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Happy Birthday to Marine Society and Sea Cadets

Happy Birthday to Marine Society and Sea Cadets

It’s hard to believe, but the Marine Society has been helping seafarers to realise their full potential for 262 years.

Although much has changed over the years, Marine Society has always had the education and wellbeing of seafarers at its heart.

You can read more about the Marine Society’s history and the valuable work we do today in our special birthday blog post.

Meanwhile, Sea Cadets is celebrating 162 years of empowering young people to be the best versions of themselves through a mixture of adventure, learning and friendship.

To coincide with the occasion, we are launching our ‘draw your own future’ campaign, which aims to promote the role Sea Cadets can have in preparing young people for life, helping them to succeed in whatever future they envisage for themselves.

Find out more about our 'Draw Your Own Future' campaign here.

Crew Connect

Crew Connect

Nick Chubb and Caroline Buckland of Marine Society attended Crew Connect Summit, that took place in Manila, Philippines. The Crew Connect Summit is the global conference for all aspects of crew management such as training and welfare. The Marine Society were there to promote Marine Society's Learn@Sea programme, the book and crew library services and to join the debate about the future of crew management.

Sessions included discussions on controversial topics such as introduction of autonomous ships and digital technologies, through to training initiatives such as ‘coming ashore’, the transition of seafarers into shore-based careers - a campaign the Marine Society have supported in the UK.

Marine Society work to spread awareness

Marine Society work to spread awareness

Rachel Gurnett, Seafarer Education & Data Co-ordinator, and Nick Chubb, Business Developer attended the RN NETS (Naval Education and Training Service) CPD event to provide an update on the provision, as part of the Marine Society’s continuing relationship with Royal Naval staff to NETSO’s (Officers).

The Marine Society continues to offer tutor-supported distance learning courses for Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary Personnel at a discounted rate and thanks to a their partnership with Greenwich Hospital, also offering spouses of Royal Naval personnel a 50% discount on courses.

The event took the form of an open discussion between Marine Society and the NETS team, presenting the latest on the course provision and in education generally, such as the move to linear qualifications. Practical ideas were raised on ways to continue developing the relationship with advisers and provide the best support for learners throughout their studies. This includes Marine Society advisers providing more regular updates about services and courses, and NETSO’s and RN Education Centres being more aware of the types of support available to potential and current learners. Both teams seek to continue working together and build professional relationships in order to provide the best educational opportunities that meet serving personnel’s needs, targets and academic goals.

With the recent Good grading from Ofsted, Marine Society are now focused on increasing the number of learners who can benefit from the provision.

A year in numbers for the Marine Society:

A year in numbers for the Marine Society:

- 38,000 Seafarers’ have access to Marine Society Libraries

- 155 libraries supplied to vessels

- 18,460 books distributed

- 4000 books sold through the bookshop

- 3,168 seafarer qualifications learners accessed digital maths and English via Learn@Sea

- £2m grants for 3,168 seafarer qualifications

- 10,300 information, advice and guidance queries were handled.

- £2.1m worth of scholarships awarded

- 32 of our slater scholars passed their oral exams and received their certificate of competency

- 177 exams were sat, onsite at London HQ and at sea and naval bases

CVQO WESTMINSTER AWARDS

CVQO WESTMINSTER AWARDS

On Tuesday 3 - Friday 6 April, the annual CVQO Westminster Awards selection event was held in the Quantock Hills of Somerset. The event pits the 40 nominees from across the Cadet Forces against eachother in a series of task in fron to of the judges. Sea Cadets were delighted to have nine participants. 

These annual awards recognise selfless, determined individuals who have overcome adversity or a personal challenge or have gone the extra mile to help others. The finalists took part in a week of challenges and tasks in mixed weather conditions, but all set about them with enthusiasm and vigour! The sea cadets now wait to hear which of them have made it into the final lucky 10 who will go to South Africa in the summer.

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