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Apprenticeship training course

Workboat crewmember (level 3)

Working on a wide variety of specialist vessels.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Transport and logistics
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Take responsibility for personal safety and the safety of up to 24 persons on board such as passengers and technicians who may not have marine experience and other crew members
  • Respond to a wide range of emergency situations with minimum instruction or guidance, using their own initiative. Deploy and operate emergency equipment appropriate to the situation. E.g. Life rafts, man overboard equipment, emergency pumps, emergency towlines
  • Maintain and operate life-saving and fire-fighting equipment and administer emergency first aid and communicate with the coastguard in the event of a medivac, if required.
  • Steer a workboat, alter course and transit to a safe haven or berth through busy waterways and in an emergency situations manoeuvre a workboat to enable recovery of man overboard or safe boarding of RNLI or MCA, in the event of the Master’s incapacity.
  • Load and unload cargo and equipment using deck cranes, including the correct slinging of loads, use of international signalling methods and correct stowage of dangerous goods
  • Operate winches and other mooring equipment to safely anchor, moor or unmoor a workboat in isolation
  • Assist in multi-skilled deck operations, such as anchor handling, plough dredging, survey activities, setting up a tow, recovery of towline in adverse weather conditions, transfer of personnel and equipment
  • Maintain a workboats machinery including main engines and deck equipment in full operational condition
  • Maintain a workboats weather and watertight integrity and take necessary action if breached
  • Undertake emergency repairs and fuel filter changes whilst underway
  • Ensure safe means of access to/egress from a workboat
  • Prepare crew meals ensuring correct hygiene standards are maintained
  • Identify and manage their own and colleagues wellbeing by effectively recognising signs of fatigue
  • Apply IT skills including basic spreadsheet and word processing to enable appropriate and statutory information to be recorded such as engine and maintenance records, hours of work

Full information on Workboat crewmember (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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