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Thursday, September 24, 2020 

Two maritime practical training and eLearning specialists, MLS and SMT, are collaborating to provide a new end-to-end maritime training solution for various shipping sectors.

Marine Learning Systems (MLS) provides software and service solutions to optimise knowledge, skills and behaviour for maritime operators while Stream Marine Training (SMT) is a provider of mandatory safety critical courses as well as technical training programmes and cadetships to the global maritime and offshore sectors. The collaboration combines MLS's software design expertise to provide the platform and tools to enable maritime businesses to manage training needs at fleet, vessel or individual crew member levels, while SMT will provide the training content and blended learning elements run by its experienced trainers, many of whom are ex-mariners.

The training cycle offered by the joint venture begins with identifying any knowledge or skill gaps within the organisation so targeted training can be implemented. This is maximised using a blended learning approach enabling the non-practical elements of a course to be completed online, saving operators time and money. For the practical elements, trainee knowledge is assessed prior to arriving at SMT’s purpose-built facility so appropriate training can be arranged in advance.

“This collaboration offers a complete end-to-end training cycle solution and is launched just at the right time to help seafarers get their training back on track post-COVID-19,” said Martin White, CEO of SMT. “Clients will realise the benefits of being in complete control of their training requirements and will have access to detailed data covering the skills, knowledge and competencies of their workforce. The system will also measure any knowledge or skills fade over time and indicate refresher training topics and frequency.”

Murray Goldberg, CEO of MLS said: “Operators will also enjoy cost savings as classroom-based training will be reduced by up to 50%, meaning significant travel and accommodation savings. Equally, seafarers will benefit from the flexibility offered by the blending learning approach, being able to participate in the online sections whatever their location. This is backed-up by SMT’s newly re-opened facilities which has stringent new coronavirus policies in place that comply with the HSE, MCA and UK government guidelines to keep delegates and staff safe.”

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