In recognition of the Institute's Centenary in 2011, it
was agreed that the Trust should adopt a more pro-active position.
It had set some ambitious objectives for the short and medium term.
Below are some of the projects that the Education Trust Fund has
supported most recently.
Former Cadet Richard - Now OOW
Most of the education offered by the Institute of Chartered
Shipbrokers, embraces those already in the shipping industry. They
work in shipbroking offices, in port agency or in companies on the
fringe of the maritime world.
The Education Trust Fund has gone further than that by
sponsoring someone working at the coalface of shipping. He is a
cadet working aboard ships. The cadet, who has just completed his
indentures and has passed his Class 3 certificate of competency, is
Richard, aged 20 and is now eligible to perform the duties of a
watch keeping officer on board ocean-going ships.
He was attracted to the sea from an early age. As a keen sailor
and member of his local sea cadet group he had previously gained an
RYA Commercial Masters Coastal License and during a 2 month cruise
around the Cape of Good Hope, he got a taste for life at sea and a
career in the Merchant Navy beckoned.
All these tasks he was busy learning during his three-year
cadetship or apprenticeship. During this time he served on cargo
ships, including one that carried bananas from the West Indies to
Europe. He also served on board a passenger ship performing cruises
around the Scottish Islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides and up
to the North of Norway. Another spell was spent on a ferry between
England and Ireland.
He is able to stand a watch on the bridge for eight hours a day,
usually from 0800 to 1200 and 2000 to midnight. He is capable of
navigating the ship, making course alterations and keeping the
Master informed of any unforeseen problems. He is usually posted on
the afterdeck to oversee the mooring and unmooring of the ship when
arriving or departing its berth.
The Trustees have just approved funding of another cadet and so,
funding a cadet is a bit like painting the Forth Bridge. No sooner
has one qualified, and then the Trust Fund starts again with the
TutorShip Support for Sarah
Candidates for ICS examinations rarely come directly from a
seafaring occupation. But one of our students did just that last
She was obviously highly-motivated. She already had the
equivalent of a First Mates Foreign Going certificate of
competency. While at sea with a cruise line which ran sailing
ships, she was going for a BSc (Hons) in Marine Operations
Management with distance learning from Warsash University but found
it hard to find time to study.
She then went for a position on a ferry servicing the Scottish
Highlands and Islands and thereafter a cableship. But while
she was at sea, things deteriorated at home. So while supporting
her family by performing shorter voyages, she studied for her ICS
With the assistance of both TutorShip and the Educational Trust
Fund, she has successfully progressed up the qualification ladder.
She now has just two more exams, Legal Principles in Shipping
Business and Economics of Sea Transport and International Trade, to
gain her PQE. She sits them in 2015.
Of the ICS distance-learning arrangements, she says, "I would
like to do the TutorShip course again as I found it an invaluable
system and way of learning and I have learned it is beneficial to
have support and contact from the tutors."
It is this sort of ambition that the Institute of Chartered
Shipbrokers Education Fund applauds and does its best to
An Irishman, employed in the docks in Dublin was experiencing
family problems. It badly affected the family budget so that he
felt he had to bring his studies for his Institute exams to a
halt. He had already passed Shipping Business, Port Agency
and Liner Trades.
The Trustees of the Education Trust Fund looked into the case
and felt that he had already shown commitment by studying and
passing three subjects with quite reasonable marks. They therefore
assisted him with support to enable him to gain his Professional
Qualifying Examinations (PQE). These form the pinnacle of ICS
qualifications and completion of these exams is an illustration of
one's developed knowledge and understanding of the commercial
Passing through this phase will enable the candidate to gain
advancement within his chosen career path in shipping, a
demonstration that charity begins at home.
High Tide Middlesborough
The one tradition that the Institute has at the forefront of its
policies, is that of education. We have always been aware that to
get people passionate about a subject, it is necessary to catch
In recent years, this has been seen in sport; mainly because so
many scores of sports get enormous publicity. Shipping has no such
publicity, so instead of the young, in the course of their daily
lives, tripping over the shipping industry, we take it to them.
As an example, in the middle of October, a staff member of the
Institute, experienced in the ways of shipping since the age of 15,
went to the premises of one of our branch members in Middlesbrough.
The area has a charity called High Tide, which introduces
youngsters to various industries at an early age and is greatly
supported by the Institute's Education Trust Fund.
On this occasion 12 school children from two local schools
together with two teachers attended a two-hour lecture on shipping.
Being from the North-east of England, many had relatives; parents
or grandparents, who had been in the merchant navy. It was quite
obvious from the questions raised at the end of the session, that
many had heard their forebears telling them stories, and now the
details were clicking into place.
Now some of those present will not make their way into the
maritime world. But some will think seriously about it. And others
will sit up and take more interest and go further from there. As
the saying goes, 'You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make
High Tide South Africa
One of the Institute's main roles is one of education. But this
is also tempered with charity. The Institute of Chartered
Shipbrokers Education Trust Fund makes donations to causes which
will make small improvements in the shipping industry and offer a
helping hand to a few who are working in it.
One example is that of a charity in the northeast of England.
High Tide introduces school children to the shipping industry. It
joined hands with the ICS and introduced a similar education
programme in South Africa. School principals will recommend
suitable candidates from among their pupils.
The scheme includes an eight-week after-school cadet training
period, a 12-week pre-employment course and a two-week
work-placement scheme worked over the holidays. It was
launched in South Africa by the Institute's vice-president Bruce
"The children come from underprivileged backgrounds and have no
concept of the shipping industry and the employment and training
opportunities it offers," he said. "Once they are enrolled in the
programme, the children show diligence and commitment."
You can watch the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers launch of
High Tide in South Africa by clicking on the following link.
WMU Bursary Abdullah
In accordance with its Declaration of Trust, the ICS Trust Fund
is able to award a bursary to suitable students.
Last year it awarded one to a scholar who wished to attend the
World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden. The
university is sustained by the International Maritime Organization
(IMO) and thus is a seat of learning that has support unparalleled
in the nautical sector. In his year, there were 130 students
from 49 countries; a truly international set.
Our student commented that, "The professors and faculty members
are highly respected, trained, vastly experienced and have devoted
their lives to improving maritime training and education."
These observations strike a chord within the Institute as it echoes
our own endeavours.
The students fall into three separate groups. One
comprises school-leavers with no shipping exposure. Another
consists of ex-seafarers who have a tremendous amount of practical
ability but little commercial skill. The third is made up of those
with some exposure to the shipping sector while working ashore.
It appears that the third group were fairly arrogant to start
with. They thought the school leavers would never catch up, while
the ex-seafarers would struggle with the commercial side of
shipping. But it is peculiar how the human brain works. The
school-leavers quickly grasped the way shipping worked. The
ex-sailors took no time at all to link what they had experienced at
sea with the mercantile shroud that enveloped it all.
Our student has now graduated after three very successful years.
His ambition was to gain a distinction and other awards. He did
become student president in his final year but we have yet to learn
how his efforts were rewarded with regard to his final marks.
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