Careers at Sea sponsors National Careers Week
The Merchant Navy Training Board’s (MNTB) Careers at Sea campaign is, for the first time, sponsoring an entire day during National Careers Week (5th-10th March) and is calling on UK shipping companies to help spread the word.
Careers at Sea will be sponsoring Tidal Tuesday (6th March) and will aim to inform schools, colleges and youth groups across the UK of the opportunities available at sea to young people and the lifelong career prospects offered by the maritime industry.
"We are calling on UK shipping organisations to engage with this event and open their vessels and offices to local schools and youth groups in order to raise awareness of the shipping industry and careers at sea," says Fena Boyle, Training and Careers Manager for the MNTB, who coordinates the initiative.
"This will be supplemented by visits from Careers at Sea Ambassadors and a social media campaign that will feature ‘To Sea or Not to Sea’, a broadcast-quality video we produced with ITN Productions," Fena explains.
National Careers Week aims to provide a platform to advise and inspire the next generation as they enter the world of work. The event provides a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar for school leavers. The five-day event includes daily drop-in workshops; careers fairs; employer visits; an increased focus on subject-relevant careers in lessons and screenings of careers films.
The Careers at Sea campaign works to highlight the diverse range of professional opportunities available to young people who choose to enter the UK’s most international sector, at a time when an ageing population and growth in the global shipping industry has led to increased demand for British seafarers.
Merchant Navy careers are an alternative to the university route and provide sponsored training, a professional qualification and worldwide travel.
Other ways to support Tidal Tuesday include volunteering to attend schools as a Careers at Sea Ambassador and sharing experiences an audience who may not know about the maritime industry. "This is an opportunity for the industry to make a difference and dispel the myth once and for all that young people do not know about career prospects at sea," says Fena Boyle.
The Careers at Sea initiative recently won two awards that recognise the campaign’s efforts to boost the number of young people entering maritime careers. The ‘To Sea or Not to Sea’ film was awarded Best New Association Video by the Association of Association Executives at its annual congress in December. The Careers at Sea Ambassadors programme also received the Special Award in the Effective Voice of the Year category.