Global research conducted by Lloyd’s Maritime Academy has revealed that more than 67% of people surveyed believe there is a skills gap within the sector – with 20% highlighting a gap within technology and IT.
The research featured more than 500 responses from professionals around the world and from different sectors of the maritime industry.
“It’s somewhat worrying to see that little progress is being made towards addressing the skills gap – a topic that has been discussed by the industry for a number of years,” says Ted Bailey, head of digital learning at Lloyd’s Maritime Academy.
“Couple this with the retention and funding issues that our research also highlighted, and it’s safe to say, we’ve still got some way to go.”
Bailey points out that the UK’s Department for Transport strategy document – Maritime 2050: Navigating the Future – notes that without continuous learning, the maritime industry risks challenges such as increased costs from high staff turnover and that career progression for individuals could suffer.
“For some organisations, these are very real challenges that are happening right now, and the issue will only exacerbate if not addressed,” he says.
“Talented people within this sector are being lost to other industries because organisations are failing to plan for the long-term.
“The maritime industry needs to get serious about providing lifelong learning and a professional career path for these individuals – only then will we have any hope of attracting more people to the industry and help bridge the skills gap in the future.”