A proposal from the UK Chamber of Shipping and Nautilus, which argues that an increase in seafarer training will create thousands of jobs for young people, has been welcomed by Polegate MP Maria Caulfield.
In a case presented to the Department of Transport, it called for the Government to double the Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) from £15 million to £30 million. This would allow an extra 400 cadets to be trained every year, increasing the total to 1200.
The case highlighted that the economic value of a seafarer to the UK economy is now £58,000; up to £17,000 higher than the national average. It also revealed that the Government’s £15m investment delivers a £70m annual yield, so economically it would be greatly beneficial to the country.
The report finally argued that there are at least 2 credible candidates for every cadetship offered, proving that there is no shortage of supply of UK and UK-based citizens who desire a career at sea.
Maria commented, “For just a small increase in funding, this scheme will deliver huge economic benefits and systemic job creation for the long term. I believe that this is a fantastic opportunity for the UK to remove the barriers for capable young people to aspire to a life at sea.
“The fact that major employers such as Shell and Carnival support the scheme shows that there are companies that are looking to employ our cadets, and the Government should support any initiative that is economically viable and promises jobs for our young people.”