Solent Dives into Maritime UK Week
Solent University and Warsash Maritime School draw on experience as leaders within the maritime education and training sector to shine a light on a range of topics.
To celebrate Maritime UK Week (10 - 16 Oct) we'll shine a light on topics ranging from autonomous shipping to women in Maritime, through a series of blogs, expert comments and events.
Responsible for enabling 95% of the UK’s global trade, maritime touches every part of our lives. As an island nation, the maritime sector’s key workers keep the UK supplied with food, energy and medicine - a role that gained particular prominence and recognition during the pandemic. Now, as the industry looks to move towards the future, there is much to celebrate, and key issues to progress, such as diversity and inclusion in the sector. Solent will look to draw on our experience and explore the world of maritime via key spokespeople.
Warsash Maritime School is the only maritime training provider of its kind, with a history of training seafarers for over 75 years. In addition to a prestigious officer cadet training scheme, the School offers more than 150 accredited deck, engineering, interior, maritime and offshore safety training courses approved by the MCA, MNTB, OPITO, SIGTTO, SQA, and other awarding bodies
Throughout the week experts will delve into key areas within the industry, Claire Hogan, Lecturer in Cadet Education here at Solent focusses on the idea of ‘Women in Maritime’, she goes on to comment: “The one thing I have noticed is there is still a lack of diversity at sea, particularly when it comes to women. In a survey released this year by BIMCO it found that only 1.2% of the global seafarer workforce are women. In my view there is a lot of work that needs to be done around recruitment into the Merchant Navy, but particularly around showing young girls that it is a rewarding and fulfilling career for anyone.”
We are also hosting a Warsash Maritime School careers at sea open day, on Saturday 8 October 9.30am – 2pm. Anyone interested in exploring a career in maritime or the superyacht industry is invited to register to attend. Visitors will be able to find out about life at sea as a deck (navigation), engineering or electro-technical officer. And they will be able to learn more about our officer cadet training programme which incorporates professional and academic qualifications up to honours degree level, course fees covered by sponsoring companies, and receipt of a salary or allowance during training.
On Wednesday 12 October, 3-6.30pm, the Warsash Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships Research Centre (WMRC) is holding a seminar addressing Maritime digitalisation. This will be followed by a Q&A session, networking, and tour of the Maritime Simulation Centre.
On Saturday 15 October, 10am – 4pm, colleagues from Warsash Maritime School and Solent Business School will be joining other maritime representatives at Portsmouth International Port for their Open Day – providing another opportunity for visitors to learn more about our maritime courses, training, and education.