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Monday 27 October 2014

Getting young people excited about maritime careers

What’s the best way to get young people excited about careers in the marine and maritime industries? Last month, career advisors, educators and STEM subject leaders attended the Marine and Maritime Careers Conference 2014 to find out.

The event, a collaboration between Southampton Solent University and Hampshire County Council, was a chance for maritime industry professionals to talk to local educators about the wide range of career opportunities and education pathways that are available.

Some young people might already be dreaming of a career on the high seas, whereas others might not even know that these options are available to them. It is hoped that by educating teachers and career advisors, anyone who wants to find out more about careers at sea will be able to easily access accurate and personalised advice.

Professor John Chudley, Dean of the Maritime and Technology Faculty, said that, “Recognising the importance of the marine and maritime industries to the region, both Hampshire County Council and the University wanted to hold an event that showcased the lead role the area plays in this sector.”

Take a look at the video below for highlights from the conference.

Keynote speakers at the event included Associated British Ports, Ben Ainslie Racing, the British Marine Federation, Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV), Fareham College and CEMAST, and the University’s Warsash Maritime Academy.

These Industry experts gave short presentations about apprenticeship opportunities, further and higher education provision, and why the south coast is a driving force for growth and development in the industry.

To find out more about marine and maritime education here at Solent, be sure to visit the Warsash Maritime Academy and Warsash Superyacht Academy websites.