Two trainee programmes preparing you for an exciting maritime career.

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Primary job tasks

Shipbrokers are agents of a shipping company or a shipper. You arrange shipping of goods and raw materials as well as leasing ships. Some shipbrokers also buy and sell ships.

Ship agents also work for shipping companies. You service and manage the ships' operations that relate to imports and exports. Moreover, you perform an important task of servicing the ship and its crew when it is in port. It is also you who handles communication with authorities, which place stringent demands on shipping.

You must prepare yourself for long and varied work days that include anything from sales presentations, negotiations, networking, planning of port calls, customer service, contact with authorities, projects to administrative work etc. You work with international projects and contacts, and your workplace can be in Denmark or abroad.

Your motivations and qualifications

  • You must have an upper secondary education
  • Outgoing and lots of stamina
  • Independent and service-oriented
  • Ambitious to work with sales in a busy and competitive environment

The programme

In collaboration with the Danish Shipbrokers Association, Rybners Handelsskole & Erhvervsakademi Sydvest offer 2-year shipping training for both shipbrokers and ship agent trainees. The training can be supplemented with a college programme (AU) in International Transport and Logistics, which formally finishes when your apprenticeship is completed.

The school includes 7 residential courses lasting 1 week in lovely surroundings in Esbjerg.

The apprenticeship takes place in the companies. You will find the list of shipping companies that are members of the Danish Shipbrokers’ Association on the association’s website

Career opportunities

When you have completed the trainee programme there is a good chance to continue your career in the company where you did your training. You also have the option to complement your skills with a diploma programme in Shipping from Erhvervsakademi Sydvest to strengthen your theoretical foundation for an exciting career in shipping.

3 good reasons for choosing this career path:

  • You get a fast-paced and varied career
  • You have good opportunities for an international career
  • You get the chance to meet people from around the world

Title Shipbroker / Ship agent

Type Trainee programme

Duration 2 years

Entry requirements Upper secondary education. Contact Danish Shipbrokers Association for further information via

Economy Trainee salary

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