The aims of the MNTB are:
i) To keep under review the current and future skill requirements of the shipping industry and assist companies to meet identified needs that contribute to long term competitiveness, develop the potential of individuals and help secure the UK’s maritime skills base;
ii) To create a flexible structure of qualifications, learning pathways and education and training arrangements, based on national occupational standards, which ensure compliance with statutory standards and achievement of degree, HNC/D and/or Maritime Studies qualifications;
iii) To promote British Shipping and careers in the Merchant Navy as an industry of the future, well managed, technologically advanced and committed to respecting the environment.
MNTB activities include:
- identifying industry skill needs and how they can be achieved;
- developing and maintaining National Occupational Standards for maritime operations;
- developing, maintaining, approving and recognising seafarer education and training programmes, mandatory and industry agreed courses;
- publishing training information, including Training Record Books as part of the approved programmes followed by all new entrants to the industry;
- promoting careers in the Merchant Navy and the shipping industry, through the ‘CAREERS ATSEA’ brand, and linking into wider maritime sector careers promotion through the Sea Vision campaign;
- managing the Merchant Navy Training Provider (MNTP) to ensure unemployed ratings are able to access government funding for continuing training and certification;
- managing the UK Chamber of Shipping’s annual safety awareness awards competition and prize-giving ceremony;
- working with the Maritime Skills Alliance (MSA) for UK maritime skills development purposes.