President highlights UK Chamber’s role in supporting maritime skills

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UK Chamber President Marcus Bowman today took part in a panel discussion on maritime skills as part of the International Festival for Business in Liverpool.

The event, hosted by UK Chamber member Bibby Line Group, took place at the Museum of Liverpool this afternoon (Thursday 12 June) and centred on: ‘Global Skills Shortage – Changing the Maritime & Offshore Industry’.

Discussing what role the UK Chamber of Shipping have to play in supporting and developing skills, Marcus Bowman expressed the chamber’s commitment to working with government to create the optimum conditions to support maritime training in the UK.

The President cited development of the tonnage tax system with its unique training commitment; work to ensure funding for training – specifically the SMarT scheme; and involvement with government apprenticeship programmes through the Merchant Navy Training Board, most recently through the latest round of Trailblazer Apprenticeships, as key examples of the UK Chamber’s role.

Marcus also responded to the question of how the UK Chamber of Shipping can help co-ordinate an industry wide response to skills issues. He highlighted the chamber’s regular and ad hoc committee structures, contacts and working relationships with government departments and important individuals. Marcus added that UK Chamber and MNTB staff play an important role in engaging with relevant projects and activities in the EU sphere.

Marcus Bowman was joined at the event by fellow panellists John Ridgway, CEO BP Shipping; Jonathan Taylor, Vice President European Investment Bank; James Leake, Managing Director Arrow Research Group; Jacqueline Foster MEP, Deputy Leader of the Conservative MEPs and Conservative Spokesman on Transport & Tourism; and Sir Michael Bibby, Managing Director, Bibby Line Group.