During the Green Careers Week, which took place from 7-12 November 2022, Maritime UK launched a new green skills project to help ensure that the maritime industries have the skills required to enable its decarbonisation.
he project started with the delivery of recommendations from the Maritime Skills Commission’s (MSC) Skills for Green Jobs Position Paper.
The MSC was established in July 2020 to ensure that the maritime sector attracts a pipeline of talented people to serve all parts of the sector covering shipping, ports, leisure marine, engineering, science, and professional services.
Following the evidence gathering sessions and subsequent independent report based on the meeting at COP26, the following Commission actions have been agreed:
- Take ownership of the ‘skills to support green jobs’ agenda for the maritime sector by continuing to collaborate, learn, listen and work with key industry stakeholders.
- Support Maritime UK’s recommendation for a Green Skills tax credit.
- Work closely with Government, Research and Development institutions, and sector representatives to foster a favourable context for infrastructure investment, technology readiness and workforce development.
- Support the calls for Government-funded green-specific promotion of skills and jobs, along with wage subsidies for jobs contributing to the green transition.
- Support organisations to promote the diversity in green jobs in the maritime sector.
- Collaborate with Regional Maritime Clusters and intermediary organisations to develop local ownership of the skills agenda whilst the Commission monitors the development and deployment of skills for green jobs across the UK.
- Oversee the development and deployment of a comprehensive Matrix of Green jobs/skills in the sector.