadets at various stages of training on the programme with another 200 due to join soon as deck, engine, electrical or catering cadets.
The success of this scheme has enabled THOME Group to fill all of its 2014 junior officer vacancies from within its own pool of trained seafarers.
Michael Elwert, Director of Group HR, HSSEQ & Crewing, said: “We place a great deal of importance on our cadet programme and are delighted that it is proving so successful.”
“We at Thome Group recognise the importance of providing quality training to our seafarers and the difference it makes towards them and ultimately the performance of the vessels they operate. We believe that training is the key to operating safe and efficient ships on greener seas. The level of training we provide is specialised and is over and above the standard recommended by STCW.”
Sartaj Gill, Deputy Managing Director (ROHQ) & Head of Group Training, explained: “As Thome Group continues with the large-scale and rapid expansion of its fleet, the requirement for suitably trained officers to serve onboard our tankers, bulkers, gas carriers and offshore has increased exponentially.
“Our cadet programme has a robust selection process to ensure we recruit well rounded, excellent individuals who benefit from our high quality coaching. Our cadets are a multi-national and multi-cultural group, fully representative of the diversity with THOME Group. The feedback we have received from our cadets is that they view our training program as a successful highway to fulfilling their dreams and goals.”
One of the Thome Global Cadet Program’s most successful graduates is Chief Engineer Jonathan Duenas who graduated from the very first programme in 2005 and has since become THOME Group’s youngest Chief Engineer. He said: “Being able to be part of the Thome Cadet Program has not only given me an amazing opportunity, it has also given me a career that I’m passionate about. It shaped me to be a better decision maker and critical thinker.”