The Department for Transport published its Maritime 2050 strategy in January 2019. It is being followed by the publication of “Route Maps” for the different chapters, with Trade and Technology and Innovation published so far and available from the UK Government site below.
DfT has now published the People Route Map, setting-out next steps under five headings:
- Inspiring people
- Expanding the talent pool
- Skills and training
- Career progression
- Social framework
Within the document there are three areas of particular interest to the Port Skills and Safety community:
Maritime Skills Commission
Maritime 2050 set out in some detail what the MSC is to do, notably reporting on existing and future skills needs, including those which arise from technological development, informing the curriculum, identifying reskilling opportunities, attraction of workers from other sectors, and considering how to ensure that continuing professional development takes place.
For more information on this subject, see the MSA Briefing Paper 14 below
Single Industry Body for Careers
This focuses on the careers aspects of those areas, specifically the “single industry body” for careers. [The term ‘single industry body’ is a working label, to be replaced in due course]. Amongst the recommendations in the ‘People’ chapter of Maritime 2050 were these two:
- Task a single industry body for bringing greater coherence and coordination to the promotion of maritime careers sector wide.
- Raise awareness of the maritime sector in schools by having a single industry body overseeing a more coordinated cross-sector in-school awareness and ambassador programme.
At page 27, the Route Map sets out more detail on how the Single Industry Body (SIB) will work. On the rationale for change, it says:
This is not about replacing what is already out there but coordinating, professionalising and ensuring a ‘no wrong door’ approach for those seeking to engage. It also recognised that as a sector, there is a need to be more strategic and joined up in its targeting of schools, careers advisors, groups and organisations to get messaging out about maritime roles.
For more information on this subject, see the MSA Briefing Paper 15 below
Expanding the talent pool
This topic is addressed in three separate places in the document: the sections beginning at paragraphs 2.9, 3.7 and 4.9. The rationale for action is clear:
it is essential to our future success to draw from the full talent pool when promoting the sector and recruiting.
DfT praises the work of Maritime UK’s Women in Maritime Task Force. Set up following the challenge from the previous Maritime Minister at London International Shipping Week 2017, in the last 18 months or so, it has:
- designed and promoted a Women in Maritime Pledge, which has attracted the support of 110 companies so far
- awarded Charter status to the four pilot employers (Bruntons Propellers, Shoreham Port, Fleetwood Nautical Campus, and MFB Solicitors), and recruited the next group
For more information on this subject, see the MSA Briefing Paper 16 below