Genesis Personnel Ltd, the North East’s recruitment and employment specialists in the maritime and offshore sectors, has just gained MCA and Marlins accreditation.
It is now a Marlins Approved Test Centre for the ISF Marlins English Language Test for Seafarers and the ISF Marlins Test of Spoken English (TOSE), the nearest test centre before now being situated in Glasgow.
Louise Stephens, marine co-ordinator at Genesis, explained: “Genesis Personnel supports an international client base that provides permanent, temporary and contract personnel to the maritime industry, energy, oil and gas industry, local government and commercial and industrial companies globally, so we recognise how important it is for new recruits to be able to communicate effectively, especially where safety is paramount.
“We can be asked to fill vacancies anywhere from Peterhead to Panama and, increasingly, ships’ crews are commonly made up of several different nationalities, so proficiency in English is essential.”
The ISF Marlins English Language Test is an online assessment tool, which tests seafarers’ understanding of both written and spoken English. It allows vessel operators to demonstrate that seafarers, of whatever nationality, have been assessed on their ability to communicate in English, a necessity that has been given additional emphasis by the ISM Code and the revised STCW convention.
“Four of our staff are now qualified to administer the tests that we offer in both Peterhead and Aberdeen, and being the only test centre north of Glasgow this can provide companies operating out of North East ports access to training prior to their personnel joining a vessel” Louise said.
The ISF Marlins Test of Spoken English can be used in conjunction with the ISF Marlins online test to provide the employer with a complete profile of the seafarer’s language proficiency. At present seafarers can take the online test from home, but Marlins Approved Test Centres are considered to be a more trustworthy method of testing. Most employers now will only accept tests taken at an Approved Test Centre. The TOSE can only be taken at Approved Test Centres.
Louise added: “In recent years we have seen the marine sector of our business increase in strength and demand and in line with our business ethos of constantly looking for new challenges and new services to offer both existing and potential clients, Genesis has now added the Marlins testing facility to the services on offer.”