Seafarers perform one of the most important jobs in the worldwide transportation of goods. Across the world there are some 470,000 ships officers sailing on almost 60,000 ships transporting goods from chemicals and oil to steel, coal and luxury cars.

However, there’s a growing concern that as the number of ships continues to grow, there will not be enough good quality seafarers to man them. In response to this, in 2006 IMEC commenced an Enhanced Cadetship Programme in the Philippines for promising young individuals.

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Training Cadets

Selection process

All applicants interested in becoming an IMEC cadet, should register as a candidate here.

Once registered, you will be able to undertake an initial online assessment designed to gauge your academic level and your ability to achieve the standards required of a merchant marine officer.

Successful applicants will then be invited to a 2 stage interview process. The first interview will be with a representative of your chosen college who will be interested in your academic achievements to date. The second interview will be with an IMEC representative where your motivation to be either a deck or engine cadet will be discussed. Applicants who get through this stage will need to pass a medical examination before acceptance onto the scheme.

Competition for places on the scheme can be high so it is really worth preparing well for the assessment and interviews


IMEC funds cadets through the first two years of their training through the International Maritime Training Fund (AMOSUP). IMEC has also funded the upgrading of classrooms and learning materials, as well as continued professional development for lecturers and teaching staff to ensure all cadets receive the best possible training. The third academic year is sponsored by one of IMEC’s members, who will then provide the cadet with shipboard training and sea-time. Whilst training at sea, the company may deduct stipends from the cadet’s wages to recover their investment made in the third academic year.


One of the most difficult aspects of a cadetship is obtaining a training berth at sea, with a shipping company. The IMEC cadet programme is unique in that every cadet is allocated to a member from day one of training, who in turn will provide the all important training berth. After graduation, the cadet will be contracted to the company for a term of employment.