The South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) has partnered with the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) as part of continued efforts to support marine professionals in the region.
SAIMI works to promote skills development, education, training and research that supports growth of the blue economy in South Africa and the African continent. The organisation aims to ensure the success of maritime economic development initiatives such as Operation Phakisa which prioritises focus on marine transport and manufacturing activities; offshore energy exploration; aquaculture; marine protection services and ocean governance.
The renewed partnership sees 70 staff members working for SAIMI and other higher education institutes in South Africa signing up as Affiliate members of the IMarEST. It has also encourage almost 400 cadets, students and apprentices to sign up for the free student membership offered which goes a long way in supporting those that are just starting our in their careers
Aligned with this, SAIMI is also working on a National Cadet Programme to encourage young people to consider a career in the marine sector and to encourage global industry players to recruit their talents.
‘SAIMI constantly looks for new ways to enhance the education and learning experience for our students, cadets, and working professionals in the marine and maritime sector. Through this partnership with the IMarEST, hundreds of students and cadets will benefit from a global industry network and all their learning resources. This will help them to develop professionally and occupationally.’ Soraya Artman, Operations Director, SAIMI.