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7th June 2024

A local training provider has once again joined forces with Hull Maritime to continue to deliver the hugely successful training programme for those wanting to work at sea.

East Coast Maritime Training, who specialises in delivering in training within fishing and offshore industries will deliver the ‘Maritime Futures’ programme for people aged 19 or over.

The intensive ‘Maritime Futures’ course is designed to support those who are looking to start their career in the fishing or offshore sectors, whether that is on oil rigs, the fast-growing wind farms or the fishing industry.

The offshore training scheme has, so far, trained 101 young and/or unemployed people, predominantly from the local area, giving entry level qualifications suitable for the offshore maritime sector. Many of the trainees lived in areas of high deprivation and a significant amount experienced additional barriers to employment.

82% of the trainees secured employment in the offshore sector within 30 days of the course. As a result of this success and exceeding the original targets, Hull Maritime have secured match funding to provide another year of training.

  • Of the 101 that completed the course 80 secured employment at sea within 30 days of finishing the course. Two went on to take further maritime qualifications
  • 57% of trainees were aged under 25
  • 74% of the trainees were unemployed at the start of the course
  • 37.5% are currently working offshore, 62.5% are currently employed
  • 69% have worked offshore, 88% have been in employment or training since completing the course
  • 75% strongly agreed that they had learned new skills
  • 63% said these skills help them get a job
  • 81% said they’d learned about Hull’s maritime history
Participant learn a range of skills

Gillian Osgerby, Hull City Council’s Programme Director for Hull Maritime, said: “Our vision is to give young/and or unemployed people in Hull the opportunity to gain qualifications to access a seafaring career as well as making Hull’s maritime history and present relevant to those undertaking the course."

The course extension was made possible through the fundraising work of the Hull Maritime Foundation. Chair Ros Stuart said: “We are delighted to have secured additional funding from Trinity House Maritime Charity DFT Fund and the Multiply Project from Hull Training and Adult Education to enable more young people to start their career at sea.”

There will be an additional four courses to be delivered by March 2025 with 10 people per course. If you know anyone or are interested in completing the course then contact East Coast Maritime Training.