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Solent will be helping to highlight the many career possibilities the maritime world offers young people through social media and an open day at Warsash Maritime Academy during Seafarers Awareness Week (20-28 June).
Co-ordinated by Seafarers UK, this annual event involves maritime industry associations, employers, training providers and recruitment organisations, raising the profile of seafaring and maritime jobs to a wide audience, in particular young people, their parents and educators.Sea blindness
Solent will be using social media to share interesting facts and figures about the maritime industry. This often surprising information is being used in a University research project studying ‘sea blindness’ - the lack of public awareness surrounding the shipping industry and ways of plugging a perceived skills gap.
Dr Kate Pike, Senior Research Fellow at Solent and research lead says: “Despite its importance, there is virtually nothing about the shipping industry included on the national schools’ curriculum, which is significant when you consider that it offers very real employment opportunities.”
On Friday 26 June Warsash Maritime Academy is holding an open day to showcase the exciting study opportunities available to school and college leavers and those looking for a change of career.
As well as information and talks on life as a deck, engineer or ETO officer, visitors will have the opportunity to experience what it is like to be on a ship’s bridge and take a virtual walk through an engine room, on the Academy’s state-of-the-art simulators.
Visual displays by the fire school will show how blazes are battled at sea and the maritime and the offshore safety team will be demonstrating survival training and equipment, as well as the deployment of distress flares.
The University will also be celebrating the next generation of professional seafarers when newly qualified HND and foundation degree deck and engineering officers from Warsash Maritime Academy take part in their Passing Out Ceremony on Saturday 27 June.
For further information about Seafarers Awareness Week visit www.seafarersawarenessweek.org
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