Boatmaster Apprenticeship (Level 3)

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Boatmaster Apprenticeship (Level 3)

  • Post Date:27th October 2022
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Job Description

City Cruises have been operating on the River Thames for over 40 years. We have a large fleet of vessels totalling 16 which provide several different services. Our main role is as the number one sightseeing operator running between Westminster and Greenwich. We also operate our high-speed Thames jet fleet, lunch, tea and dinner cruises as well as private hire for birthdays, weddings or corporate events.

We have a dedicated team of employees who strive for excellence in delivering a world class experience for all our customers.

Having recently been purchased by Hornblower (one of the
Largest boat operators in the world) the future for City Cruises looks extremely exciting.

Overview of the role:

Through practical and vocational studies, obtain work-related professional qualifications to act as part of the boat crew of Thames Luxury Charters based in London. This 2-year Boatmaster Level 3 Apprenticeship covers a wide range of commercial activity on inland tidal and non-tidal waterways in the UK. Boatmasters often navigate vessels through busy and highly challenging waterways

You will be expected to attend training and complete course work to a high standard.

You will complete the Level 3 Boatmaster apprenticeship a to gain a Tier 1, Level 2 Boatmaster licence.

You will be responsible to: Training manager and, when under way, Master of the Vessel.

Scope of responsibilities:

As an apprentice with City Cruises, you will be expected to act in a professional manner at all times. The safety of our passengers and our employees is paramount, and your day-to-day conduct should reflect this. You will be required to be prompt with time keeping as tardiness can affect the service we provide. You should be able to follow instructions and carry out minor tasks unsupervised. Uniform will be provided and must be worn when at your place of work.

Where: You will be mainly based at Cherry Garden Pier but maybe required to attend different locations on rare occasions to meet business needs.

Desired Skills and Personal Qualities:

  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn your chosen trade.
  • Dedication and commitment to coursework and the job.
  • Confident communicator, able to work well with others.
  • Good timekeeping is essential.
  • Be willing to receive and implement instructions
  • English and Maths to GCSE (or equivalent) grade C or 4.
  • Medical fitness certificate MCA’s ML5 or ENG 1 medical (The employer pays for this after your successful interview)


Start date – January 2023
Hours: Minimum of 38 hours per week (shifts are allocated between Mon-Sun)
Salary: Y1(2023)- £17,503.58 / Y2(2024)- £18,028.69

Accommodation, meals and travel cost provided while away training.

Things to consider:

The training takes place over one and two-week residential segments over 24 months. The training includes over 20 nationally recognised industry qualifications including STCW Basic Training, practical boat handling courses and the SQA Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Rivers, Inland Waterways and Limited Distances to Sea.

City Cruises operates 7 days a week 365 days a year and requires employees to cover a variety of different shift patterns.

Our commitment to inclusion

We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce. We believe in equality of opportunity for all and our approach to recruitment and selection is fair, open and based purely on merit. Applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships. If you require reasonable adjustments in any recruitment process with us, please make us aware.

How to apply

Please send your CV to

Closing date 7th November