Meeting the Need? The importance of maritime and marine education and training
  • Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building

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The value of good education and training cannot be overstated. 

Time spent learning is never time wasted; and, in the maritime world, the need for high-quality, well-educated people at all levels and in all sectors is as great as it has ever been. The global maritime and education network is vital for the continued supply of well-trained and highly-qualified people required to fuel and sustain the shipping industry as it adapts to serve the needs of a growing global population. 

It is the growing importance of training and education for the maritime industries that led to the choice by IMO of the theme for World Maritime Day 2015. Plymouth has a rich range of organisations involved in maritime training and education. 

This evening meeting, organised by professional bodies - the Nautical Institute, IMarEST and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects - and supported by Plymouth University Marine Institute, will consist of a series of short talks. 

Dr Ruth Weaver, Chair of Governors, UTC Plymouth will share her interest in marine technical education, Lieutenant Mark Keyworth RN, Training Group Officer based at HMS Raleigh will focus on basic training in the Royal Navy. Captain Bob Hone, Lecturer in Navigation and Marine Science, Plymouth University will consider recent thinking by the Merchant Navy Training Board. The recently published Maritime Growth Study which emphasises the UK’s need for a future skilled maritime workforce will be covered by Paul Wright, Fellow of the Nautical Institute

The event is FREE and light refreshments, sponsored by the Joint Devon and Cornwall Branch of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, will provide an opportunity for networking.

Doors open at 6.45pm for 7pm start.


  • Welcome: Bob Allen IMarEST, RINA
  • Introduction: Maritime Growth and Maritime Skills (Paul Wright FNI, Nautical Institute)
  • A Marine Engineering Mission: Creating the technical workforce of the future (Dr Ruth Weaver, Chair of Governors, University Technical College Plymouth)
  • Core Maritime Skills: Training for service in the RN (Lt Mark Keyworth RN, Training Group Officer, HMS Raleigh) 
  • Recent Thinking: Future developments in training for the Merchant Navy (Captain Bob Hone Lecturer, Navigation & Marine Science, Plymouth University)
  • Concluding Remarks
  • Nautical Institute Fellowship Award: Nigel Blazeby, Marine Consultant at UK Maritime Administration

For further information please contact Robert Hone (email: / tel: 01752 586163).

News release: Come on in for World Maritime Day 2015 (21 September 2015)

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