The Marine Society College has been graded the best training institution in the UK by the Adult Learning Inspectorate.
It is the first college in the UK to be awarded a grade 2 “good” for its overall effectiveness of its provision by the government body.
The Marine Society College of the Sea, located in London, is a specialist institution which provides tailored training to professional seafarers who serve with the Royal Navy or the British Merchant Navy.
The college has more than 350 distance learners aged from 16 to 60 studying a range of subjects from GCSE/A levels through to postgraduate level.
Chief inspector of adult learning, David Sherlock, said professional seafarers were studying onboard their ships in circumstances that are far from ideal.
“When seafarers improve their skills and achieve their qualification goals the benefit is not confined to themselves personally, but extends to their colleagues at sea as well as their employers,” said Sherlock.