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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, deliver 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 10 years, the CMA has supported more than 30,000 young people aged 10 to 25 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.

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
  • Marine Information Events
  • Marine-themed Team Building activities
  • Employability Skills
  • Employer Engagement
  • Industrial Site Visits
  • Training
  • Work Experience Placements
  • Progression Support
  • In Work Support


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