Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) is a government funded scheme created to increase the number of qualified seafarers in the UK maritime industry (The Support for Maritime Training Scheme must comply with the EU State Aid General Block Exemption Regulations).
The SMarT scheme was established in April 1998 and supports training courses approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) for the training of officers, officer cadets and ratings.
SMarT funding is claimed on behalf of trainees by sponsoring companies enrolled in the scheme.
The budget for 2017/18 is set at £15 million, and is designed to help support up to 50% of training costs, subject to eligibility requirements, for the following:
- Officer cadets following approved training leading to a II/1, III/1 or III/6 Certificate of Competency
- Junior officer trainees following approved training leading to a II/2, III/2 or III/6 Certificate of Competency.
- Shore-based elements for Ratings Training
- Ratings to Officer Conversion Training
- Adult Entry Trainee Engineer leading to a III/1 Certificate of Competency.
- ECDIS/HV/HELM courses where applicable.
SMarT funding may also be available for unemployed trainees and for those undertaking junior officer training, ratings training (shore-based), and ratings to officer conversion training. These claims can be made through the Merchant Navy Training Provider.
Eligibility requirements apply in all cases. A full list of scheme requirements, as well as information about the application process can be found in MGN 455 and MIN 486 available from the gov.uk website which have been extended until 31st March 2018.