Academy’s Maritime Skills course success

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THE FIRST year for the Maritime Skills course at Montrose Academy has ended. A total of nine students have achieved the SVQ skills for work certificate in Maritime skills, with a further two receiving passes in two of the outcomes.

The Academy’s youngsters were given an opportunity for personal achievement and the provision of practical, hands-on learning outwith the classroom.

Four main headings are covered by the course.

They range over seamanship, the maritime environment, employability skills and careers in the industry, as well as health and safety.

The course links to the new Curriculum for Excellence and covers its four main aims by developing successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and ultimately, responsible citizens.

The boys have enjoyed many visits to Montrose Lifeboat Station for boat handling and seamanship.

They have also visited Montrose Fire Station, where they had to deal with a ‘real’ fire; Montrose Port Authority to learn how a working harbour is operated; Montrose Coastguard Station for radio communication and sea survival; Montrose swimming pool for a practical sea survival lesson; and Montrose Marine Services where the boys got the chance to ‘drive’ a retired Severn Class lifeboat.

Their last visit was on board the ‘Toisa Vigilant’, of Sea Lion Shipping, in order to see a working ship in practice.

Without the help and enthusiasm of the staff within these local organisations the boys would have struggled to get a full understanding of the Maritime Sector and all of its many opportunities.

One of the pupils who is not pictured, Cameron MacGregor, has enrolled on a Officer Cadet Training programme with Clyde Marine.

The pupils are pictured with the Academy’s new boat. Again this was only made possible through the generosity of local companies.

Montrose Academy has extended grateful thanks to Montrose Port Authority, Montrose Marine Services, Mainstream Renewable Power, Safety Hub, Account Tax, White Cargo Handlers and Crane Hire, Repsol Nuevas Energias U.K. and Montrose Rope and Sail.