College Supports Seafarers Awareness Week

Published: Tuesday 23 June 2015

Blackpool and The Fylde College is supporting Seafarers Awareness Week 2015 to raise awareness of Britain’s dependence on seafarers and to highlight the many career possibilities the maritime world offers young people.

Co-ordinated by Seafarers UK, a major grant-making charity that supports the maritime community, Seafarers Awareness Week promotes the vital role seafarers play in the UK and global economies – an industry employing 1.5 million seafarers worldwide, of which 71,310 are from the UK.

The focus of the campaign will be the promotion of education, training and recruitment services that can lead to employment in the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy – including container and cargo ships, fuel tankers, cruise ships, ferries and workboats.

The College’s Fleetwood Nautical Campus is one of the UK’s top nautical establishments, attracting students from all over the world.

Head of Maritime Operations Shajan Lukose said: “We are happy to support Seafarers Awareness Week and promote the fantastic opportunities available to young people. Our graduate to employment rate is 100%, which is as much a testimony to the high calibre of our students as it is to the excellent relations we enjoy with shipping companies. We have recently launched a Level 3 diploma in Shipping and Maritime Operations to help prepare more school leavers for a career in the industry and look forward to continuing to build on our existing success.”

This year’s theme also complements two events announced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO); Day of the Seafarer (25 June) and World Maritime Day (24 September), which both focus on maritime education and working at sea. IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu stated recently that maritime education and training were ‘essential for the long-term sustainability of the sector, both at sea and on shore’.

Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager at Seafarers UK, said ‘We are delighted to co-ordinate our theme alongside the IMO and look forward to another highly successful Seafarers Awareness Week. With so many opportunities, including in growth areas such as cruise ships, superyachts and renewable energy developments, it is paramount we ensure that the next generation views working at sea as a viable and exciting career option too.’

Visit www.seafarersweek.uk

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