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Marine Pilot apprenticeship

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The marine pilot apprenticeship can be used to develop new entrants and to upskill or reskill the existing workforce.

Occupational profile

The marine pilot must be able to respond to emergency situations. They must know and adhere to safe navigational, vessel handling and environmental working practices and international regulations without endangering themselves, the vessel, its crew or the marine environment. A marine pilot must be able to climb/descend a vertical rope ladder from/to a launch holding position alongside a moving vessel, often in rough weather. They must be able to use survival techniques in water.

A marine pilot typically works shifts to ensure they take regulated rest hours. They must have local knowledge of the waters, navigation and environment in which they will carry out acts of pilotage.


This is a level 5 apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

Individual employers will determine their own entry requirements; but due to the nature of the role it is expected that candidates will meet certain medical standards of physical health.

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking their end point assessment.

Typical duration

30-36 months, excluding end point assessment.


This apprenticeship has a maximum funding cap of £18,000.

The apprenticeship programme is funded in one of the following ways via the employer’s apprenticeship service account.

Non-levy paying employersLevy paying employers
100% Government funded if the apprentice is 16-21 years.Paid using the apprenticeship levy.
100% Government funded if the employer has less than 50 employees and the apprentice is 22-24 years and previously been in care or has an education, health and care plan (EHCP).If the levy runs out, the same rules apply as non-levy paying employers.
95% Government funded in all other cases with a 5% employer contribution.

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