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NAVY NEWS, JUNE 2007 39
Turn experience into qualifications
WOULD you like all your years 1995 and now attracts public Parkes, based in Bristol and
of experience to be worth some- services and industry employees. Plymouth, achieved his HNC and
thing towards the qualifications Uniquely flexible HNC, HND HND whilst in a very demanding
demanded today in your field? and degree programmes are Service job and is now considering
Many people want to achieve offered, in a range of subjects, going on to complete a degree.
key qualifications but find that using various delivery methods, Flt Lt Tom McGowan chose
college day release and evening such as short intensive courses, Blackburn College’s VET pro-
study are an unrealistic option. distance-learning modules and gramme to study for an HNC in
The Vocational Education accreditation of prior learning. mechanical engineering. After suc-
Training (VET) programme, an People can study from afar, cessfully completing this course he
initiative by Blackburn College, start when they like and will enjoy received an officer commission Associated British Ports is the UK's largest and leading ports group, handling about a
was designed to assist mem- the full support of an experienced and went on to study for an HND
quarter of the country's seaborne trade.
bers of the Forces to achieve and dedicated training team all in the same subject.
nationally-recognised higher year round. “They have been fantastic,”
education qualifications in a Former Flt Sgt Eddie Brophy, said Tom. “I cannot sing their
The Humber Estuary is the busiest commercial waterway and largest pilotage authority
flexible way, to suit today’s who has left the RAF after 33 praises enough. in the UK handling vessels of every size and type from coastal and short sea traders, to
complex Service lifestyles. years, succeeded in achieving his “I chose the VET programme
The VET programme, recog- HNC and HND with the VET because I had heard of its
some of the largest ore and oil tankers trading world-wide. This wide diversity of traffic
nised by the Career Transition programme in between deploy- flexible attitude and approach. provides successful applicants the opportunity of a varied and challenging marine career.
Partnership, is now a leading pro- ments as far apart as the Falkland The backing I have had over the
vider in its field. It has grown Islands and Basra. last few years has been nothing
strongly since it started back in Eddie has now embarked on short of superb.”
a new career as an engineering To find out more, call 01254
Trainee Marine Pilots
Medical depth
surveyor. 292455 or send an e-mail to
A Royal Navy colleague, Andy vets@blackburn.ac.uk.
Based at Hull Competitive Package
AFTER 14 years in business,
Intermedic Services has trained
A number of vacancies for Trainee Marine Pilots are available in this location to meet
more than 2,000 diver medics and
current demand and for future retirements.
fi rst-aiders. They have been run-
ning courses for the last ten years
with an excellent reputation for
Applicants should ideally hold a RN STCW II/2, however, consideration will be given to those
professionalism and quality. officers holding a RN STCW II/1 and who have successfully completed the FNO course.
The organisation is HSE
approved to run First Aid at Work
Vacancies are open to all EU citizens and others who can demonstrate a legal right to
and renewal courses, in addition
to MCA courses.
take up residence and work in the UK.
The Intermedic centre boasts
four lecture theatres, each fit- Successful applicants will be required to undertake a probationary period.
ted with overhead projectors and
dedicated screens, multimedia
If you have the commitment and enthusiasm to meet this challenge and make a
equipment and projectors.
In addition the main medical
successful career of pilotage on the Humber please write with your full CV to:
lecture theatre has a diving recom-
pression chamber simulator which Assistant Personnel Manager, Associated British Ports, PO Box. 1, Port House,
is used for practical scenarios.
Northern Gateway, Hull, HU9 5PQ. Tel. No. (01482) 327171
Find out more by calling 01752
863 235 or e-mail Interdive@
undersea.demon.co.uk.
For an informal discussion interested persons are invited to call Pilotage Operations
on (01482) 617200 and ask to speak to an operations manager.
TRAIN FOR A NEW CAREER
WITH SUBNET SERVICES
Alternatively visit Associated British Ports web site
Wanted urgently for vacancies
http://www.abports.co.uk/vacancies.htm to download an application form.
worldwide. Remotely Operated
Vehicle Pilot Technicians. Electrical/
Electronics background required.
O.T.E. when qualified £45,000
For information telephone
01483 480482
THE UK’S LEADING PORTS GROUP
Day release not an option?
reach new heights
Convert your experience into qualifications
The Vocational Education Training (VET)
Aircraft Technicians
Programme, an initiative of Blackburn College, Middle East
provides uniquely flexible routes to HNC, HND
VT Aerospace is a supplier of support services to military and government organisations
and Degree success.
within the UK and overseas.
We have an ongoing requirement to meet our commitments, particularly for Middle East
Designed for HM Forces, it's proven ideal Defence Contracts, through the maintenance of Fast-Jet, Transport, Training and Rotary
for the hectic lifestyles of today’s Service and
Wing Aircraft, with the emphasis on the training of local nationals, both in the classroom and
on the job.
Industry professionals.
We are able to offer stimulating and rewarding work in a tax-free environment.
Further benefits include, Free Accommodation, Free Medical & Dental Care, Generous
• Study from afar Leave with Free Flights, Sports and Leisure Facilities.
• Start any time of the year
• Enjoy the support of our specialist team all discover new horizons
year round
• Market leading programme - set up in 1995
• Using the best flexible study methods, we tailor
Naval Technicians
training to your individual experience
Saudi Arabia
• HNCs, HNDs and Degree Programmes in
VT Naval Support (VTNS) have an ongoing requirement to provide Technicians to support,
Engineering, Telecommunications and
repair and maintain VT built Royal Saudi Naval Force’s Al Jawf Class Minehunters in Jubail.
Management Fields
Weapons Technician – RCMDS, Fire Control, VEMS, RBOC, Small Arms.
Electronics Technician – Radar, EW, Comms, Nautis, Navaids, Sonar.
To find out more about transforming your career
Mechanical Technician – Pumps, Compressors, Hydraulics, Sewage Systems, A/C,
prospects and building on your experience,
Refrigeration, Diving Gear, Diesels, Bow Thrusters, Propulsion System,
Deck Machinery, Hydraulic Cranes.
give us a call on 01254 29-24-55, Electrical Technicians – Bow Thrusters, Electrical Power Generation and Distribution,
email: vets@blackburn.ac.uk or
Electrical Control Equipment, HVME, SPCS, CMS Log, MCAS, NCS
visit www.blackburn.ac.uk/vets
Experience – ONC/HNC or equivalent combination of training and experience.
Ex-Navy senior rate or Naval Dockyard engineer would be suitable, preferably with
“Sandown Class” experience.
Contracts are open-ended with free villa-style furnished accommodation, free food and
laundry, excellent leisure and recreational facilities, generous leave and flight entitlements,
free medical care and a quality pension scheme.
If you are interested in one of the above positions then apply directly by forwarding a
detailed CV, along with covering letter, detailing which position you are applying for to:
Michael Pearson, HR Dept, VT Aerospace, RAF Linton on Ouse YO30 2AJ.
Email: michael.pearson@vtplc.com Tel: 01347 847711
www.vtplc.com
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