New cadet officers celebrate ‘passing out’
Deck officer cadets from the September 2012 HND and January 2013 Foundation Degree cohorts celebrated their achievement with their family and friends at the Autumn Passing Out Ceremonial Dinner on Saturday 28 November in Southampton.
This special ceremony marks the completion of a three-year merchant navy training and education programme for navigation at Southampton Solent University’s Warsash Maritime Academy.
The ceremony was also attended by the cadet’s sponsors and representatives from the maritime industry’s top employers including: Anglo Eastern (UK) Ltd, Carisbrooke Shipping Plc, Carnival UK, Chiltern Maritime Ltd, Clyde Marine Training Ltd, Maersk Crewing Ltd, NYK LNG Ship management (UK) Ltd, Princess Cruises, Ship Safe Training Group Ltd, Trinity House, Viking Recruitment and Whilhelmson Line Car Carriers Ltd.
John Bazley, Head of Academic and Certification Programmes for the Academy said: “We are very proud of what our cadets have achieved during the last three years. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to get here today.”
The newly qualified officers will be embarking on their chosen careers in worldwide shipping, working with some of the most prestigious employers in the shipping industry.
“The importance of their training, skills and expertise, like those of their fellow professional mariners, will sustain the world’s shipping trades and support the global economy,” John added, “We wish them every success as they embark upon their professional careers.”
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With a population of around 12,800 staff and students, Southampton Solent University offers over 200 qualifications ranging from HND to PhD, in subjects as diverse as maritime education and training, fashion and design, media and television, music, health, sport and leisure, business, IT and technology. Every year we are joined by around 10,000 additional students on short professional courses.
Winner of the Times Higher Education ‘Most Improved Student Experience’ Award 2015, the University was also awarded the 2013 Quality Assurance Agency kitemark for quality and standards of teaching and learning, and voted one of the UK’s most creative universities in Which? University‘s 2013 and 2014 student polls. Solent’s business school has been awarded ‘Gold approval’ by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and also holds the Small Business Charter Award, which is supported by the Association of Business Schools and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.