Broad Description

Skills for Work

Maritime Skills is an introductory qualification. It develops the skills, knowledge and attitudes, needed for work in the industry. The Course provides a broad experiential introduction to maritime skills.

Candidates will explore a variety and range of career opportunities, local, national and global in the maritime sector, including commercial sea-fishing, the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, inland waterways and marine leisure, ports and harbours.

They will be introduced to the operation of boats and equipment in the Unit Maritime Skills: Seamanship: an Introduction (National 5), including: boat handling, the use of ropes, wires and chains and effective anchoring, mooring and securing a vessel are tackled in practical situations. There’s an introduction to marine navigation, where candidates learn how to use a marine chart to plot position using standard marine instruments, and how to take account of the weather.

The safety aspects of any job in the maritime sector are tackled in the Unit Health and Safety in the Maritime Sector (National 5), including: safe working practices on board ship, life-saving principles, basic first aid and basic fire safety. The Unit also covers the basic engineering involved with small boats, such as pumping and steering mechanism are reviewed and the routine care and maintenance of the engine and auxiliaries on a boat.

Central to the Course is developing the employability skills valued by employers in general and necessary for effective work in the maritime sector. These skills are embedded in the different Units, providing candidates with the opportunity to practice and develop these skills through practical and team-working activities in real or simulated working environments and investigations throughout the Course. Candidates will also evaluate their own skills, seeking feedback from others, identifying areas of improvement, taking account of feedback received and reviewing their progress throughout the Course.

There are 5 units:
  • Seamanship: An introduction
  • Small Boat Engineering
  • Maritime Environment: An Introduction
  • Health & Safety in the Maritime Sector
  • Employability Skills and Careers in the Maritime Sector
The skills and attitudes being developed in this Course are assessed through an involvement in a range of practical activities, although, there are also elements of knowledge and understanding which are essential. An important element in the assessment process will be the ability of the candidate to review progress and development in specific employability skills throughout the Course. Assessment should reflect current workplace practice through real or simulated workplace activities.