Marine Operations Apprenticeship – Level 3, Boatmaster

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Marine Operations Apprenticeship - Level 3, Boatmaster

  • Post Date:5th October 2023
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Job Description

Cory is one of the UK’s leading resource management, recycling, and energy recovery companies. We use the River Thames as a green highway, saving around 100,000 truck movements a year – a vital way of getting traffic off the road and making London safer and less polluted. As a river-based business, we are proud to support the growth of the Thames economy and the wider inland waterways sector.

The Marine Operations Apprenticeship is two years in duration, aimed at achieving industry-recognised qualifications and will be delivered in conjunction with a recognised and approved training body. You will have the opportunity to learn through block-release at college and transfer the skills in a working environment with support from workplace mentors and buddies.

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Based at our Barge Yard in Charlton, the Marine Operations Apprenticeship will support the team afloat by:

  • Assisting the Captain, Mate and crew and following all instructions to ensure a safe and efficient towage operation on our tugs and barges
  • Assisting with ship husbandry
  • Achieving all required qualifications

Through a mixture of college (some residential attendance required) and on-site training, skills will be developed in the following areas:

  • Working within the company’s health, safety, environmental and quality framework
  • Hazard awareness and emergency actions
  • General seamanship and local knowledge
  • Tug operations and on-board equipment
  • Use of tools

Overview of the role
Through practical and vocational studies, obtain work-related professional qualifications to act as part of a boat crew who are responsible for the safe and effective delivery of waste to our energy from waste plant.

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

You will complete the Level 3 Boatmaster apprenticeship at an industry-leading apprenticeship academy to gain a Tier 1, Level 2 Boatmaster licence with the opportunity to achieve further licence endorsements.


  • 36 hours per week (shift-based Monday to Friday with occasional Saturday working)
  • Salary £17,000 per annum
  • Subsistence provided whilst studying at the training provider

We anticipate this apprenticeship will commence in January 2024.

Job requirements

The candidate should:

  • be educated to Maths & English to GCSE Grade 4 or higher
  • be medically fit to pass a medical examination (MCA ML5 – paid for by Cory after interview)

Desired personal qualities

  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn your chosen trade
  • Confident communicator, able to work well with others
  • Good timekeeping is essential
  • A person who is willing to receive and implement instructions

Future prospects

  • There is the potential for a permanent position within the organisation.
  • High achievers will be given the opportunity to progress further within the company.

Important points to consider

  • The successful candidate will be expected to travel from home to college and to their place of work
  • You should also be aware that you will work on a shift basis alongside a crew with occasional Saturday working required
  • Shift times are variable, some as early as a 6am start – you must be able to get to Charlton on-time
  • You will be required to travel for training periodically away from home, for which travel and accommodation expenses will be provided