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Posted : July 26, 2007
I am looking for a career in commercial diving but would not be able to afford the cost of the courses. Is there any other way to get into the industry ie, a employer paying for the course like a traineeship. Many thanks Jamie

Posted : August 1, 2007
Hi Jamie.

Sadly it is unusual for employers to fund individuals. I have known some companies to do this, but usualy with people who have been in reasonably long term employment with them and who would most likely have to agree not to leave the company after having invested so much in them. Or perhaps pay back some of the course fees if they do leave. However 99 times out of 100 the divers pay for their own initial training.

Don't give up trying though. The industry is very busy just now and companies are seeing the need for investing in their divers to ensure they stay with them, so perhaps things will change. There's no harm in writing to them or check your yellow pages, find their addresses and knock on their door. Sell yourself to them and who knows where it might lead.
Answer provided by Ali MacLeod, The Underwater Centre

Ali MacLeod
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