IMEC Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Cadet Programme
21 Nov 2018
On Friday 9th November in Manila, IMEC celebrated the 10 Year Anniversary of its cadetship programme in the Philippines.
In 2008, IMEC created a local office in the Philippines and officially signed MOA’s with the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) and the University of Cebu. Over the last 10 years, the cadet programme which now runs exclusively at MAAP has produced 1,337 graduates, with a further 650 cadets under training. The majority of graduates are now sailing as officers on IMEC member vessels.
In his speech, IMEC’s Chairman Capt Rajesh Tandon gave a brief history of the programme, starting with the late Capt. Oca’s vision to create a maritime school of excellence and his creation of MAAP 20 years ago. Speaking of the sustainability of the programme, Capt. Tandon said:
“Through the IBF agreements, we’ve created a sustainable business model, to allow us to operate such a programme. Payments into the IMTT and more recently the International Maritime Training Fund, are based directly on the number of Filipino seafarers that are employed under the agreement. So in essence, the more Filipino seafarers there are, they greater we are able to support the next generation of seafarers from the country. This system which involves close cooperation between IMEC, its members, the academies and AMOSUP and the ITF is unique. It has meant that every cadet who embarks on the programme, is safe in the knowledge that their education will be funded and that they are near to guaranteed a training berth at sea.”
Dr. Conrad Oca, President of AMOSUP followed and gave a speech about the relationship between IMEC and the union, to better the standards of Filipino seafarers. IMEC graduates 2nd Engineer Mark Sileria and 3rd Engineer Gelle Diaz then gave passionate speeches about how the IMEC cadet programme greatly advanced their careers.
The guests were then entertained by the talented IMEC cadets and Engine Rating trainees, with dances, singing, beatboxing and painting.
For more information about the IMEC cadet programme, please visit: http://www.imec.org.uk/training/enhanced-cadet-training/