The IMarEST is supporting a new campaign, “Engineer Your Career”, launched by the International Maritime Employers' Council (IMEC). Targeted towards high school students in the Philippines, the campaign aims to promote a positive image of marine engineering and highlight the benefits of choosing it as a career path.
Part of the campaign includes a video filmed in IMEC’s school, the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific whose cadets are enrolled as IMarEST Student members (SIMarEST). More specifically, the IMarEST is supporting these cadets with their initial professional development.
David Kelly, IMarEST’s Director of Asia Pacific commented: “We are delighted to be a part of this activity to support the recruitment and development of the next generation of marine engineers.”
IMEC hosts an enhanced 4 ½ year cadetship programme in the Philippines which is exclusively for IMEC members. The programme recruits up to 200 new cadets every year.
Over the last few years, the organisation has seen a surge in demand from members for high-calibre Engineering Cadets. However, it has also become more challenging to attract students who wish to pursue the engineering path.
Speaking at the launch of the Campaign, IMEC’s Head of Training & Operations, Adam Lewis said:
“IMEC has seen huge improvements within the calibre of prospective cadets in the Philippines, following the implementation of the K-12 system. At the same time, other industries, especially within IT, present great opportunities for high-school leavers in the country. We therefore hope that this campaign will enhance the attractiveness of marine engineering and remove some of the sea-blindness which makes recruitment a particular challenge.”
The Engineer Your Career video, alongside an application form to become an IMEC Engineering Cadet, can be found at: www.engineeryourcareer.org