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IMEC Cadet Application for A.Y 2022


IMEC will continue to give scholarship opportunities to students who wanted to venture into the Maritime industry.

The International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC) offers a cadet-training program that nurtures young Filipinos’ dream to become world-class ship officers.

IMEC’s cadet-scholars enjoy free tuition, food and accommodation, uniform and first class trainings, among other perks, courtesy of the institution’s shipping company member – sponsors.

Not to mention that they are being honed in none other school but the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), a top-notch maritime institution of higher learning in the country.

Like the PMMA, the scholars have to complete a 2-1-1 maritime education scheme.

Their first two years are spent in school while their third year is for actual apprenticeship – the time they learn how to live, toil and survive the challenging life at sea.

Finally, they return back to MAAP to complete their college degree on their fourth year.

If you dream of traveling the world while enjoying a hefty salary at sea, apply for a scholarship grant today.

Here’s how you can be an IMEC cadet scholar:


All applicants interested in becoming an IMEC cadet, should register as a candidate here.

Once registered, you will be able to undertake an initial online assessment designed to gauge your academic level and your ability to achieve the standards required of a merchant marine officer.

Successful applicants will then be invited to a 2 stage interview process. The first interview will be with a representative of your chosen college who will be interested in your academic achievements to date. The second interview will be with an IMEC representative where your motivation to be either a deck or engine cadet will be discussed. Applicants who get through this stage will need to pass a medical examination before acceptance onto the scheme.

Competition for places on the scheme can be high so it is really worth preparing well for the assessment and interviews


IMEC funds cadets through the first two years of their training through the International Maritime Training Fund (AMOSUP). IMEC has also funded the upgrading of classrooms and learning materials, as well as continued professional development for lecturers and teaching staff to ensure all cadets receive the best possible training. Whilst at sea on the 3rd year, the cadet receive a stipend which is used to pay for the final year at college, so the financial burden for the cadets is removed.


One of the most difficult aspects of a cadetship is obtaining a training berth at sea, with a shipping company. The IMEC cadet programme is unique in that every cadet is allocated to a member from day one of training, who in turn will provide the all important training berth. After graduation, the cadet will be contracted to the company for a term of employment.


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