Coronavirus Outbreak – Updates

Due to the current outbreak of Coronavirus, and UK Government guidelines, we closed our building on 24th March 2020.

Some of our courses are cancelled until further notice. We will be re-assessing this timeline once the UK Government changes the current social distancing regulations.

UPDATE: We are now offering some courses from our training centre, in line with government guidelines. These courses may be moved online if UK guidelines change due to a second spike in virus numbers.

See our course dates page for schedules, and the individual course pages for prices.

Oral Preparation Courses & 1-2-1 Tuition

We are also offering Deck & Engineering oral prep and some 1-2-1 tutoring online.

For seafarers who are in the middle of their studies, and don’t know when their oral exam will be, or for seafarers who are planning to do their modules when lockdown is over, but struggling with a certain subject – we can help!

Our instructors are available to offer hourly, half or full day 1-2-1 sessions.

Oral Exam Update!

MCA Oral exams are now taking place online, with a return to ‘business as usual’ for exam bookings. Candidates holding NOEs should book an oral exam though the centralised system by emailing one of the following email addresses

onlineoralexams@mcga.gov.uk

deck@mcga.gov.uk

engineering@mcga.gov.uk

The MCA are issuing NOEs in receipt date order, i.e. ‘first come first served’.

The MCA state that they are committed to supporting the Yachting industry, and ask that candidates wait patiently while they deal with those at the front of the queue.

YouTube

We now have a YouTube channel where we are posting snippets of our oral prep courses, to keep you ticking over during lockdown – click here to see our channel.

MCA Policies

The MCA has put in place contingency plans to mitigate disruption to essential delivered services during the current worldwide coronavirus pandemic, which will impact the delivery of services leading to UK Certificates of Competency (CoC).

MIN 611 and MIN 612 detail the actions that the MCA are taking for all seafaferes and vessels, alongside other documents on the gov.uk website, but this is a short list of what they are doing regarding CoCs, correct at 15/04/2020 (see above for oral exam update 19/04/2020):

  • – issuing temporary CoCs for those needing to revalidate, or if a seafarer has completed all requirements to be issued with a new CoC, which will be valid for 6 months;
  • – providing exemptions for those officers who are on board a vessel and their safety training has expired. This will be based on a self declaration (as per the STCW 2010 Manilla amendments requirements);
  • – Oral Exam pass validity periods will be extended by a further 6 months;
  • – extending the validity date of an MCA Written Examination pass by up to 6 months;
  • – extending the expiry date of 2-year ENG1 Medical certificates, if you are unable to obtain a replacement;
  • – delaying the phase-out of the Yacht Engineer route, to 1st January 2022.

Risk Assessment for Re-Opening of JPMA/HSS Premises – Info for Students:

Due to the current UK Government guidance regarding social distancing and Covid-19, we have undertaken a risk assessment, prior to reopening our building to students.

There are several new measures that we have had to put in place, to keep you and our employees safe.

Before travelling to the UK, and on each morning of the course, please assess your own health, and do not come in if you feel unwell or are exhibiting any Covid symptoms. If you have been in contact, in the last 14 days, with someone who has had a positive Covid test, please do not travel. Current UK Government guidance states ‘if you have symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital’.

The first change is that we have to stagger the arrival time of each course, to allow you, your classmates and our staff to arrive on the premises safely each morning. The arrival time you have been allocated must be adhered to for the entire course  – you will be given this 1 week prior to your course start date.

When arriving at the building on your first morning, you will need to be signed onto your course by our Reception team – please wait outside the building and you will be called into Reception to check in. You will see a sign telling you where to wait, whilst observing the 2 metre rule.

A large hand sanitiser has been placed on the Reception desk for you to use on entering the building. There are sanitisers in each classroom, and there are also handwashing facilities available in all bathrooms.

A one way system is in operation throughout the building – this will be explained to you on arrival, but signs and floor stickers have been put in place to ensure everyone keeps to the system.

The building is cleaned every morning Monday-Friday, but extra measures have been put in place by our contracted cleaning company, as per Government guidance, to include touch points and high use areas. At lunchtimes, a member of Admin staff will clean banisters and door handles.

We will be running a reduced number of courses in our largest classrooms. All oral prep courses will remain online until the MCA return to conducting their exams in the Marine Offices.

Classrooms have been cleared of all non-essential items. Chairs have been removed from the classrooms, leaving only 1 chair at each desk, allowing students to sit 2 metres apart.

The instructor desk in each classroom is now positioned so that the instructor is 2 metres away from students sitting on the front row.

There is hand sanitiser & a box of tissues in each classroom.

There is also a detergent spray & roll of blue paper in each classroom, so that students can clean their desk at each smoko and lunch break.

Air purifiers have been installed in classrooms and offices to ensure good ventilation throughout the building.

Each classroom has been allocated its own bathroom to use, to ensure class ‘bubbles’ are kept together.

You must stay in your class bubble for the duration of the course, meaning that you do not mix with students from other courses.

Your course fee includes lunch and refreshments. We have arranged a ‘meal deal’ with our usual supplier, Fahys Bakery, as we cannot offer a food service at this time. You will be able to collect food from Fahys during the day (you will have an allocation of a certain number of hot/cold drinks/sandwiches etc per day). You will need to wear a face covering when entering shops and food outlets. A face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face.

To reduce waste, each student will be given a JPMA travel mug for your hot drinks to be refilled by Fahys.

Students must eat their lunch in their classroom or in our back garden.

You will need to bring your own water bottle each day, as our water fountain has been removed.

And finally – please remember that others may have different feelings about the current situation than you – they may be nervous, or they may be very confident. Please bear in mind that everyone has been affected by this in different ways, and be kind to each other, and yourself. We are all operating in new ways, and there is pressure on us to get this right from the outset. Not everything will run smoothly at first, but we will make changes if we feel that particular measures are not working.

We hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and well in this unusual time.