A plan to actively engage young people and encourage them to consider a career in the maritime sector has been unveiled as part of National Careers Week.
Maritime Careers Mersey is a 3 day forum taking place in the Exhibition Centre Liverpool, overlooking the River Mersey and will give businesses the chance to promote, connect and engage with students from across the Liverpool City Region at the point in their lives where they are considering their future prospects.
Taking place from May 19th-21st this year, the event is focused on creating a sustainable and talented workforce of tomorrow and sits perfectly in the Government’s outline for Maritime 2050, which is all about anticipating the challenges and opportunities ahead, as well as recognising the UK’s strengths so we’re placed to capitalise on them.
Simon Eardley, Regional Cluster Development Manager for Maritime UK says “Liverpool has been the heart of the maritime industry in the north of England for centuries but this ‘Maritime Careers Mersey’ event isn’t about the past! We have an exciting and vibrant future ahead of us as the UK’s premier west facing port city and a sector worth over £4.2billion and supporting some 52,000 jobs. The opportunities for well paid, quality jobs are immense, and we are keen to showcase the very best of what is on offer across every sub-sector of maritime to a wide audience. With sea trade expected to double in the next 20 years, the need for a highly skilled workforce has never been greater. That’s why we want Liverpool to be at the forefront of this national careers initiative and campaign.”
This is the first event of its kind and backs up the importance of Merseyside as a big player in the maritime industry. Schools will be invited along to the event where they will be able to actively engage with industry experts and gain a valuable insight into the various professions and routes into work.
Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive Officer for Mersey Maritime says “The UK is proud to have one of the most vibrant and competitive maritime sectors in the world. Here in the Liverpool City Region we have one of the longest and most dynamic maritime histories of anywhere in the country. But our competitiveness is not solely down to efficient tax regimes and a stable business climate. Quite simply, the UK is the world’s maritime centre because of its workforce, its people. The career opportunities are as broad as they are exciting. We want to introduce the diversity of the whole sector to the next generation of maritime workers and we hope this first ‘Maritime Careers Mersey’ event will encourage many young people to start their journey in the industry.”
A key part of the programme will be to educate young people about the variety of jobs within the sector, from leisure and tourism to marine conservation, offshore energy, security and yachting.
The event is also supported by former lecturer and Chair of Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust, Jim Graves who is passionate about improving the career prospects of young people. His theory as to why more young people don’t consider a career in the maritime industry: “There’s been a lack of engagement by the sector with young people in the last three years of their educational life as well as a lack of education and information in the system to inform young people about the sector. Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise scheme. This careers forum will help to pull this together.”