The Maritime London Officer Cadet Scholarship (MLOCS) is a charity which provides the funds to enable young people to undertake the three to four year training required to become a Merchant Navy deck, engine or electro-technical officer.

The charity currently has 20 cadets aged between 16 and 23 at various stages of training.

MLOCS training is undertaken by Chiltern Maritime both at sea aboard a variety of commercial vessels and at colleges in Warsash (Southampton), Glasgow or South Shields (Newcastle).

In 1992 a small group of Lloyd’s underwriters established the Lloyd’s of London Officer Cadet Scholarship as a registered charity. Its objective was to support the training of UK-based merchant navy officers in order to:

  • Recognise and promote the improvement of standards of expertise on merchant vessels
  • Provide a supply of UK seafarers who might particularly look to the City for careers when coming ashore

The scheme was renamed the Maritime London Officer Cadet Scholarship in 2002 to reflect the contribution to funding of the Scholarships made by the wider maritime services industry in the City.

The Scholarships enable Cadets to study at leading nautical training colleges and at sea to qualify as deck and engine room officers. Each Cadet is funded throughout their training by a named corporate Sponsor. MLOCS is also supported by Donors who identify with our objectives but do not sponsor a particular Cadet. Training courses begin in either January or September of each year and last for 3 years.

Sponsors are involved in the Cadet selection process and each Cadet liaises with their Sponsor throughout their training. Mentoring of a Cadet can also provide each Sponsor with opportunities for in-house training for their staff and other corporate initiatives.

The three-year sponsorship is augmented by Government support under the SmarT scheme and generous contributions from Donors. This funding enables the Cadet to pay the costs of training and also provides a subsistence allowance. Selection of Cadets is supervised by the Trustees in conjunction with Chiltern Maritime Ltd, a highly respected crewing agent and cadet training company. All Trustees are volunteers and the overheads of the charity are low.

MLOCS Patrons, Trustees, Sponsors and Donors 2016/17

Registered Charity No. 1013834