Specifically, the Diversity in Maritime came in response to the flagship strategy’s recommendations, alongside the establishment of the new Maritime Skills Commission.

Taken together, they will ensure the sector has highly skilled, diverse people across its shipping, ports, services, engineering and leisure marine industries.

By launching these new diversity networks, we are helping unlock the true potential of our workforce. With many more initiatives to come, I’m confident the industry will continue to develop a positive inclusive working culture as the Women in Maritime programme goes from strength to strength.

....Maritime Minister Kelly Tolhurst, said.

In light of the situation, the UK government has funded £730.000 so as to boost diversity, well-being and skills in maritime.

In fact, UK government’s Maritime 2050 strategy stated:

The maritime workforce of the future will be diverse. New roles, new technologies and a changing image of the sector will draw in people from all backgrounds across the entire UK.

As part of the program, Maritime UK will publish a new resource "HR Guidance for Recruiters" with a series of  recommendations and examples, including balancing feminine and masculine words in job descriptions and statements about what the employer is offering, beyond salary.

Concluding, a series of webinars is also part of the program, in order to support individual professional development across the sector including sessions on unconscious bias, how to excel on camera when working from home, and masterclasses on public speaking.