The UK government has launched a series of programmes promoting maritime careers to young people, with particular focus on encouraging women into the sector.
The government has released £590,000 (€666,682.81) in funding for maritime careers promotion and development, with schemes including a series of roadshows to be held around the UK promoting the industry to young women; an initiative which will pair girls aged between 11 and 14 with women in the maritime sector to raise awareness of the range of careers available; and the creation of a single industry body to promote maritime careers in schools. £300,000 (€338,942.42) of the funding will go towards building a Maritime Skills Commission, aimed at identifying skills gaps in the sector and updating training protocols accordingly.
Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani said: “I am immensely proud of the vibrant range of jobs offered by the maritime industry, and I know that the 186,000 people who work in the sector will agree that it is a truly fantastic place to build a career. We need to ensure this fantastic industry is fuelled with the brightest talent from across the country, and that means tapping into the potential of our diverse society and increasing the number of women working in maritime. In doing this we will boost British standing in maritime globally, allowing us to successfully lead the charge to a bright new future for the UK.”
Sarah Kenny, Vice Chair of Maritime UK, said: “It’s been fantastic to see so many people hearing firsthand what a rewarding career maritime can offer during London International Shipping Week. With the sector globally forecast to double in size, there really is a job for everyone – and with typical pay significantly above the national average, our people are well rewarded. We warmly welcome government’s funding to support careers in maritime, and we’ll continue working across the country to attract tomorrow’s talent.”