Firm to help seafarers sail through training

Managing director of Genesis Personnel, Wendy Marr and the marine team
Managing director of Genesis Personnel, Wendy Marr and the marine team

A leading North-east recruitment firm is encouraging seafarers to undertake new security training ahead of mandatory deadlines in July.

Genesis Personnel, which has offices in Peterhead, has expanded its specialised training for the shipping/maritime industry to incorporate new training requirements, following amendments to the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The new regulations, which first came into effect in 2012, states that everyone employed or engaged on board ships of any kind, whether deck, engine/technical, hotel, superyacht or concession, must complete a formally recognised STCW security training courses by 1 July this year.

The two levels of training include, ‘Security Awareness’, intended for seafarers and crew who do not have designated security duties but need to recognise and understand security threats; and ‘Security Duties’ which expands on the awareness course with additional and practical information for crew members with designated duties who are more likely to face a security threat, such as bridge watchkeepers and gangway staff.

Genesis Personnel is one of the only approved test centres in the North-east to provide and deliver Marlins’ online STCW Security training courses and assessments, which are recognised by UK MCA.

The firm has partnered with Marlins for several years on English language testing, using the ISF Marlins English Language test for seafarers and the ISF Marlins Test of Spoken English (TOSE).

Marine and Offshore Manager at Genesis Personnel, Andrea Paterson, said: “Whether you work on board a ship or employ people who do, the training must be completed by July and importantly, will need to be certified by an approved test centre.

“We now have more than 10 fully qualified staff to support candidates, administer tests and certify crew for our clients from our offices in Aberdeen and Peterhead.”

Genesis Personnel has been a Marlins approved test centre since 2011 and is fully up-to-date with all the latest regulations.

The ISF Marlins English Language test for Seafarers, and the ISF Marlins test of Spoken English (TOSE), are used to test seafarer’s understanding of both written and spoken English, vital for working internationally.