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Seafarers Awareness Week (22-28 June) saw a surge of activities around the UK, with participants working together to raise the profile of seafaring and maritime jobs to the public - particularly young people, parents and educators.
This year's theme ‘Opportunities to Work at Sea’ highlighted the many career possibilities the maritime world offers young people. Involving eight strategic partners, plus more than one hundred maritime industry associations, employers, training providers and recruitment organisations, the week saw the industry come together to create a great careers awareness showcase.
Seafarers Awareness Week created a huge buzz on social media, kicking off with a live Q&A session on maritime careers, with key industry experts and training colleges answering questions and giving advice to young participants.
Commissioned maritime short films
On 25th June, Seafarers UK held a reception, kindly sponsored by Inmarsat Global, at the International Maritime Organization’s HQ in London, as the highlight of the Seafarers Awareness Week activities. Attended by Koji Sekimizu, IMO Secretary-General, the event attracted over 150 top industry guests, who experienced the launch of a series of specially commissioned short films, which follow the early training experiences of several young people at sea.
Warsash Officer Cadet Georgia Atkins featured in one of the short films, and highlighted the merchant navy career path of a ship's officer. The filming took place at Warsash campus and the Ship Handling Centre at the Timsbury Lake campus.
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Commenting on the reception and the success of the week, Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager at Seafarers UK, said: "Promoting maritime job opportunities proved to be a very popular theme this year, with widespread support forthcoming from partner and supporter organisations who made the most of the opportunity Seafarers Awareness Week provides to reach a huge audience, especially via social media. Our reception on 25th June was a great launch pad for our five new films of young people embarking on their careers at sea, and the IMO’s HQ was the perfect venue to preview Seavision’s exciting new web portal that looks set to be a great success.’"
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