2022 marks the 30th anniversary of a seafarer officer cadet scholarship scheme that has raised over £3m in charitable funds to support over 100 young people through their cadet training.
The Maritime London Officer Cadet Scholarship (MLOCS) is run on an entirely voluntary basis by a Board of Trustees, which includes Spinnaker’s Chairman Phil Parry, and with Maritime London providing the secretariat.
The scholarship, initially known as the Lloyd’s of London Officer Cadet Scholarship and the brainchild of Jonathan Jones, was renamed in 2002, to reflect the contribution to funding of the scholarships made by the wider maritime services industry in the City.
MLOCS enables cadets to study at leading nautical training colleges and at sea, to qualify as deck, engine and electo-technical officers, with each scholarship being funded by a named corporate sponsor. The scheme is also supported by donors who identify with MLOCS objectives but do not sponsor a particular cadet.
Oliver Bailey, a current MLOCS cadet sponsored by Gard, said: “It is really a great way to start a maritime career. The cadetship gives you practical skills and experiences which I think many employers will find highly valuable, whether you want to work at sea or on shore”.
The MLOCS cadet cohort comprises of eight cadets presently, with three of them having started their training in January 2022, and with four cadets nearing the end of the cadetships.
Current sponsors include Campbell Johnston Clark (CJC), the International Underwriting Association (IUA), Thomas Miller, Clearwater, Gard, Wallem, Ince, North P&I and Steamship Mutual.
To mark its 30th anniversary, Maritime London Office Cadet Scholarship will hold a reception for current and potential sponsors, as well as former and current cadets, on September 29th at the Watermen’s Hall.
If you are interested to sponsor a cadet and/or find out more about MLOCS please contact Olga Jaques [email protected] or Phil Parry [email protected]
Alternatively, visit the MLOCS JUSTGIVING PAGE to make a donation: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/MLOCS-30th-Anniversary