Since 2010 the charity Seafarers UK has coordinated and promoted Seafarers Awareness Week, in June each year, to raise public awareness of the UK’s reliance on seafarers and the shipping industry.
This year it will take place between the 23rd-30th of June 2018.
The UK is dependent on a thriving maritime industry, it is estimated 95% of imports come to the UK by ship, including much of our everyday food and fuel. The UK’s diverse maritime industries support just under one million jobs and contribute to £40 billion to the UK GDP.
The theme for Seafarers Awareness Week this year, will be ‘Maritime Industry Jobs’ – at sea and ashore – with emphasis on engineering. This is a sector that the Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Merchant Navy are currently struggling to recruit people as Campaign Coordinator Nick Harvey states “[They] currently have a serious shortage of suitably skilled engineers. This is to coincide with the UK Governments ‘Year of Engineering’ campaign.
Nick continued, “ The UK’s maritime industry is larger than many others that are better known and working harder to attract talented young people Maritime UK brings together the UK’s shipping, ports, services, engineering and leisure marine industries to promote the whole sector.”
“Seafarers Awareness Week provides a focal point for the promotion of jobs for men and women, in the UK and further afield, in an exciting industry that is key to the success of the UK as an internationally trading nation.”
Seafarers UK is partner #100 in the UK Governments ‘2018 – Year of Engineering’ campaign. Maritime businesses ashore and at sea, are desperate for qualified engineers. By embracing the ‘Year of Engineering’ campaign, Seafarers UK is ensuring that Seafarers Awareness Week will have a key role to play in raising awareness of maritime job opportunities.