Cadet Training Program Management
The Cadet Training Program is an extensive 9 Month basic training course, offered in both official languages. In the Merchant Navy, a cadet is an officer under training in much the same way as the military context. All Cadets receive training in firefighting, first aid and survival techniques.
Cadets choose either one of two branches for professional development. Deck cadets train in the fields of navigation, shiphandling and cargo handling as well as maritime law. Engineering cadets train to become marine engineers, and as such their fields encompass a range of theoretical and practical engineering subjects, including Mechanical engineering, thermodynamics, control engineering, applied mathematics, welding and fabrication. Engineering practice is mostly learned during the cadet’s assignment to a ship.
The cadet training scheme differs from country to country, but the learning objectives are always the same. In the UK for example, cadets undergo training in a block-release format, spending a shorter time in college before going to sea for a short assignment after which the cadet returns to college. Other countries allow the cadet to finish his/her degree before going to sea, but most countries seem to prefer a system where a cadet completes all of his/her sea time before returning to college for the final year of their degree.