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Shipping cadets

Find out all about our cadet training programmes – which could see you become a trained officer and serve with the bp fleet

Cosy one-bed in mid-Atlantic


Work doesn’t have to be nine-to-five. In fact, what could be better than waking up to a sea view, working your way around the world as a sponsored sea cadet and earning as you learn on the bp fleet.




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.


Minimum requirements to board:

  • At least 18 years old by 1st September 2022
  • Be a British citizen·               
  • Have a British passport·       
  • Applicants will need to pass an industry-standard medical examination in order to complete a placement at sea         
  • For role-specific entry requirements, please refer to deck cadet, engineer cadet or electro technical cadet pages linked below 


Soft skills we are looking for:


  • Adaptable
  • Respectful
  • Adventurous
  • Self-disciplined
  • Resilient
  • Can-do attitude
  • Aptitude for learning
  • Driven
  • Self-sufficient


Why here?


You’ll be at the very heart of a technology-driven, multi-billion pound organization. Yet the team around you will be like family. It’s a unique way to begin your career and earn a free degree / diploma (depending on entry qualification). You’ll be spending approximately three-to-four months at sea at any one time, followed by time in the college. And in the meantime, there are people to support you on the vessels and even games consoles, a gym, a swimming pool, library, and wifi so that you can chill out. You can also rest assured about your wellbeing, as our vessels are all about taking the safest route, not the quickest one.


Ideal accommodation for you?


It could be, if you’re sensible and resilient enough to spend an average of three-to-four months at sea. You’ll also need to be able to take orders, be adaptable and disciplined with a real can-do attitude, even if you’re chipping and painting. The cadets who do well on board are driven and very self-sufficient. On top of that, it’s essential that you have at least 64 UCAS points or equivalent or a minimum of five GCSEs at level five or above in English, maths, science (with physical science content). Yes, it’s demanding. But really rewarding.


The application process


When you click to apply you will fill in the short application form and submit your CV. After screening, we will ask you to complete some verbal and numerical tests. You will then go on to complete an on demand HireVue video interview.


The final stage is the assessment centre (which will be virtual). If you get through to the assessment centre stage, there will be a competency-based interview, a facilitated test and a group exercise. The group exercise has a strong focus on safety, so make sure you’re prepared for that aspect.

Applications for these programmes have now closed.

Not ready to apply yet but want to know more?  Join our Early Years Talent Community to get all the news and updates about a career at sea.