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Scottish Maritime Academy student Jamie Clark from Buckie was presented with the Best Trainee Deckhand 2015 Award by Captain John Forman of Peterhead Port Authority earlier this month. The presentation took place at the Scottish Maritime Academy in Peterhead, the nautical centre of excellence of North East Scotland College. The Trainee Deckhands programme is a 12 week course designed for new entrants into the fishing industry and the Merchant Fleet.

Jamie, aged 19 from Buckie, was nominated for this award by course tutors. He was commended for his attitude and commitment across both the theoretical and practical elements of the programme. Jamie was selected as the best trainee out of all the deckhand classes that have run over the course of the year and received a trophy and a monetary prize.

Jamie said, “I was very surprised to hear that I had won. The lecturers have been brilliant and I would definitely recommend the course.”

He explained, “I found out about the course through friends of mine that had completed it a couple of years ago – they both got jobs in standby and supply and they really seem to enjoy it. When I left school I got a job as a carpet fitter – it was fine but I felt I couldn’t really progress. I liked the idea of working away from home, seeing new places and working as part of a team. So now I’ve finished the course I need to find myself a job, hopefully in standby and supply – where I can apply what I’ve learnt and gain some first- hand experience.”

Jamie’s fellow students in the current cohort received their certificates from Captain Forman who spoke to the group about their next steps. “Despite the challenging environment there are opportunities available for you,” he said. “Set your sights on what you want to achieve, persevere and once you have gained your sea time you can then start to choose the direction you wish to take.”

Linda Hope, Centre Manager concluded, “I would like to congratulate Jamie who is a very worthy recipient of this award and thank Peterhead Port Authority for their continued sponsorship. This has allowed us to provide all our deckhand trainees with personal protective equipment and survival suits in 2015.”

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