The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), HEART Trust/NTA, Enterprise Based Training (EBT) Department and Luxury Yacht Group, have joined forces to develop a training programme to prepare seafaring students at the CMI to take up positions on luxury yachts.
The course “Mastering Yacht Life”, the first of its kind, will begin on Monday, February 15, at the CMI with a cohort of 20 students who have completed their Officer training at the CMI.
According to Mr. Fritz Pinnock, Executive Director at the CMI, “this course is a professional development course which will see final year officer cadets and some who have already graduated and received their certificates of competency from the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, getting further training to be able to operate effectively and efficiently aboard luxury yachts. The course will attempt to develop the “soft skills” of the participants, because luxury yachts call for the finer skill sets that are not a regular part of the training programme.”
Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the MAJ, and Chair of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Standards of Training and Watchkeeping Sub-Committee, noted that “this is an excellent opportunity for our seafarers, and a timely launch of this innovative programme, particularly as this year has been designated the Year of the Seafarer by the IMO, which is emphasizing the contributions of the world’s seafarers as well as marking the completion of the extensive review of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention, which is the international standard governing the training of seafarers. This course complements the STCW standards and will put our seafarers at an advantage when they seek jobs on the global market. ”
The course runs for two weeks and will benefit from the experience of Mr. Rupert Connor, President, Luxury Yacht Group, who will be delivering the yachting aspect of the course. Other aspects of the course will be delivered by HEART Trust NTA. At the end of the course, the successful candidates will receive National Vocational Qualification Jamaica (NVQJ) certification.
The course is endorsed by the Hon. Minister of Transport and Works Hon. Michael Henry and the Ministry of Transport and Works, parent ministry for the CMI and the MAJ.