The cream of the UK’s shipping industry attended Blackpool and The Fylde College’s Maritime Careers Open Day.

The Maritime Careers Open Day at Fleetwood Nautical Campus.

The Maritime Careers Open Day at Fleetwood Nautical Campus.

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Nautical Campus open day attracts top shipping firms

Representatives from 16 major national shipping companies, including Bibby, BP, Clyde Marine, Princess Cruises and Carnival UK, met prospective cadets to talk to them about careers at sea and training opportunities.

The event took place at the college’s internationally renowned Fleetwood Nautical Campus, which trains the next generation of officers and engineers.

Almost 400 young people attended the open day and, in addition to getting advice and guidance from companies, they were able to experience the hi-tech training facilities at the College which include ship bridge and engine room simulators.

Neil Atkinson, head of Fleetwood Nautical Campus, said: “It was refreshing to see so many young people interested in a career in the merchant navy, many of them from the local area.”

Aspiring cadets will now be invited to follow up interviews with shipping companies before successful candidates are placed on to relevant maritime courses.