Admiralty Pilot Trainee

12 Dec 2016

As an Admiralty Pilot (Trainee) you will be required to follow and successfully complete the Admiralty Pilot Training Scheme.

Job description

General information

1. Admiralty Pilots are part of the Queens Harbour Master (QHM) organization and are employed to enable QHM to discharge his statutory duties to ensure the safe movement of vessels within the Dockyard Port of Clyde.

2. Admiralty Pilots are accountable to the Queens Harbour Master (QHM) through the Chief Admiralty Pilot/Port Operations Manager (CAP/POM) for the conduct of their duties.

3. The Primary roll of an Admiralty Pilot is to provide pilotage support to commanding officers of designated ships within the Dockyard Port of Clyde in accordance with approved procedures, statutory instruments and National Occupational Standards for Marine Pilots. This service may range from providing advice to Commanding officers and bridge teams of Her Majesty’s Ships to taking full conduct of Royal Fleet Auxiliary and commercial vessels.

4. To assume full responsibility for the safe navigation of any of Her Majesty’s Ships being moved without power utilising tugs and assets.

5. Advise Commanding Officers and Masters of vessels requiring pilotage information relevant to the Dockyard Port of Clyde and other MOD establishments on the West coast.

Additional information

1. As an Admiralty Pilot (Trainee) you will be required to follow and successfully complete the Admiralty Pilot Training Scheme. This will require you to observe and conduct a number of acts of pilotage with a qualified Admiralty Pilot. You will also undertake tug handling training. During the training period you will be required to record training and experiences. You will also be expected to successfully complete 2 examinations before gaining your Limited Ships Pilot Licence and a further practical examination before achieving your All Ships Pilot Licence.

2. On successful completion of the training scheme you will be expected to work within a roster system to provide pilotage support 24/7 365 days a year to a maximum of 2400 hours per annum.

3. In order to maintain a high standard of competence in all aspects of their duties Admiralty Pilots are required to undertake continuous professional development and MOD mandatory training.

4. Carry out additional tasks under the instruction of CAP/POM such as port familiarization runs for Commanding officers and bridge teams, attend meetings and other general pilotage related tasks.

5. You will also be required to qualify as a compass adjuster and undertake compass adjustments for MOD vessels.

6. You may be required to undertake short term detached duties.

7. The successful applicant will be required to wear uniform in accordance with the Admiralty Pilot and Harbour Control Service handbook.
Person specification
Command or senior deck officer experience
Ship handling experience
Pilotage experience (desirable)
Tug handling experience (desirable)
Full UK driving licence
STCW 11/2 Masters Certificate of competency or equivalent
Seafarers medical certificate ENG1

You will be asked to supply evidence of meeting these competencies when you apply.
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Civil Service Competency Framework

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
Pensions Statement

You will be entitled to choose between a defined benefit pension scheme or a stakeholder pension with an employer contribution
Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.
This post does not offer any assistance with relocation allowances
Things you need to know

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
Nationality statement
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Nationality requirements
Open to UK nationals only.
Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.
Grade entry qualifications
STCW 95 11/2 Master Certificate of Competency or Royal Naval equivalent, along with the relevant ship handling experience.

Desirable: Admiralty Pilotage Certificate Part 1/11. Tug Command experience & VTS IALA V103/ 1&2
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants:
Stephen McGinlay
Chief Admiralty Pilot
Clyde Naval Base
G84 8HL

Tel: 01436 674321 x6678

Sift/interview dates and location
To be confirmed

Further information
Some of MoD’s Terms and Conditions of Service (TACOS) changed from 3 February 2014. Those TACOS changes applied to Broader Banded and Skill Zone staff who were new recruits to MoD or who were appointed to a post on substantive promotion, progression or advancement. On the same basis, the TACOS for Departmental Retained Grades changed with effect from 01 September 2014. The document attached to this advertisement provides more information.

This vacancy is being dealt with by Team 1.

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Admiralty Pilot Trainee
Faslane Port, Scotland, G84 8HL