Where better to demonstrate @Sea Apps than AT SEA!
Coracle have worked with The Marine Society since 2011, developing and delivering a range of courses to support seafarers. This April, RMT-Learning invited the Marine Society to join them on board with DFDS Seaways to talk to seafarers about some of the options available to them, ranging from on board GCSE and A-Level, to support via the Slater scholarship for rating to OOW conversion, and of course, the @sea courses.
James Tweed of Coracle joined the travelling group, spending two days traversing the channel on DFDS vessels MS Delft, Dover and Dunkerque Seaways.
The crew on board these vessels are really busy but we found that many of them were able to make time to come and chat and there was a high level of interest at the various learning opportunities being discussed.
The RMT ULR (Union Learning Rep), Mark Stannard, played a pivotal role in ensuring that crew were aware of the event and DFDS HR manager Nicola Steer demonstrated the commitment to supporting crew that DFDS offer.
If the apprentices that we met were representative of the quality of young crew that the line can attract then there’s a bright future ahead.
The positive feedback that we received builds on the good news in April for the @sea courses, following the official accreditation awarded by international body IMarEST. Their recognition of the quality signals to their members that the courses are aligned with their professional standards and Charles Woodward (Business Development Marine Society and Sea Cadets) commented, "The Marine Society has been committed to supporting and training seafarers since 1756. It was a pleasure for Carla Rockson and I to work closely with the RMT and DFDS and to see just how the RMT works in the promotion of education and welfare for it’s members. The endorsement and recognition by IMarEST of the work we have done with Coracle to deliver the @Sea courses is recognition that the courses set a very high standard. The Learning Line platform from Coracle, together with the Android and iOS Apps, ensure access to courses, even when offline. Supporting the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) of seafarers is extremely important to The Marine Society."
The @sea courses:
Maths@Sea is aimed at nautical students and those about to begin a course at nautical college. The programme has been written by professionals in nautical education and is entirely marine themed, using relevant, nautically-flavoured examples and language. As well as functional maths, it also covers elementary aspects of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry: essential skill sets at nautical college, but often no longer covered as part of the school curriculum.
Maths@Sea PLUS takes learners to the next step in developing maths skills. This course is aimed at nautical students undertaking OOW or higher STCW certification. Written by professionals in maritime education and designed with seafarers in mind the course contains five core modules: Algebra, Trigonometry, Charts and Bearings, Introduction to Functions and Introduction to Calculus.
Writing@Sea aims to help students get to grips with the fundamentals of written English including report writing, formal letters and grammar essentials. This course is tailor made for the maritime sector with examples, assignments, and tests using familiar seafaring language and imagery. The course is authored by a specialist English tutor with a wealth of experience as an external assessor.