New to the forum and industry.
Does anyone have experience with or insight regarding the Hornbeck apprentice program? I am 40 yrs. old with zero sea time, but have MMC (OS/WIPER), Twic, passport, drivers license, and SSN. What kind of people are they looking for? Am I too old? Do they (Hornbeck) have piles of applications (for the apprenticeship) from younger, more experienced and qualified people?
Per their instructions, I submitted an on-line application for the Nov.-Mar. open enrollment to begin June 2014. Is there anyone here that has applied for this apprenticeship and been contacted for interviews? I wonder how many applicants vs. slots there are. I’ve contacted Hornbeck a few times but don’t want to be a nuisance. Originally, I thought I was a good candidate with a good chance–now, after reading this forum for several months, I think I am a good candidate with a snowballs chance.
Both of my sons are in the SIU apprentice program and while I did consider this, I hope there is a better way for me–a mature person. The 3 month “bootcamp” at Piney Point is more like 2 months of working to keep the campus functioning and (aprox.)1 month actual class time with a bunch of 20-25 yr old guys monkey-f-ing around during down time. I’ve already done bootcamp. From there straight to a ship for 90 days (with virtually no pay), back on the beach for several month waiting to get back to P.P. for 7 weeks of upgrade training. This all equates to about 1 full year of virtually no pay. Ok for young kids, tough for older people with households to run. I haven’t crunched the numbers but its probably cheaper to pay for all of the class/testing as opposed to not getting paid for 1 year–but you would still have the other hurdle, getting foot in door with no experience.
In the mean time, I think I should pony-up and take the BST class and this Maritime Security Awareness(?) class I just learned of. At least then,hypothetically, someone could actually put me to work.
Disclaimer: some of the above might contain stupid questions that have been cover ad nauseum 999,999 times. Please don’t lambaste me, thanks.