Earlier this month Lews Castle College UHI welcomed visitors from two of the country’s major recruitment agencies for the Merchant Navy, Trinity House and Viking Recruitment, to their Stornoway campus.

Captain Nigel Hope, Director of Maritime Recruitment at Trinity House, and Don Millar, Operations Director at Viking Recruitment, met with Callum Iain Macmillan and Lecturer in Maritime Studies, Alistair Macleod, on Wednesday 17th October to discuss how they can work together and improve links with the Hebridean Marine Society, which was set up to improve local job opportunities in the Merchant Navy. 

Both companies showed interest in working with the college and the Marine Society, as well as working to create opportunities for both students completing the Merchant Navy Officer Cadet programme and Engineering courses. 

Discussions are now due to take place with Ruth Scott, President of the Hebridean Marine Society and Senior Training Officer at Clyde Marine, as well as representatives of the Merchant Navy Training Board and Royal Navy, with the hopes of hosting a Hebridean Marine Society conference in 2019.