- Become a Careers at Sea ambassador!

  • Become a Careers at Sea Ambassador!

    Are you a confident speaker? Do you want to share your enthusiasm for the industry with others? is pleased to recommend the Merchant Navy Training Board's Careers at Sea Ambassaor programme. We've got all the infomation you need here!

    What's it all about?

    The Merchant Navy Training Board is part of the Chamber of Shipping, the trade associaton for the UK shipping industry. They have responsibility for setting and approving the education and training frameworks for new entants, and for promoting careers at sea. They run the very successful Careers at Sea marketing campaign.

    The Ambassador programme has been set up with support from the Marine Society and Nautilus International. Ambassadors are volunteers from the industry who give time to visit schools and youth groups to spread the word about the opportunities that a career at sea can offer.

    Can I do it? I'm only a cadet!

    Of course! If anything, cadets are in the best position to talk about what the training is like. It's probably best to have a sea trip or two under your belt though so you can give the full picture. As long as you're willing to give the time, you'll be welcomed with open arms!

    What's expected of me?

    You put in as much time as you can spare. You generally need to arrange your own visits, though you'll get occasional emails with a list of organisations that have requested talks. Arranging visits should be simple; just approach your old school, or any youth organisations in your area like Sea Cadet units. The MNTB would like to see two or three visits per year, but there's no pressure!

    What do I get out of it?

    It's a volunteer position, so don't expect any money! You'll get all the resources you could possibly need, and the warm, fuzzy feeling that you might just help someone discover their ideal career. You'll also be helping to raise awareness of what we actually do; let's face it, most young people hear the phrase "Merchant Navy" and think of grey ships with guns!

    Ambassadors also have the opportunity to attend a training day in London.

    Cool! Where can I find out more?

    There's quite a few Ambassadors on the forums, so feel free to start a thread if you have any questions. You can also visit the MNTB website for a full description of the programme.

    Where do I sign up?

    Just send an email to with the following details: name, address, phone number, email address, current employer and details of any "leads" you might have for visits, like schools or youth groups. Make sure you mention you heard about the programme from, we're trying to beat the guys over at the Nautilus Telegraph!
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. YoungMariner's Avatar
      YoungMariner -
      Excellent post, I am confident we'll see a few more Ambassadors.
    1. CharlieDelta's Avatar
      CharlieDelta -
      I hope so!
    1. bmsinno's Avatar
      bmsinno -
      Very Interested in that. Im in Ireland so I wouldnt say there is too many Ambassadors this side of the water. I must get a few of my mates to do it with me...
    1. Hatchorder's Avatar
      Hatchorder -
      I have not long become an Ambassador. Just spent a couple of days re-writing the presentation and got loads of out of date publications and charts to take along to Ambassador meetings. Looking forwards to helping.
    1. Kamykazee's Avatar
      Kamykazee -
      Very interesting; i'm not sure i'd be selected since i'm from Romania, lol.
    1. GuinnessMan's Avatar
      GuinnessMan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kamykazee View Post
      Very interesting; i'm not sure i'd be selected since i'm from Romania, lol.
      Hello and Welcome
    1. Mr_Nicoll's Avatar
      Mr_Nicoll -
      Something I could see to doing when I move down to Newcastle in September
    1. size4riggerboots's Avatar
      size4riggerboots -
      I've been signed up for years but they never want anyone in the Wiltshire area when I'm on land
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