Chief STCW Instructor

Job Title: Chief STCW Instructor

Reporting to: Principal

Commencement Date: Early 2021


To co-lead the initial approval process of STCW & MCA short courses and then manage the effective delivery of the company’s STCW training. The post holder will manage a small team of full time and freelance Instructors, oversee the maintenance of teaching resources (for safety and engineering courses), handle technical customer enquiries and assist the Quality Assurance Manger with the ongoing accreditation of these courses. The CI will teach some courses.

Chieftain Training:

Chieftain Training is a small training centre, recognised by the Royal Yachting Association to deliver a range of RYA Shorebased Training Courses to both the public and the commercial sector. STCW training is currently outsourced to a third party who does a perfectly good job. It is however our intention to bring the STCW product lines in house. The centre will be seeking accreditation for a range of safety and engineering courses.

The organisation is about to enter a stage of rapid growth and this will be an exciting time to join the team, to help develop new courses and then ensure those courses are delivered correctly. The target markets are yacht crew and seafarers. The Company operates mainly in Southampton (across two venues) with some other UK interests.

 Key Responsibilities:

  • Brief and train new and existing Instructors to meet the operational needs of the company
  • Manage the centre’s Safety policies and update operational procedures in response to feedback, accident reporting and changing legislation
  • Ensure relevant checks, processes and paperwork are maintained to meet external and internal accreditation standards
  • Develop programmes that clearly outline the course requirements, rationale, goals, and objectives
  • Run morning and weekly meetings as required for other Instructors
  • Oversee the operational side of the Southampton Centre
  • Manage site and fleet maintenance
  • Deputise in the Principal’s absence
  • Deliver various training courses and staff training
  • Assist with marketing, sales and boat shows as required
  • Demonstrate a thorough and accurate knowledge of your subjects
  • Responsible for covering Instructors during sickness, leave, etc.
  • Review course plans, handouts and training materials
  • Create a learning environment that encourages student involvement and participation

Further Responsibilities:

As a small business, all of the staff have to fulfil multiple roles. The post-holder will assume responsibility for other areas (to be agreed based on skills and previous experience).

 Person Specification:



Desirable but Not Essential

Source of Evidence


  • Extensive knowledge of STCW training and MNTB short course standards


  • Understanding of the MCA code of practice for small commercial vessels
  • Understanding of Health & Safety management




  • Developed written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Practiced de briefing skills

  • Good maintenance skills





  • 3 years (minimum), Merchant Navy or Large Yacht  (over 24m) sea-service
  • Considerable experience of delivering STCW courses
  • Use of common office software
  • Experience of working in a small business
  • Producing Risk Assessments


Certificate of Competence

  • One of;
    • OOW Unlimited
    • Chief Mate 3000
    • Master 500
  • Master 3000 or Master Unlimited



  • A recognised UK teaching qualification (IMO Train the Trainer, L3 Award in Education & Training, PTTLS etc.)
  • Full clean driving license
  • Towing endorsement to driving license
  • Educated to degree level
  • RYA Instructor qualifications
  • An internal verification qualification (i.e. D34, V1 or L4 IQA Award or similar)




  •  Professional attitude & approach
  • Ability to work on own initiative with the minimum of supervision and prioritize tasks
  • Team player
  • Willingness to learn
  • Flexible



  • A 5-day working week including approximately one weekend a month (time given of in lieu)
  • 28 days annual leave inclusive of public holidays. Compulsory leave period at Christmas
  • A number of training courses will be provided
  • Pension scheme
  • Free parking is available on site
  • Some remote working is an option during the pandemic
  • Travel Insurance is provided if you represent Chieftain Training abroad
  • Employee benefits,
  • £29,000 to £34,000 annual salary (dependent upon knowledge and experience)

Application- Chief Instructor

Download the online application form at

If you have any specific questions about the position email us at

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is 29 January 2021. Interviews in Southampton will follow shortly. Tiers/Lockdown may force initial interviews to be by Zoom. Strong applicants may receive an interview before the closing date.

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