AGE is no barrier for a seafaring young man recruited by a national marine charity.
Aged 19, Wearsider Alexander Rodgers is the youngest-ever secretary taken on by the Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS).
Alexander, from Lambton in Washington, will help steer the charity’s Northumbria unit on a course including recruitment, training and seamanship.
He hopes that learning about all things nautical will boost his chances of landing his dream job as a navigating officer or deck cadet in the Merchant Navy.
“I joined MVS for a number of reasons,” he said.
“I’ve learned new skills about the maritime industry and considerably improved my CV, which I hope will help in my job applications.
“Joining MVS has also improved my team working skills and social life too.”
Founded in 1994, the uniformed charity has more than 30 units around the UK coastline at major port and river areas.
Its aim is to keep the country’s seafaring traditions alive, with practical training in seamanship, small boat handling, engineering and communications, which will all stand Alex in good stead when he applies for a career with the Merchant Navy.
The MVS Northumbria Unit is based in Benton, Newcastle, and trains with its 21ft inflatable boat at the city’s St Peter’s Marina.
Meetings also take place in spaces donated by the Mission for Seamen in South Shields and South Tyneside College.
It is hoped that a unit will be set up in Sunderland in the near future.
Anyone interesting in joining up should be over 18, but no experience is necessary as training will be given.
For more information, visit http://www.mvs-northumbria.org.uk.