bobofinga (24th May 2016)
Depends how they do the employment link. If it is just a token "you must employ cadets for a minimum of 3 months on qualification" (for example). It will just result in a lot of newly qualified OOWs with 3 months seatime instead of zero. They need to reduce cadetships massively and only offer them to companies who can demonstrate that they regularly employ British officers through all ranks.
bobofinga (24th May 2016)
1. Those who train due to a Tonnage Tax obligation but don't offer employment - it may just encourage the company to offer 12 mths seatime on qualification (or whatever the criteria is set as) but there would be no reduction in numbers.
2. Those who elect to train (with no TT obligation) or those who train more than their minimum obligation, and offer positions as Junior Officer - it can only potentially increase the number of Cadets they may take on.
3. Charity organisations who own no ships - while they may have no jobs to offer on graduation, the companies on whose ships they train may be in a position to offer jobs IF the financial carrot is available to them.
I don't see a scenario of fewer Cadetships being available.
Hmm, I tend to disagree.
1. Those who currently train due to a TT obligation - are they likely to have a wage structure adequate to cope with the 'demands' of a UK junior officer? Even if they do, they already have (one would presume) suitable manning and recruitment levels, with budgets set to match. They will only take on cadets so long as the formula 'value of TT - cost of employment' is positive. At a certain point it will cost more than they make, so they will reduce, or at least limit, cadet numbers.
2. Those who have no TT obligation presumably have a recruitment strategy, only training the number they expect to need in 3/4 years time. No need to increase cadetship numbers.
3. OK, perhaps there will be an increase in this area.
For the colleges, it all depends on the length of employment req'd. If it is only 3 months, what higher ticket will the OOW be studying for? If, however, the employment link calls for 12 months seatime, then the farcical new seatime requirement for higher tickets would play into the hands of the colleges.
1. The wage structure for a UK Junior Officer is largely irrelevant if the money would cover the period of guaranteed seatime/employment required to access the additional SMarT funds. In effect it would cost the company nothing to employ the UK Officer for a fixed period, thus saving money on daily running costs. The value of TT is difficult to calculate as it really depends on the company performance which you can't really forecast, it just guarantees the value of tax due each year.
2. I agree, but only if your company just trains British Cadets. Given many companies train a lot of different nationalities, and if you can now train three UK Cadets for the price of one - factoring in the additional money into the Cadet budget rather than vessels budget - it's got to be a positive.
They did at least least update the notice which expired though. No doubt Brexit will be used as an excuse for lots and lots of things in the next couple of years!
How would the government pulling the current cadet scheme funding effect those already embarking on cadetships?
When Britain leaves the EU things like State aid guidelines depending on what they negotiate won't need to exist so the Uk can run whatever scheme they like. State aid guidelines impose restrictions on who and what can receive money, its so it doesn't damage other members interests. Or it's there to ensure they are there for other beneficial reasons i.e. So there are the skilled people needed, as in seafarer numbers.
our smart funding operatates within state aid guidelines.
Currently any EU person can access smart funding if they qualify under the other eligibility criteria, after Brexit? Up to the Uk to decide.
Smart is only part of the funding that is used, and if the industry wants more cadets for the forecasted future shortages then, either the government carries on to ensure that doesn't happen, or companies will find crews from somewhere else, or they put more money in themselves.
There were articles in the Telegraph the Nautilus union paper recently and the need for the scheme to be better financed, and also to look at how many COCs are given in exchange for CECs ( been rising a lot) and if other countries seafarers qualifications match the UK. Introducing smart plus so cadets once qualified get given work so they gain in rank experience for a period of time.
When you do see junior officer jobs advertised (rare occasions these days) they often ask for at least 6 months in rank experience, a catch 22 situation if you have never had a job and just qualified. Oil sea price drop has made it even worse fewer jobs around, and well qualified experienced people are more likely to get any jobs that there are first.
When I think back to 2011/12 there were lots of jobs advertised for new officers. It has changed quite a bit.