Shipping Week showed why maritime careers rank among the UK’s most desirable
When the world of shipping comes together to shape the industry of tomorrow, it’s about sailing to the UK (@MaritimeUK).
It’s here at London International Shipping Week (LISW) that industry leaders around the world examine how we achieve net zero, how we drive growth in a disrupted world, and how we ride the waves of the world. future powered by AI.
And they come here not because the UK has always been the natural home of the sea, they come because this island is always the world’s leading location for the industry, and probably always will be.
LISW for 2021 has since come and gone. However, it reminds our students, job seekers and switches that a career in the UK maritime industry is a top career and has the power to make a difference around the world.
With at least 170,000 maritime jobs expected in the UK, resulting from free ports alone, we hope this is a message heard loud and clear, in higher education and beyond.
During LISW, over 300 schoolchildren saw what these future jobs could look like, aboard HQS Wellington, the Dunkirk veteran of World War II now floating on the Thames.
Maritime UK has brought in representatives from the Royal Navy, from universities like Plymouth, which recently ranked first for the navy in the Times Higher Education Impact ranking, as well as the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, City Cruises, Thames Skills Academy. and more.
Young people have seen how they venture to the seas of the world, study at the marine institute that first discovered microplastics, and provide humanitarian aid to all corners of the world.
On board this ship, these kids saw that the British Navy is a career playground, full of some of the most exciting opportunities the world has to offer.
LISW also gave us a glimpse into the industry’s green future, on HMS Albion, an 18,500-ton Royal Navy vessel docked on the Thames for the week.
On the flight deck of the ship, design projects for a fully automated and green submarine fleet; and research into machines powering ships using offshore wind turbines as if they were electronic charging points for cars, were among 55 initiatives awarded at £ 23million by government ministers.
And where 90% of global trade is carried by waves, maritime transport, thanks to its scale, will be a focal point for world leaders at COP26 and beyond for reducing emissions. The wave of investment and innovation is therefore only just beginning.
When people think of the maritime, they can think of the Titanic, or even the Evergiven. But it won’t take long for them to think of the giant Teslas of the seas.
And the industry is looking for the skills to develop them. These range from engineers and programmers to creative designers and entrepreneurs looking to make their mark in the world and take their share of the marine transportation emissions reduction technologies market, which is estimated to be worth $ 15 billion. dollars by 2050.
For UK industry as a whole, which grew 19% between 2017 and 2019 according to preliminary CEBR figures, the skills net is even wider.
Not all LISW events took place on a boat. In fact, LISW started on the London Stock Exchange, at the opening of the financial markets, in recognition of the country’s role as a world leader in financing the global industry.
And through 13-17e In September, LISW was marked at events in offices as diverse as law firms, communications providers, geopolitical risk management agencies and scientific consultants, highlighting the reach of maritime in dozens of professions. .
For job seekers who associate maritime with being at sea, LISW has shown that anyone considering a career in professional services can find a long and rewarding career in the industry, without ever getting their feet wet.
LISW will then arrive in London in 2023, but by then those in the continuing education industry can see the full range of careers and opportunities that the career has to offer on the Maritime UK website.
Crucially, LISW also celebrated how far the industry has come in terms of diversity and inclusion.
Maritime UK has established the country’s first network in the women’s transport industry, where women from rail, navy and aviation can come together to discuss mental health, progression, careers and best practices.
An annual “Pride in Maritime” day was held and the sector also came together to discuss how we can “call, call and call” in solidarity with our ethnic minority staff.
Like other industries, we still have a long way to go when it comes to diversity. But LISW has shown that we are all on the same page.
And where the maritime industry can be home to people with different skills and aspirations, it can also be home to everyone, regardless of their background.
By Lorna Wagner, Program Manager, People and Skills at Maritime UK