Are you a school or college leaver, or potentially looking for a change of career?  If so; then please read on as we may just have the Apprentice role for you…

At Tarmac, ‘who you are’ matters.  We want to get to know you.  If you share our values and are proud of a job well done, collaborative in working well with others and ambitious to make things better, then have a read of what we have on offer. 

We are currently recruiting for a Seafarer Deck Rating Apprentice to work with the Tarmac Marine fleet of marine aggregate dredgers.  Our marine team are specialists in marine and wharf operations, ship engineering and mineral resources.

Tarmac Marine operates in the English North Sea, English Channel, Bristol Channel and Irish Sea. Our fleet of four ships are purpose built for aggregate dredging and as part of a network of wharves and processing plants Tarmac Marine supplies high quality natural sand and gravel aggregates into major UK construction projects. 

Here at Tarmac, we are working hard to create a dynamic and inclusive environment and it’s important that our people come from a variety of different backgrounds.

Tarmac are looking to further invest into Seafarer Deck Rating Apprentices. Through a combination of core college courses where the candidate will gain the Efficient Deckhand Qualification followed by sea time leading to the Able-Bodied Seafarer certificate of proficiency issued by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

  • An Able Seafarer works on ships as a watchkeeper and helping to maintain the fabric of the vessel
  • During the seafarer deck rating apprenticeship, you’ll spend significant periods of time at sea, maintaining the safety and security of the vessel, cargo and personnel on board, and undertaking a range of practical seafarer skills including ropework, anchoring, mooring and other operations vital to the vessel 
  • You’ll work shifts over, so early mornings and late nights are possible, and you’ll likely work with other seafarers of different nationalities
  • Integral to your role will be adhering to safety and environmentally responsible working practices and international regulations. You’ll also have a range of security duties to carry out during the course of your work

College/Learning Provider Details – Further details of the qualification can be found here:




*Please note you must be able to travel to Gravesend, Kent, to attend college for block periods of learning, whilst completing this apprenticeship. Accommodation and travel costs will be provided whilst studying at North Kent College.

**Due to employment laws at sea you should ideally be over eighteen years old on the date of joining.

Intakes for this apprenticeship programme will be April and August 2024. To be considered for our April 2024 intake, we recommend applications are submitted ASAP as interviews will be taking place during January and February. 

What you will get from us in the role of Seafarer Deck Rating Apprentice

  • Your line manager and mentor will give you help and guidance throughout your apprenticeship programme
  • Your Operational colleagues, who most of your daily interactions will be with will provide support and knowledge
  • Health and Safety Team, always on hand to make sure we are working safely, although safety is everyone’s responsibility!
  • Human Resources​, here to support the development of your career with Tarmac


  • Able Seafarer – Deck Rating Level 2 SQA Certificate

Destination Role – Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship, you’ll move into an Able Seafarer Deck position. 

Our people come from a variety of different backgrounds and prior experience isn’t always necessary for success.

Educational Qualifications required for the role of Seafarer Deck Rating Apprentice:

​ GCSEs A-C or numbered equivalent (9-4) in both English and Maths​ or Functional Skills level 2


  • Happy to work in shifts 3 weeks on / 1 week off during sea phase
  • Ability to work at height and confined spaces
  • Physically fit
  • Ability to understand and follow orders
  • Passion for safety
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Confidence
  • Teamwork
  • Drive and ambition to succeed
  • Happy to work outside in all weathers

Eligibility – Age – Due to employment laws at sea you should ideally be over eighteen years old.

Driving Licence – desirable not essential 

Salary: Competitive + Benefits Package
Location: Chichester, West Sussex, England
Job Reference: tarmac/TP/111/5169

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