All Blacks rugby star Zinzan Brooke was a guest of honour at a Skills Breakfast hosted today at Mersey Maritime’s Birkenhead Headquarters. Zinzan Brooke now spends his time as CEO of Number 8 Group, a recruitment and skills specialist company. He took part in the Skills Breakfast with representatives from Cammell Laird and Liverpool John Moores University. The Skills Breakfast provided a forum for networking and putting maritime skillsets at the forefront of the discussion panel.
Zinzan Brooke said: “It is very easy to forget the importance of skills. The discussion panel acted as a powerful tool to get the maritime sector businesses involved and engaged in the topic while recognising that training is the key to improvement.”
Chris Shirling-Rooke, Acting CEO for Mersey Maritime, added: “The Skills Breakfast was a very successful event. It threw up some interesting discussion topics as businesses considered how skills challenges are impacting on the maritime sector.”
Around the table at Mersey Maritime were Liverpool John Moores University, Beech Group, Altrad NSG, Vissap, MCA Installations, Hugh Baird College, Grant Thornton, Jaguar Land Rover and Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW).
The Skills Breakfast addressed shortages and training requirements necessary to meet present and future employer demand being created through Liverpool City Region SuperPort. The discussion centred on providing a skilled workforce for Liverpool SuperPort which is due to create over 20, 000 new jobs in the next ten years.
Mersey Maritime Limited
Mersey Maritime is the private-public sector partnership that represents the interests of the shipping, ports and logistics sector on Merseyside, including improvements to the movement of freight across the region. It represents the interests of a cluster of 1, 700 businesses employing 28, 000 people, with a combined turnover of £2.6bn. The organisation receives funding via the European Regional Development Fund (see below), matched by private sector income raised through membership, events and consultancy services.
The European Regional Development Fund
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is making a real difference to people and businesses in the North West. With €755 million to invest between 2007 and 2013, ERDF is enhancing the competitiveness of the region’s economy by supporting growth in enterprise and employment. ERDF is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government. ERDF’s Maritime Sector Development Programme has been extended to 2015. It aims to support productivity, business growth and job creation among small to medium sized enterprises on Merseyside, helping to enhance the competitiveness of the sub-region both nationally and internationally. For further information please visit https://www.gov.uk/browse/