News from our Members and Partners

06 March 2018

Promoting maritime to careers advisers

Career opportunities from across the UK’s shipping, ports, business services, engineering and leisure marine industries were on show at Olympia yesterday.

The National Career Guidance Show is put on specifically for careers advisers, teachers, parents, careers leads in schools and careers educators from any other setting.

Despite the weather, the show featured more than 200 exhibitors, plus one-to-one CPD clinics organised by the Career Development Institute (CDI). There was also a programme of expert talks. Careers ‘influencers’ were keen to learn more about the possible career opportunities for their students and clients.

Maritime UK's Careers Promotion Forum has decided to focus its joint promotional activity at careers influencers. Careers leads from the Merchant Navy Training Board, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and Seafarers UK joined the stand.

The UK is proud to have one of the most vibrant and competitive maritime sectors in the world – and its 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.

Maritime UK’s presence showcased the breadth of careers available in maritime and directed users to visit the careers section of the website (, which signposts users to the lead industry organisations for each part of the sector.

The UK maritime sector is worth £40bn and supports just under 1,000,000 jobs.

With sea trade expected to double in the next 20 years, the need for a highly skilled workforce has never been greater. The UK is committed to providing world-class seafarers, port workers, engineers, naval architects, shipbrokers, financiers, accountants, consultants, insurers and lawyers, so that – together – they can meet the long-term needs of this most global of sectors.

The international maritime community recognises the UK’s unequalled expertise, thought leadership, and world-leading innovation – and never stop looking for the brightest and best people to join the industry.

The career opportunities are as broad as they are exciting.

The Maritime Growth Study challenged industry to come together to better coordinate the promotion of the numerous career opportunities across maritime, and joint attendance at careers events is forming part of the industry response to the recommendation.