Maritime Occupations - Non Statutory (Wales)

Framework status: Current (latest) issue

Framework details

Framework ID: FR03352
Issue number: 2
Issued: 31 March 2015

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Issued by
Institute of the Motor Industry

Contact name: James Stockdale
Telephone number: 01992 519039
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The Maritime sector is a major contributor the UK Balance of payments.  Every year over 90% of  all goods that are imported or exported pass through the Uk's ports to be carried on a cargo or container ship or other specialist vessel.  Cruise ships and ferries provide 51 million passenger journeys annually and the sector directly employs 250,000 people  with another 200,000 working  in  related activities.  Shipping as a method of transport carries a  low carbon footprint and the latest propulsion units are reducing it even further.  It is therefore a sector with a secure future that offers a wide range of opportunities for those who wish to work within it.  In particular:

  • The low carbon agenda is increasing the attractiveness of water born transportation including the use of rivers and inland waterways
  • Development of off shore energy sources require support services provided by the sector
  • The sector has an aging workforce, which means that there are an increasing number of opportunities for new entrants
  • Apprenticeship pathways now provide, in some cases for the first time, clearly signed entry routes into the sector with signficant opportunitties for progression and transfer, thereby addressing the identified need to attract and retain new entrants.
  • Apprenticeships contribute towards meeting the skills priorities for Wales as set out in 'Skills for Jobs: The National Strategic Skills Audit for Wales 2011' and by 

-  Incorporating Essential Skills Wales of Communication and Application of Number and ICT thereby helping to improve the levels of basic literacy and numeracy skills in the  workforce in Wales. 
-  Providing combined competence and knowledge qualifications, approved by employers to meet the skills mix they require. 
- Developing employability skills through the Incorporation of induction and employee rights and responsibilities components, recommending a minimum number of hours for these activities. 
-  Providing a progression pathway from level 2 to Level 3 qualifications and higher level skills,

Wales has several large ports offering a range of facilities including oil and gas terminals and ferry services.  There is also a thriving inshore fishing industry and and growing demand for services related to the increasing requirement for off shore energy.There are therefore an increasing number of opportunities to work for this sector in Wales. 

Formalised training has been neglected in the past and the creation of these new apprenticeship pathways will provide for the first time access to a structured programme of learning that has the support of employers and a willingness of providers to offer the appropriate off the job learning.  

Completion of a maritime apprenticeship will open up opportunities for progression to  become a mate, master or skipper of a vessel or to transfer to other parts of the sector including working on shore. 




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