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GSM training scheme to encompass Vietnam

GSM training scheme to encompass Vietnam

Hanoi: UK-based Graig Ship Management has sponsored twenty Vietnamese officer cadets as part of a scheme to widening its training programme. Under an agreement with Ho Chi Minh City-based University of Transport and Dutch education provider STC Graig Ship Management is to sponsor 10 2nd year and 10 3rd year cadets, both deck and engine, to complete their seatime leading to their first certificate and also a BSc in Maritime Studies on completion of training. Each cadet is also to complete an intensive internationally-recognised English course.

"Vietnam has a strong seafaring tradition and excellent training facilities, but these young men and women lack opportunities to develop themselves in international shipping. Graig can help them, and develop a new source of good crews from the ground up," explains GSM ceo Ian Morgan.

Graig currently sponsors seven UK officer cadets and provides training berths for Filipino trainee seamen. "We are delighted that one of our UK deck cadets and one engineer have recently qualified, and Rebecca Newdick, who recently won Cadet of the Year, is now set for her first voyage as Third Officer on the Thor Spirit," says Morgan. "We will continue to train in the UK and the Philippines. But by extending our training scheme to include Vietnamese officer cadets we will widen the pool of skilled crew we can place at the service of our clients."  [17/09/09]