New success for the maritime training program for young people

Over 80% of participants who completed the latest Maritime Futures training program have found employment in the maritime sector.

Over 80% of participants who completed the latest Maritime Futures training program have found employment in the maritime sector.

The fourth cohort of Maritime Futures saw 11 young people, aged between 16 and 25, complete the course, nine of whom secured employment upon completion of the course. The group received their certificates from Councilor Rob Pritchard, portfolio holder for communities and culture.

To date, the course designed to give young people the skills needed to embark on a career in the maritime industry has achieved a pass rate of over 75%.

Delivered by East Coast Maritime Training, on behalf of Hull Maritime, the intensive three-week course is designed to support those looking to start their careers in the fishing industry or other offshore sectors.

The Maritime Futures program will offer 100 young people aged 16-25 and the unemployed the opportunity to follow the recognized training, with the aim that 75% of them find employment within 12 months of completion.

Councilor Mike Ross, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “This is great news for those who have successfully completed the training, and I wish them all the best for their future careers. I am a father myself, so helping to give young people in Hull the best possible start in life is close to my heart.

“A big congratulations also to the Hull Maritime project. This part of their work provides young people from Hull with the necessary qualifications to start a career at sea and supports them in their application for permanent jobs in the maritime sector. It’s a meaningful and practical way to connect young people in Hull to our maritime heritage.

Trinity House Maritime Charity (London) are the main funders of Maritime Futures.

Captain Ian McNaught, Deputy Master of Trinity House, said: “It is satisfying to see that the grant from Trinity House’s Maritime Charity, with funds provided by the Department of Transport, continues to provide young people in Hull with the qualifications needed to get started and support to pursue a career in the maritime sector.

“Congratulations to the young trainees passing through the program; I wish you all long and happy careers in the maritime sector.

A participant who successfully completed the course, Charlotte Barlow, said: “I think this course has given me many useful skills and qualifications that will prepare me to work in the maritime industry.

The accredited course provides professional training as well as first-hand knowledge from former trawlers, giving students a real insight into working in these industries. In addition to practical skills, interns also learn all aspects of today’s fishing industry, with 12 separate certificates awarded to successful candidates. A partnership with the Department of Maritime Studies at the University of Hull provides historical context to the city.

Modules include mandatory safety training in firefighting, first aid, marine survival and health and safety, as well as engineering, radio procedures, surveillance and navigation, supplemented by life skills, teamwork and planning. The course includes a day of raft building in nearby Kelsey Gardens to support knowledge gained from sea survival, seamanship and stability courses.

Applications are now being taken for the next course, which starts on September 12, 2022.

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