Specifically, UK's Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani, during her visit at the port of Tilbury, announced on January 24, 2020, that Professor Graham Baldwin will be the one leading the Maritime Skills Commission.
Accordingly, the Commission aims to acknowledge that the industry, on land and at sea, needs and what will be its future skills. In addition, the Commission will train 220,100 people working in the sector, including for the 27,000 employed at ports around the country.
Professor Graham Baldwin commented
The creation of the commission was a key recommendation in the flagship Maritime 2050 Strategy, and further detailed in the People Route Map. The long-term plan sets an ambition for the UK to become a world leader in the move to clean maritime growth, with support for UK businesses and a targeted focus on the maritime workforce, to shape the sector over the next 3 decades.
In the meantime, during her visit at the the Port of Tilbury and London Gateway, the Minister was able to see two of the most crucial ports in the UK.
Thus, Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani stated that the newly appointed Professor Baldwin is already a respected man in the industry and has gained experience in the sector, making his contribution to the team and the Commission valuable.
The commission will play a crucial role in ensuring our industry is equipped with the brightest talent, support and resources to further enhance the UK as a world maritime leader
... the Minister added.
Back in September 2019, UK announced the investment of £730,000 to enhance the maritime sector concerning diversity, wellbeing and skills in shipping, also providing the funding of £300,000 for a new Maritime Skills Commission to identify existing and future skills needs of the sector, informing the training curriculum and ensuring it evolves over time.