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Shipping Cadet - Deck - 2024

Shipping Cadet - Deck - 2024

  • Location United Kingdom - Sunbury
  • Travel required Up to 50% travel should be expected with this role
  • Job category Shipping Group
  • Relocation available This role is not eligible for relocation
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code RQ071206
  • Experience level Intermediate
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Job summary


Trading & Shipping

Job Family Group:

Shipping Group

Job Summary:

Picture yourself cruising the oceans on a multi-million-dollar supertanker, transporting commodities all over the world. And you could become a fully trained officer with internationally recognized qualifications in just three adventure-filled years.

We’ll pay your exam and course fees and give you a generous allowance (starting at £11,000 per year!) to help you enjoy your journey.

Job Description:

This wide-ranging role will make you a key part of the crew. You’ll learn to navigate the ship safely, load and unload cargo, handle the ship’s legal and commercial business, and oversee crew operations. You’ll handle physical tasks such as chipping rust off metalwork, and bridge / cargo watch keeping, which involves monitoring equipment and looking out for other vessels. You’ll also shadow more senior crew and help monitor pump operations, maintain equipment and more. In time, you’ll learn to plan the ship’s passage and learn all about anchoring, docking and cargo operations. 

You will split your time between nautical college and on board one of our super tankers.  Once you’re trained and qualified, you’ll have a UK foundation degree or college diploma in marine operations, a seafarer’s licence and deck watch keeping officer ‘certificate of competency’ from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).  

This role involves day/night shift work, so you need to be flexible in working hours. 

Minimum requirement to board:

At least 18 years old by 1st September 2024

Be a British citizen and have a British passport

Applicants will need to pass an industry-standard medical examination in order to complete a placement at sea 

Driven, with an adventurous, can do attitude and resilience to challenging environments

An aptitude for learning


Either 54 UCAS points (or equivalent) including maths or science grade 5 / Grade ‘B’ or above in all the following subjects:​ Mathematics​, Science​ (with physical science content) and English language​

Or National Certificate/diploma in appropriate subjects (Engineering/Science/Maritime) plus GCSE (**or  equivalent as approved by the College) grade 5 / Grade ‘B’ or above in all the following subjects:​ Mathematics​, Science​ and English language​

Or: Successful completion of an maritime/engineering HNC or HND plus GCSE (**or  equivalent as approved by the College) grade 5 / Grade ‘B’ or above in all the following subjects:​ Mathematics​, Science​ and English language​

**if a subject is similar to maths, English, science please check with bp advisor who will check with the college

Why work for bp? 

We’re determined to build a safer, more sustainable energy future. To succeed, we need to invest. Not just in technology and research – but in our employees: the people who can make it happen. That means everyone at bp can expect ongoing development and opportunities to progress. 

Your growth’s important to us. After all, it’s our team’s dedication and expertise that help us achieve and develop. You’ll find a culture where learning’s encouraged, with all manner of training available. Becoming a trained officer is only the start. From here, you can become a senior crew member: a navigating officer or even a captain, depending on your role. 

Diversity sits at the heart of our company and as an equal opportunity employer, we stay true to our mission by ensuring that our place can be anyone's place. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital, veteran or disability status.

If you need to make any adjustments to any stage of the recruitment process, for example due to an illness, injury or a disability, please contact us on 0800 279 2088 or email enquiry@bpgraduates.co.uk. If you are calling from overseas, please dial +44 1635 584149.  

Travel Requirement

Up to 50% travel should be expected with this role

Relocation Assistance:

This role is not eligible for relocation

Remote Type:

This position is not available for remote working


Legal Disclaimer:

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, socioeconomic status, neurodiversity/neurocognitive functioning, veteran status or disability status. Individuals with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation related to bp’s recruiting process (e.g., accessing the job application, completing required assessments, participating in telephone screenings or interviews, etc.).  If you would like to request an accommodation related to the recruitment process, please contact us to request accommodations.

If you are selected for a position and depending upon your role, your employment may be contingent upon adherence to local policy.  This may include pre-placement drug screening, medical review of physical fitness for the role, and background checks.

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