Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I sign the contract with the Sponsor and Chiltern or just Chiltern?

No you sign a Training Agreement with your sponsor  – Chiltern are the administrator.

What is the relationship between Chiltern and Cadet (are we in regular contact during the three years)

Yes – we are your Cadet manager. We visit you at college and have all communications with you whilst at college and at sea.

Can the company sell you / trade you with other shipping companies under the terms of the contract?


If I struggle at college and find a component difficult is there a chance you can be dropped or pushed back?

Not normally as full support is given at college for you to pass and keep on track with your studies.

Do you only get paid your bursary while at sea – do you get paid on a monthly basis ?

At college sponsors pay you a bursary as you have to pay college accommodation out of this, as well as at sea where you do not pay for food and accommodation.

Say in three years there is a downturn in the economy and ships are moored up lying idle. What happens to me?

That is the risk in any position, however as you will have a varied training then there will be opportunities in other sectors of the industry. Similarly, now the offshore sector is fairly slow but Cruise, Yacht, container and tanker are still doing really well, with signs that the offshore is picking up again.

Is there a minimum term to serve in the company?

There is no minimum term. All the sponsor ask is that you complete your training.

Broadly speaking, what are the typical shift patterns?

Ships operate 24/7, 365 as you can imagine. Normally when you first join you will be on day work – this is 7.00am – 5pm (ish) with breaks for lunch. Then as time goes on, you move onto watch keeping, again this is normally split into three shift patterns 8am-12 noon, 12 noon-4pm and 4pm-8pm. This means you will do two – 4 hour shifts a day i.e. 8-12 in the morning and 8-12 in the evening.

During training, Cadets usually get some time off to study and on occasions when the ship is in port you may be allowed to go ashore.

When at college do you arrange your own lodging and pay for this separately?

During Phase 1 you normally stay on campus. This will be arranged for you and you pay for this out of your bursary. When you return to college after phase 1 for phase 3, most cadets share a house.

Unlimited OOW will be the outcome as far as I can gather.

Yes plus your academic qualification i.e. Foundation Degree or HND.

Will I be with other Chiltern Cadets or are we spread at different colleges?

Yes we hope that there will be a number of cadets at the same college – it all depends on who accepts and what course they are doing.