MCA issue guidance on funding for maritime training.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has issued a Marine Information Note for The Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) Fund During the COVID-19 Period

The notice to all ship owners and managers, masters, deck and engineering officers and ratings of merchant vessels, and those concerned with maritime training summarises the UK Government’s additional financial support to assist cadets during the COVID-19 outbreak period.

The MCA plans to support cadets who, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, are unable to complete their training and obtain their Certificate of Competency (CoC) within the allotted 150-week SMarT funding period. This additional funding is designed to assist the cadet to remain sponsored and allow them to develop relevant knowledge and skills through online learning. In order to meet State Aid requirements and ensure accountability of funding, each Training Provider will be required to provide a breakdown of how the funding will be allocated.

Full details are online.