Peter, Business Relationship Manager, represented Open Awards on 7th September at a reception for the first day of London International Shipping Week with Guest of Honour Shipping Minister, Robert Goodwill MP.
Attendance at the reception to mark London International Shipping Week was an outstanding opportunity for Open Awards to meet influential figures from Shipping, to discuss the future of the Maritime sector and the impact it has on the UK economy.
The event brought together government bodies, industry specialists, key employers and training providers – to focus on current and future developments, industry trends, skills and training needs.
During his speech, the Shipping Minister highlighted the need to increase awareness of the sector and the varied employment opportunities it provides.
The Minister made reference to the Maritime Growth Study report (published 7th September 2015) and the need to introduce Maritime Skills awareness earlier within schools and colleges to ensure a strong foundation and interest in the sector is developed.
This major study, published on the first day of London International Shipping week, was led by Lord Mountevans, Chairman of Maritime UK. It examines how Britain can maximise our potential as a maritime nation, building on the success of the industry that contributes at over £11 billion to the UK economy annually and supported more than 113,000 jobs and 6,660 businesses.
Recommendations in the study include:
- The establishment of a ministerial working group in government to drive forward action on maritime issues, set clear targets and monitor progress
- Government and industry to develop a joint strategy to identify skills gaps and increase apprenticeships in the UK maritime sector and increase apprenticeships
- The government to explore the scope for introducing examples to primary and secondary school teaching in order to raise youth awareness and, where possible, to support bodies seeking the formal accreditation of maritime studies
- To coordinate a year-round programme of awareness raising activities to encourage interest in, and entry into, maritime careers. This should include plans and publicity targeting school and university careers fairs, as well as Sea Cadets and other Youth Groups
- Potential for shore-based business service role Apprenticeships
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Open Awards have a strong history of working in this sector in both London and Liverpool and we are proud to support many education providers who work with learners to embed skills and competencies needed to work in this industry. We have a range of qualifications, including our unique QCF Level 1 qualifications in Maritime Skills that support learners wishing to progress into employment within the maritime sector and are looking forward to working with providers to continue the development of this area of work.