Four youth from the SOS Children’s Village in Cebu are these days about to start their one-year maritime apprenticeship as cadets, two of them on board a Solvang ship. Solvang ASA was one of a dozen Norwegian shipping companies who in 2008 formed a joint sponsorship of the SOS Village in Cebu.

Since then, the accumulated donation from the joint sponsorship has passed $1 million. For Solvang ASA it was a special moment to welcome two new cadets who have grown up in the SOS Village in Cebu.

For many young people in The Philippines, a career in the shipping industry is only a dream. For Mary and Aaron, two youth who grew up at the SOS Children's Village Cebu, the dream is now more reality.  Through their hard work, Mary and Aaron were able to secure apprenticeship on board a Solvang vessel.

Put theory into practice

The cadet program ensures quality education by combining job training with theoretical instructions.  Mary and Aaron have three years maritime education and will start with their shipboard training mid-December. Both of them are very motivated and enthusiastic about their future on board. They will follow a fixed Deck and Engine Cadet Training program. The cadets are trained to become competent in different tasks hence become prepared for the licensure examination.

Educates future officers and engineers

Solvang ASA select their cadets through the cadet program managed by Norwegian Training Center (NTC) in Manila, another joint sponsor of the SOS Village in Cebu. The cadet program aims to improve maritime education in the Philippines and produce quality seafarers who can meet international standards. The selection process to become a cadet is extensive and followed by close supervision during the studies, to make the students ready for service on board Norwegian ships.
 
Mary and Aaron will have their apprenticeship for a year, after that they will return to school for their Bachelor’s degree graduation and board examination review. After obtaining their certificates, they can start their careers with Solvang ASA through different ranks on board a sailing vessel.

Mary and Aaron from Cebu. Photo: SOS Archive
Mary and Aaron from Cebu. Photo: SOS Archive
Mary and Aaron meeting Kjetil Meling, Melecio Edem and Virgilio Lopez from Solvang ASA. Photo: SOS Archive
Mary and Aaron meeting Kjetil Meling, Melecio Edem and Virgilio Lopez from Solvang ASA. Photo: SOS Archive