Addressing the marine skills gap

Mon, 09 March 2015

A UK university is doing its bit to help close the skills gap in the maritime industry, through training research.

The lack of young people training for the commercial marine industry means there is ‘sea blindness’ and a lack of public awareness surrounding the industry – something Southampton Solent University’s research hopes to tackle.

The research, which is being carried out by Dr Kate Pike, senior research fellow with the University’s Maritime Technology faculty (MARtec), aims to establish the extent of ‘sea blindness ‘and generate valuable baseline data that can be used to inform the development of a range of tools to raise public awareness about the industry.

With an international reputation for its maritime courses, training and graduates, Southampton Solent University continues to respond to the skills gap within the industry. 

The industry will be approached for further funding as the project progresses.

Source: Rachael Doyle,



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