Fleetwood Nautical Campus supports Women in Maritime initiative

Published on 18/12/2018 by pfi

Staff from Fleetwood Nautical Campus attended the northern launch of the Women in Maritime Charter, as part of Maritime UK Week.

In January 2018, Maritime UK established a taskforce to address issues with fairness, equality and inclusion in the sector’s workforce.

Opened by the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson OBE, the launch gave people the opportunity to find out more about the Women in Maritime initiative and the ambitions of the new charter.

Fleetwood Nautical Campus was among the first organisations to sign the Women in Maritime Pledge, a commitment to take practical steps to build an employment culture which celebrates gender diversity.

Head of Fleetwood Nautical Campus, Captain Neil Atkinson, who attended the launch with key staff from the College, said:

“Throughout my career I have been privileged to work with some extremely capable and very talented women, both at sea and ashore.

“As a sector, it is imperative the maritime industry seeks to address the imbalance within the workforce and presents careers at sea as a viable option for everyone, no matter their gender.

“We were delighted to be invited to attend the launch of a charter which I hope will inspire many more women to seek out opportunities in what is, in my opinion, the best industry in the world.”

The event was opened with a celebration of inspirational women within the industry who shared their career stories, as well as senior figures from across the sector.

Fleetwood Nautical Campus is one of the UK’s leading providers of maritime education. Last year, the College celebrated 125 years offering high-quality nautical training in the North West port town.