Seawork opens up its doors to mark 21 years
Seawork International Europe’s leading commercial marine exhibition opened up its doors on 3 July to facilitate between in the global marine market.
The exhibition was opened by Nusrat Ghani, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State from the UK Department of Transport, also responsible for maritime security, skills and apprenticeships.
“I feel fortunate to have become the minister for this important sector, the commercial marine sector provides £40bn of turnover to the UK’s economy.”
She added that platforms like Seawork are important to raise the profile of the sector and bring new skills and apprentices into the industry.
A key job for the sector, going forward Minister Ghani said, will be to attract more women into the sector, of which there are currently only 3%.
A maritime pledge launched at Seawork aims to do just that, increase gender diversity at all levels and already 30 companies have signed up.
“This is great news because it's an early indicator of the intent of the industry,” she said.
The Government has pledged to increase its backing of the sector with its long-term strategy called Maritime 2050.
It has already committed to put 1200 cadets into the maritime sector and has increased its apprenticeship offerings with marine pilot and able seafarer opportunities.
But it aims to do more to “keep the UK a major global maritime power” by attracting more skilled and capable people.
Andrew Webster, MD of Mercator Media Ltd and Seawork organiser, thanked delegates and exhibitors for attending the exhibition and for taking the opportunity to make the sector stronger.
“Seawork is a vital facilitator to trade, it is at the centre of the industry bringing it together to seize new opportunities and take on new ideas," he said.
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