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Cornwall Marine Academy

Cornwall Marine Academy

The Cornwall Marine Academy was created in 2008 to raise awareness of the wide range of career opportunities in the Marine sector, delivering vocational training and work experience to Young People aged 10 to 24 and support their employability and progression onto further education, an Apprenticeship or a job.

Over the past 13 years, the CMA has supported more than 35,000 young people aged 10 to 24 through career advice, taster sessions, vocational training and Pre-Apprenticeships, involving Cornwall Marine Network’s members as volunteer ambassadors to provide meaningful hands-on experiences and industry-led programmes.

Cornwall Marine Network (CMN) created Cornwall Marine Academy (CMA) to find situations to problems reported by local Marine employers when trying to employ Young People for their future workforce.

Employers identified insufficient employability skills, young people lacking awareness of career opportunities in the Marine sector, a lack of any meaningful work-experience and a poor work ethic.

In response, Cornwall Marine Academy challenged and supported Marine employers to engage in providing solutions to the issue of preparing young people for their future Marine careers.

Since 2008, the CMA has delivered careers advice to more than 35,000 Young People across Cornwall. CMA has gained an excellent track-record of delivering industry-led programmes; including careers advice, taster sessions, employability skills, work placements at Marine businesses’ premises, industry recognised vocational qualifications, 1:1 mentoring and group-work and training embedded into the school curriculum.

Cornwall Marine Academy offers Young People (aged 10-24) in Cornwall the opportunity to start on a new career in the Marine sector.

Cornwall Marine Academy deploys a team of over 105 voluntary Marine ambassadors all from local businesses into secondary schools across Cornwall, offering careers advice and explaining what employers need from Young People.

Successes since 2008 include:

  • Over 3,500 young people (14 -16) have so far received real-life work-experience
  • Provided Marine Careers advice to over 35,000 Young People
  • Young Apprenticeship Programmes supported for 14 – 24 year olds
  • Over x105 volunteer Marine Ambassadors supporting Young People visiting all x32 secondary schools and providing vocational work-experiences at their premises
  • Maritime UK inaugural Future Skills Award Winners – September 2019

Our CMA team will be in touch to develop a Vocational Profile to ensure you receive the most suited tailored support.

We do this by delivering through a combination of:

Information, Advice and Guidance

CMA’s aim is to work with you to identify suitable career opportunities and provide you with all of the Information, Advice and Guidance for you to make an informed decision on the way forward.

Marine Information Events

If you are unsure of the opportunities available and have not decided on what you want to do, we will work with you to identify suitable Marine related career pathways.

Marine-themed Team Building activities

CMA will provide you with the opportunity to participate in team-building activities to help build your confidence and self-esteem and have fun whilst learning about the Cornish Marine sector and creating new friendships.

Employability Skills

CMA will provide you with the skills needed when looking for employment, including assessing your own skills for employment or an Apprenticeship, CV writing, writing job applications, preparing for and attending interviews.

Employer Engagement

For those of you interested in exploring the Marine sector further, we will provide you with opportunities to engage with Marine businesses through 1:1 employer / Young Person discussion about employment/Apprenticeship opportunities.

Industrial Site Visits

We can provide you with a range of Marine-related Industry site visits through our voluntary Ambassador network across Cornwall which is a great first step into meeting employers and seeing if the environments are for you, before discussions about work-experience placements, Apprenticeships or employment opportunities.


We have developed various training courses to help you become more employable, including:


  • Apprenticeships
  • A range of half to one-day courses
  • Self-study online courses

Please click here for a range of sessions: CMA Employability Delivery

Work Experience Placements 

Using our voluntary Ambassador network, we are able to arrange work placements of varying lengths available for you to gain real-life Industry experience which may lead onto a employment / Apprenticeship opportunity.

Progression Support

In Cornwall, there is over 900 Marine businesses and 15,000 people employed within the ever-growing Marine sector. The CMA can point you in the right direction towards Marine related career progressions in further learning, employment or an Apprenticeship with Cornwall Marine Network and the Cornwall Apprenticeship Agency.

In Work Support

Once you have progressed into employment, we can support you with training to enhance your career aspirations (funding may be available subject to availability / eligibility).

Marine Sector Careers Chart

If you would like to know about a particular Marine job role / Industry, please click on the links below;

Leisure Jobs

Conservation Jobs

Office Based Jobs

Technical & Industrial

Please contact us today to see how we can support you or forward any referrals or enquiries to our friendly staff.

Please contact us today to see how we can support you or forward any referrals or enquiries to our friendly staff:

T: 01326-211382


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