Trade organization Maritime UK launched a new Green Skills Project during Green Careers Week to assist in ensuring that the skills required to enable decarbonization are present in the maritime industries.
The project started with the appointment of Kit Williams as the Green Skills Sustainability Manager who is expected to coordinate the delivery of the recommendations from the Maritime Skills Commission (MSC)’s Skills for Green Jobs Position Paper through a partnership between the MSC and Cornwall Marine Network (CMN).
In addition to this, the UK Department for Transport handed over a grant to partly fund the new role which will coordinate the delivery of the recommendations outlined in the MSC’s Skills for Green Jobs Position Paper and ensure maritime has the skills it needs to transition to net-zero.”
Maritime UK Chairperson Sarah Kenny said that green jobs are “crucial in supporting the transition to net zero and in creating a sustainable future.”
“We are delighted with the appointment of Kit as the Green Skills Sustainability Manager and look forward to working with him as the project seeks to ensure that maritime has the skills required to enable its decarbonisation,” she added.
Furthermore, MSC Chairperson Graham Baldwin and CMN CEO Paul Wickes both expressed delight with the appointment of Williams as the Green Skills Sustainability Manager.
“The MSC is delighted with the appointment of the Green Skills Sustainability Manager. We would like to thank DfT for the grant to fund the position and look forward to seeing the great work that Kit will do in this role,” Baldwin said.
“We are extremely pleased to have recruited Kit to lead this crucial joint-funded initiative on behalf of the MSC and CMN. We have a strong track record of responding to business needs and stimulating growth through innovation, so are delighted to be partnering on a project that will meet the emerging green skills needs of the Maritime Sector,” Wickes said.
According to the trade group, research has estimated that the UK maritime sector will create over 1.7 million new green and full-time equivalent roles by 2030. It also indicated that 900,000 to 1.3 million of the positions will be “directly related to energy efficiency and low-carbon heating” while the remaining roles will be established by developing pre-existing jobs into greener ones.