June 2023 Update

Consultation Group 1 – Education, Policy & Technical and sub-groups, 1.2 Modernisation of Curriculum and examination and Sub-group 1.3: Career Pathways 

Consultation Group 1 is tasked with reforming and modernising the syllabuses, training, and assessment for seagoing qualifications for Nautical, Engineering and Electro-Technical qualifications of all grades. The group is also tasked with exploring other maritime qualifications which can be offered to new entrants as an option along with the seafaring qualifications and the subsequent career paths available. 

Sub-group 1.2 has now completed the industry consultation to review the suggested changes to the Cadetship syllabuses. The group are working through the feedback received from industry, with responses and finalised templates already published for Template Group 1, Template Group 2 and Template Group 3. Once all eight template groups have been finalised, the sub-group will begin to convert the module templates into academic guidance documents.  

Sub-group 1.3 has awarded the consultancy contract to Journey4 Ltd and work has begun on the career mapping process. Journey4 are currently familiarising themselves with background information, provided by the sub-group, and will shortly start holding meetings with stakeholders to further understand the structure of the industry and the skills required to move between areas.  

The Maritime Skills Commission (MSC) have funded research to examine the behaviours, interpersonal skills and competencies required to improve recruitment, retention, and the identification of transferable skills within the maritime industry.​ 

Journey4 have been linked in with this work via Maritime UK to ensure that there is no duplication and findings from each piece of work can be shared. 

Consultation Group 2 – Funding  

Consultation Group 2 remains in place but is currently postponed. 

Consultation Group 4 - Communications 

This group continues to support the wider work of the individual consultation groups, including survey and campaign design. 

In addition, this group has finalised a project brief to procure a consultancy to complete discovery work for a National Awareness Campaign. This brief will now be escalated to the Oversight Committee for approval and direction on the next steps to procure funding.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the programme, via the following email ctandm.enquiries@mcga.gov.uk