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The maritime sector is a key contributor to the UK economy . The global shipping, maritime leisure and ports industries are of truly world-scale significance - and the UK is a major player in the supply of capital, hardware and skilled employees into both UK and overseas companies operating in this sector. Measured in terms of the balance of payments contribution to the UK alone, the sector's benefit exceeds that of aerospace.
Some key statistics:
What does it do?
It includes industries where the principal business activities cover the control management and operation of harbours, ports and vessels associated with:
The extensive range of jobs and career opportunities that are available within the maritime sector can be found on the career pathways page
John Hayes was speaking at the Maritime Skills Alliance's reception for London International Shipping Week, held at Trinity House. He said:
Let’s not think in terms of modest incremental increases, but rise to the challenge of doubling the number of apprenticeships offered.
I want the Board of every maritime business, whether they pay the Levy or not, to discuss how apprenticeships can help them succeed by growing the next generation of talent.
The Minister was launching "Maritime Apprenticeships: your future, their future, our future", a booklet jointly published by the Department for Transport and industry lead body Maritime UK.
Click here for the full Press Release - Apprenticeships booklet.
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