Earning the stripes
Camilla Westergaard wants to be a Captain like her father. She is one of more than three-thousand cadets learning the theory and practical skills for work on Maersk vessels.
Most Maersk businesses invest heavily in training future employees. For example, Maersk’s Global Cadet Administration (GCA) is grooming the next generation of seafarers for the shipping businesses.
Currently, there are 3,100 cadets in the Global Cadet Administration’s talent pool, which is responsible for training cadets for work in Maersk businesses. The Global Cadet Administration’s vision is to provide a pipeline of competent and confident junior officers to meet the strategic requirements of the businesses in A.P. Moller - Maersk.
“The cadet program plays an important role in ensuring that we maintain a strong pipeline of officers to support our fleet growth and attrition,” says Saurabh Mahesh, Head of Sourcing & Global Cadet Program at Maersk Line. “It also ensures that we have competent officers who have been trained by our staff, on our vessels and with our values and training standards.”
Of the 3,100 cadets, roughly 82 percent are Maersk Line cadets. This year the Global Cadet Administration aims to recruit approximately 600 Maersk Line cadets, roughly 100 more than in previous years. The increase reflects an increasing emphasis within Maersk Line on filling officer and engineering positions in its fleet of owned ships with homegrown talent.
While the education and training of cadets varies slightly around the world, in general it requires a maritime university education and approximately 1-year on board a vessel with hands-on training followed by exams, to acquire an officer or engineer’s certificate.