Mer­chant Ship­ping (Navy) and the RYA Training

LEWS CASTLE COLLEGE UHI

Estab­lished in 1953, Lews Cas­tle Col­lege has been edu­cat­ing the peo­ple of the Outer Hebrides and stu­dents from all over Scot­land for over fifty years. The col­lege orig­i­nally was located in the his­toric Lews Cas­tle and now in brand new cam­puses in the Isle of Lewis, as a part of the UHI, Scotland’s newest higher edu­ca­tion institute.

The col­lege offers more than 30 Higher National Cer­tifi­cates, Higher National Diplo­mas, Under­grad­u­ate, Post­grad­u­ate and other higher edu­ca­tion pro­grams right up to PhD and has about 300 full-​time stu­dents and over 2300 part-​time and open learn­ing stu­dents. The col­lege also offers more than 200 evening classes through­out the Outer Hebrides.

The main cam­pus of Lews Cas­tle Col­lege (Colaisde a’ Chais­teil) is sit­u­ated in the Cas­tle Grounds, over­look­ing Stornoway Har­bor on the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides (or the West­ern Isles) of Scot­land. Stornoway is the prin­ci­pal town of the West­ern Isles and is home to fan­tas­tic sports facil­i­ties, a bril­liant local arts cen­tre and the inter­na­tion­ally renowned Hebridean Celtic Festival.

Training Programs

Mer­chant Ship­ping Programs

  • NQ Access to Mer­chant Navy (1 year full-​time): The pur­pose of this train­ing pro­gram is to pre­pare young peo­ple for a career at sea by pro­vid­ing them with the nec­es­sary basic skills and qual­i­fi­ca­tions required by ship oper­a­tors in the UK. On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of a one-​year course young peo­ple may be offered an inter­view by ship­ping com­pa­nies. The out­come of the inter­view could then lead to spon­sor­ship with a ship­ping company.
  • Effi­cient Deck Hand (EDH) - 5 days: The pur­pose of this marine train­ing pro­gram is to pre­pare young peo­ple for a career at sea, at rat­ing level, by pro­vid­ing them with the nec­es­sary basic skills and qual­i­fi­ca­tions required by ship oper­a­tors in the UK. Suc­cess­ful can­di­dates are required to com­plete a fur­ther 12 months sea time before gain­ing Able Sea­man status.
  • Port Oper­a­tives Course: This four day course is designed to pro­mote a pro­gram of train­ing based on the National Occu­pa­tional Stan­dards for Port Oper­a­tion or Super­vi­sion of Port Oper­a­tions. It is deliv­ered in con­junc­tion with train­ing provider and con­sul­tants Port Skills and Safety Ltd (PSS).
  • GMDSS: Global Mar­itime Dis­tress and Safety Sys­tem - Short Range Cer­tifi­cate (2 days evening): The holder of this cer­tifi­cate is autho­rized to oper­ate a VHF DSC and VHF– only radio tele­phone sta­tion estab­lished in a ship under a license issued by the Sec­re­tary of State.
  • STCW Per­sonal Safety and Social Respon­si­bil­i­ties (PSSR) - (1 day): This course is a pre req­ui­site for entry to the Mer­chant Navy. A cer­tifi­cate is issued by the col­lege on the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the course on behalf of the Mar­itime Coastal Agency.
  • STCW Ele­men­tary First Aid (1 day): The course is deliv­ered by an approved cer­tifi­cated instruc­tor and com­plies with the Mer­chant Navy Train­ing Board (MNTB) and Sea Fish Indus­try Author­ity (SEAFISH) require­ments for the issue of their certificates.
  • STCW Per­sonal Sur­vival Tech­niques (PST): This course is a pre req­ui­site for entry to the Mer­chant Navy. A cer­tifi­cate is issued by the col­lege on the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the course on behalf of the Mar­itime Coastal Agency.

RYA Pro­grams

  • RYA Power­boat - Level 2 (2 days)
  • RYA Power­boat - Inter­me­di­ate Level (2 days)
  • RYA Power­boat - Advanced Level (2 days)
  • RYA Coastal Skip­per - Shore­based Course (40hours)
  • RYA Radar Cer­tifi­cate Course (1 day)
  • For more infor­ma­tion on RYA pro­grams see here

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