A group of young nautical cadets keen to improve their chances of a career at sea have teamed up with the Fleetwood unit of the MVS for real work experience opportunities.
The Fleetwood unit opened in November 2016 and they are keeping to their promise of maintaining the UK’s maritime heritage by enlisting the help of the cadets at Blackpool and Fylde College’s Fleetwood Nautical Campus to help with engineering projects on-board their launch every Friday.
The students have been studying a pre-cadetship course since September, improving their CVs in the hope of gaining sponsorship for a career in the Merchant Navy.
The MVS has linked with the college in what they hope will be a long standing partnership to continue offering the work placement opportunity to keen cadets looking at becoming marine engineers and for others working at sea.
Fleetwood Head of Unit, Volunteer Officer Tony Coleman said, “Our work with the College is a good example of how the MVS can help in the community.
We are looking forward to working closely with the other organisations as and when circumstances allow.”
Each week, members of MVS Fleetwood supervise the students in work such as bilge cleaning, oil removal, safe disposal of chemicals and safety on board.
Some other tasks that will be completed soon include refitting air intake vents, and assisting the unit’s engineer to service the vessel’s two engines.
Picture: Andy Binyon Volunteer Supervisor, Sam Anderson Student, Tony Coleman, Head of Unit.