A group of dedicated industry professionals has been created to prioritise the health and well-being of cadets during training, both on land and at sea. 

Young people are critical to the future of maritime, so it is important they feel safe and supported at every step of their cadet journey.

While an opportunity for a new career and adventure, being a cadet is hard work, often with long periods away from home and family, learning new skills and technologies. 

The aim of the Cadet Welfare Support Group is to protect the cadet throughout this training, ensuring the correct teaching, practice and conditions are consistent throughout, while providing an external support and intervention system.  

Made up of representatives from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), the Merchant Navy Training Board and Nautilus International, the support group will investigate cadet health and safety issues as and when they arise, evaluating the risk to cadet’s safety and, if required, manage and implement a course of action.  

The support group expects sponsoring companies and the trainers who manage cadets to provide adequate support, training and safe working conditions at all times when on board.  

Maritime Minister Baroness Vere said:

We remain dedicated to supporting and protecting our seafarers. 

The launch of the Cadet Welfare Support Group is yet another testament to our unwavering commitment to ensure that our cadets’ health and well-being are in safe hands. This initiative underscores MCA’s dedication to address concerns head-on and conduct thorough investigations when issues are raised. 

Virginia McVea, Maritime and Coastguard Agency Chief Executive, said: 

The Cadet Welfare Support Group is an opportunity to ensure the cadet training experience is the best it can be. Safer seas and shipping are at the forefront of the MCA’s work, and that starts with our cadets. 

The safety and well-being of cadets while training is paramount – any issues experienced during this training will have a direct impact on the cadet’s mental and physical health. 

Issues brought to the attention of the group will be dealt with as quickly as possible, to ensure the cadet’s safety is not at risk.

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