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One Year later- An NMCI Services timeline of events to ensure essential training continued.

Posted: March 25, 2021

“To reach a port, we must set sail.

Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift.”

– Franklin D Roosevelt

 

“Virus now of international concern”- WHO” – The Irish Times

UK warns against mass panic as race to halt outbreak intensifies” – The Guardian

Crews marooned at sea” – The New York Times.

These were the viral headlines grabbing our attention around the globe in early 2020.

NMCI Services had wasted no time preparing. Throughout February 2020 we implemented the first of our enhanced infection control procedures with a particular focus on COVID-19.

We had real time data from our extensive network of international clients on the seriousness of COVID-19. Additionally we had staff operating overseas that were providing updates.

On March 11th 2020 the World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic.

On March 12th 2020 we safely brought home our staff from overseas.

That same day the Government announced the closure of all schools, colleges and childcare facilities until March 29th 2020.

We had until 6pm.

Staff, varying in all levels of digital knowledge, were within four hours oracles on OneDrive, Teams, Zoom and Skype (an achievement in itself).

The 29th of March came and went.

The team carried on with our reopening preps, updating and strengthening our procedures and risk assessments as Government Guidance and advice evolved.

We were ready, the “new normal” was now routine.

Ready, waiting and keenly aware that throughout the pandemic our trainees had to keep the ships at sea, energy flowing whether oil and gas or renewables and our emergency services were on duty throughout. We positioned ourselves so their essential training requirements could be met safely and without further delay.

Summer 2020 saw case numbers decrease, lockdown restrictions eased somewhat and life beginning to cautiously resume once again.

On August 31st the NMCI’s commercial division reopened, under strict safety protocols and with reduced class sizes we resumed essential training.

The new normal

one way pedestrian system at the NMCI

NMCI Services had set sail and was safely navigating through the new normal.

Jim Morrissey, a NMCI Services trainer, explains how the team worked together to ensure the safety of all students, delegates and staff within NMCI Services.

“At the start of COVID-19 we really had to learn quickly as the situation and restrictions/safeguards were changing daily. We were required to put procedures in place which were robust enough to protect students, delegates and staff. It was difficult at the start as nobody had experienced anything like this before, but we coped well and adapted our safe operating procedures to comply with public health guidelines.”

NMCI Instructors

Malcolm Meade, SEFtec NMCI Offshore Instructor, explains how workforce safety was a priority for the team:

 “When the college shut down in March of last year not only did it effect my colleagues and I, it also effected the essential workers we provide courses for. It also meant that some workers for the  energy sector were unable to refresh the safety training required for employment both nationally and internationally.

It was clear from the start we had to find a way to provide these courses to accommodate the workforce.

There was a phenomenal behind the scenes effort made by all of our staff during the first lock down and after, to ensure before, during and after every course the safety of the instructors and delegates were of paramount importance.

I believe these are trying times for all and we all have a part to play in overcoming this pandemic. A safe working space allows us and our clients to remain safe while providing a necessary service to the renewable energy sector.”

NMCI Instructors in a boat

New protocols involved temperature checks and completing COVID-19 health declarations forms on arrival, placing hand sanitising stations in all areas, introducing a one way pedestrian system in our corridors, limiting class sizes and contact time, and completing contract tracing forms for not only staff and delegates but on equipment used by all, to name a few.

The following message was received after a recent March 2021 FOET course:

“I want to thank you and the team for your excellent support in getting me though the FOET course yesterday. I thought it was a really professional teamwork effort from all of you at NMCI. I was really impressed. Well done on your covid-19 process too. Thank you especially for your admin support in the planning and execution stages. It was also nice to get out and meet people again.”

NMCI Reception with COVID 19 signage

What hasn’t changed?

While there is enormous focus placed on adhering to COVID-19 safety procedures, it is important to note that the attention given to each individual delegate has not changed. Timothy O’Riordan recently completed his FOET and sent the following message afterwards;

“I am writing this email to say a huge thank you and to express my gratitude to all involved.

As I am totally not comfortable under water, I was dreading the day that I would have to renew my certificate. Four years ago I also struggled with the underwater part but Cillian and the other divers coaxed me through it step by step. I think this time around was even worse for me as I was constantly thinking about what was to come but again I was coaxed through it and thankfully I completed it and survived !

I don’t think there is another training centre that would have as much patience and give as much support to a candidate such as myself and I really appreciate the time that was given to me.”

FOET course

Attending a course with NMCI Services soon?

If you are attending a course with NMCI Services and have some questions, do contact our team in advance. We will be happy to discuss your training with you.

Our “COVID-19 NMCI Video” will give you an insight into what a typical day of training at the NMCI looks like at present.

Take the time to watch this video in advance of your arrival to ensure you know what to expect.

Train with confidence with NMCI Services.

 

 

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Maritime Short Courses to resume from August 31st.

Posted: July 10, 2020

Maritime Short Courses – Training resumes from August 31st!

Following the COVID-19 closure of schools and colleges in Ireland, the NMCI’s Commercial Division will resume all maritime short courses from August 31st.

NMCI Short Courses Avaiable to Book from August 31st

Updated Proficiency in Fire Prevention & Firefighting (Long) is the first course to resume our training schedule.

To ensure all COVID-19 safety protocols are adhered to we have reduced class sizes. Delegates will be issued with updated Joining Instructions in advance of their course date. As class capacity has been reduced we advise all customers to book early in order to avoid disappointment.

Visit this page of our website to see all maritime short course dates. Keep an eye on @NMCIServices on Facebook and Twitter for any updates and additional course dates we may advertise.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all from August 31st again.

In the meantime stay safe and well!

Fire Fighting at the NMCI

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Job Opportunity: Maritime/Offshore Fire and Survival Instructor

Posted: March 19, 2019

 

Job Description                                                                                    

Position: Maritime/Offshore Fire and Survival Instructor

Location: NMCI, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork                                                    

Role: Course Instructor (Practical & Classroom)

Reporting to: Operations Manager- SEFtec NMCI Offshore

Description of the Position

Reporting to the Operations Manager with responsibility for instructing on courses for the Offshore and Maritime sector.

Principal Tasks.

  • Delivering STCW and offshore training to the Offshore and Maritime sectors.
  • To be suitably qualified in the disciplines required to teach or assess, as per the standards laid down by various accrediting bodies.
  • To undertake instructional duties on assigned classes as deemed appropriate by management in both lecture and practical sessions, both at the NMCI and other locations as the management may from time to time reasonably require (e.g. offshore, at clients premises).
  • To ensure existing courses are reviewed & updated as necessary, and assist in the development of new courses to meet client’s needs.
  • To ensure that safety standards for both staff and delegates are adhered to at all times.
  • Maintaining appropriate records and making available information as required by management.
  • Participating in the development, implementation and maintenance of quality assurance.
  • To liaise with support staff responsible for the delivery of training courses or exercises.
  • Work as part of a team to ensure consistent standards of training are maintained
  • To comply with the procedures, staff notices and any other communications as issued by management.
  • To attend staff development training courses, in-house and external, as determined by line management.

 

Requirements

Essential:

  • Minimum of 3 – 5 years instructional / operational experience in the offshore, maritime, Fire Service, or related sector.
  • The candidate shall have appropriate training in Instructional techniques and training methods. In addition have considerable experience in fire safety and firefighting techniques, have good knowledge of ships, including stability considerations.
  • Excellent planning, organisational and communication skills.
  • Experience / knowledge / qualifications in training & education.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic multidiscipline environment.
  • Water confident.
  • Proven track record of ability to contribute to a team effort.
  • Dive Qualification.

 

Desirable:

  • STCW short course delivery experience.
  • Relevant qualifications and experience in first aid.
  • Manual Handling Instructor Qualification.
  • Working at Heights Qualification.
  • Powerboat Instructor Qualification.
  • Fire Fighting background.
  • Good IT skills.
  • Verifier / Assessor qualifications.

Salary: DOE

Submit CV and Cover Letter to careers@nmci.ie  

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January Special Offer – FREE updated CPSC course!

Posted: January 10, 2018

Three for the price of Two!

FREE CPSC course

 

 Beat the January blues with this great special offer!

Book a short or long route Updated Proficiency in Fire Prevention & Firefighting and Updated Proficiency in Personal Survival Techniques course and get a FREE Updated Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats other than Fast Rescue Boats course.

But don’t delay! This Three for Two offer is only open to bookings made from January 10th to 31st 2018.

Book both the FPFF and PST refresher courses online and call us to avail of the FREE updated CPSC course, or call our team who will book all three courses for you over the phone.

Call +353 21 433 5609 to learn more.

 

Terms and conditions apply;

Both updated PST and updated FPFF courses must be booked for consecutive dates;

All three courses must be booked for the one person. Any name change must apply to all three bookings.

Offer open to both individuals and company bookings.

Offer not valid for bookings made before January 10th 2018 or after January 31st 2018.

 

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NMCI Open Day; Thursday Oct 26th 2017

Posted: October 23, 2017

Ireland has a proud maritime tradition and the National Maritime College of Ireland is offering an opportunity to build on that at its Open Day, the annual event held in the College at Ringaskiddy.

 

It will take place this Thursday, October 26, when the College opens its doors to the public who can see the top, international state-of-the-art facilities which it has. They are a powerful statement of the importance of the maritime sector to this island nation and impressive to see.

 

This is a day when anyone interested in a career at sea can pursue the many options available in a wide, varied and challenging sector which offers huge opportunities.

 

Representatives from international shipping companies and maritime organisations will be present to meet and discuss available careers, providing information to visitors about jobs throughout the wide sphere of the maritime industry, both at sea and ashore.

 

There will be Presentations for schools and their pupils on Marine Course opportunities at the NMCI.

 

The Open Day will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with tours of training facilities at the college throughout the day and, in the Events Hall, the opportunity to visit international maritime companies and organisations.

 

Enquiries and group bookings please telephone: 021-4335607.

E-mail: admissions@nmci.ie

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