The UK’s maritime education and training is second to none. The Department for Transport Shipping and Ports Minister Robert Goodwill is joined by the leaders from some of the UK’s leading maritime training businesses who are investing for the future with apprenticeships and training to deliver new skilled talent and bring today’s youth into this exciting sector. Find out more about the publication of the Maritime Growth Study at the launch of London International Shipping 2015 here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/major-maritime-report-launched-as-london-international-shipping-week-gets-underway Video Transcript: Robert Goodwill MP A successful maritime industry needs the right people with the right skills. The UK is renowned for its world class maritime training. The sector benefits from significant input and collaboration with the world’s most successful maritime businesses. Bill Walworth The Maritime Skills Alliance brings together all the various elements of the maritime industry, including the regulator and the operator and the training providers. And between us we’re able to understand what it is that the operator needs to be able to operate their maritime units efficiently, optimising the skills of their crews. And the regulator able to say this is what you need to do to be able to fit the international requirements. Jamie Bullar Some students have got a real passion. They want to go deep sea. They want to go into the Merchant Navy or the Royal Navy. Some students want to do electro-technical courses - they want to go into shipbroking and ship finance and ship insurance Bill Walworth We have colleges using technology and the best trainers that are available around the world for us to offer the 4,000 students who already come here from abroad, who we hope will increase as the maritime growth strategy kicks in and the focus on people. Lizzie Dykes There’s quite a lot of foreign students that come to the UK to study. There was always foreign students at the college where I studied as well doing their actual watch, doing the mate’s ticket and doing their master’s ticket. So the UK is obviously quite a leader in the training aspect of it, and people want to come to the UK to gain a UK ticket …and the engineering behind how a ship works… John Chunley Where we are in the engine room simulator today, the students are sponsored by industry and shipping companies so they are working directly with industry and for industry. We work very closely with shipping companies and insurance companies, law companies where the undergraduates will undertake visits with industry so we're very much employability based. Employability is the theme within what we do and we try and impart that to our students in all of their work. Robert Goodwill MP For these reasons, we fully recognise the importance of delivering new skilled talent in the maritime sector. And we will continue to invest in our maritime skills agenda for seafarers, from apprentices to cadets to ensure that the UK remains a global leader in maritime training and development.