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Secondary 3 or above. At least 16.5 years of age. Applicants must pass the interview and the simple eye sight and colour blindness tests.
This course aims at meeting the training and manpower needs of the maritime industry by providing a steady supply of properly trained junior general purpose ratings. It also provides opportunities for youngsters, who prefer to choose alternative routes for their career advancement.
The Recruitment and Placement Officer of Institute will arrange registration and interviews for students. At present, majority of graduates serve on local tugs, bunker barge, harbour ferries, high-speed ferries running between Hong Kong and Macau or Mainland and also serve on superyachts. The rest of graduates work in maritime related sectors.
Having gained sufficient sea service experience, graduates may apply for examinations leading to Certificates of Competency, Class 3 Deck Officer (River Trade) or Grade 3 Coxswain (Local Vessel).
This education and training program is developed according to International Convention on Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) requirements, and has been duly approved by the Hong Kong Marine Department as a Qualified Seafarers Training Course.
This is also an approved training course included the Local Vessel Trade Training Incentive Scheme under the Maritime and Aviation Training Fund (MATF).
Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.