InterManager is taking part in a new subsidy scheme which aims to boost the number of cadet berths on vessels – helping cadets to gain the vital sea-time they need in order to qualify as seafarers.
Working with the Polish Seafarers Trade Union Organization OMK, InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, is inviting ship operators to participate in a program launched by the Polish Government which guarantees 75% subsidies towards six-month contracts for 400 Polish cadets.
The cadet program is open to any ship management company wishing to allocate sea berths to students studying at Polish maritime universities who have already spent six months at sea but require a further six months to complete their training and qualify as officers or engineers.
The initial pilot program will be open to Polish cadets but InterManager hopes other seafaring countries will follow suit in the near future.
InterManager, together with the Seafarers Trade Union Organization OMK, will fully support the program, assist with the cadets’ employment, and communicate with the maritime university or an MLC approved shipping agency
Once cadets have completed their sea time and graduated as an officer or engineer, InterManager plans to encourage shipowners to offer them a full-time role with the company.
He explained: “Talking to many of our members, especially third-party ship managers and crew managers, I realized that they might not have a separate budget for cadet salaries (as required by MLC) and therefore are unable to take ‘last trip cadets’ onboard their managed ships.”