Skills for Work - Maritime Skills


The Skills for Work (Vocational Pathways) programme offers young people in Shetland the opportunity to undertake college-based vocational training during their 3rd and 4th years at school.

Skills for Work Maritime Skills is relevant to anyone considering a career in the maritime industries, including fishing. The course provides basic knowledge and a range of practical skills relevant to maritime industries as well as raising awareness of the range of employment opportunities available in the maritime sector.

When you complete the you will be awarded a Skills for Work - Maritime Skills award which is SQA accredited at SCQF Level 5.

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"Learning a lot of new things that will be useful for my career at sea."


"Really enjoying it all but being out on the boat is best."

Course Information content

Course Information

Course Information

In Skills for Work Maritime Skills you will learn about, and gain practical skills in, a variety of topics relevant to maritime careers, including:

An Introduction to Seamanship

  • Bbasic boat-handling skills and develops awareness of safety requirements.
  • Anchoring, mooring and securing a boat and the use of ropes, wires and chains.

Health & Safety in the Maritime Sector

  • Risk assessments and boat evacuation.
  • Basic firefighting & first aid.

The Maritime Environment

  • Weather and its effects on maritime activities.
  • Basic navigation & chartwork.

Small Boat Engineering

  • Basic engineering of small boats.
  • Propulsion and steering methods and types of engines.
  • Routine care and maintenance of an engine and auxiliaries.

Employability Skills and Careers in the Maritime Sector

  • The range of maritime industries, services and career opportunities available.
Skills for Work Overview content

Skills for Work Overview

Skills for Work Overview

Skills for Work courses help you to become familiar with the world of work and provide knowledge and a variety of practical experiences linked to particular careers. They will also help you to develop general knowledge and skills that are important for employment and for life in general, including:

  • an understanding of the workplace, including your own responsibilities such as timekeeping, appearance and customer care;
  • evaluating your own progress, strengths and weaknesses;
  • analysing and solving problems; and
  • adaptability and a positive attitude.
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Practical Information

Practical Information

Skills for Work Mariitme Skills is delivered at the NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway.

You will receive a free bus pass to travel to and from Scalloway but you will be responsible for making your own way to and from the college.

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How to Apply

How to Apply

Your school will provide information on how to apply for a Skills for Work course.

You will be asked to attend an (online) interview as part of the application process.

The number of places on each course is limited and you may not get a place on the course of your choice if there are more applications than there are places available.

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Further Information

Please contact us if you need further information about this Skills for Work course, or would like to speak to someone about it.