The University Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Vice-Chancellor has been appointed chair of a new skills commission, Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani has announced today (24 January 2020) during her visit to the Port of Tilbury.
Professor Graham Baldwin, a third-generation mariner, will lead the Maritime Skills Commission, which is being set up to better understand the existing and future skills needs of the industry both on land and at sea. It will future proof training for the 220,100 people working in the sector, including for the 27,000 employed at ports around the country.
Starting work in the coming months, the Commission will bring together leading maritime experts to report on the changing needs of the industry, make recommendations and ensure its workforce has the talent it needs for today, the next 30 years and beyond.
Professor Baldwin, who is undertaking this role in addition to his position at UCLan, said: “I am delighted to have accepted the prestigious position of Chair of the Maritime Skills Commission, a core element of delivering the Maritime 2050 Strategy.
“All parts of the maritime industry are critical to the future of the UK and I am excited to be able to contribute to its continued success.”
Visiting both the Port of Tilbury and London Gateway today, the Maritime Minister was able to witness first-hand two of the most advanced ports in the UK in action. A crucial element of the review will be to look at the impacts of advances in technology for growing the maritime workforce of the future.
Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani said: “I am proud to announce the appointment of Professor Baldwin to Chair of the Maritime Skills Commission. Professor Baldwin is already well respected by the industry and has gained experience in the sector from around the world and I believe his expertise will be an invaluable asset to the team.
“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.”
Professor Baldwin is the former Vice-Chancellor of Solent University which is home to the Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering.
The Maritime Skills Commission will build on the foundations laid by Maritime UK’s People and Skills Forum.
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 three decades.