Hundreds flock to learn more about maritime career opportunities on one of the UK’s greatest engineering projects.
Hundreds of people attended an event in Chatham keen to learn more about exciting career opportunities in the maritime industry linked to the £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel project.
Nearly 450 people visited the event at the School of Engineering in the University of Greenwich’s Chatham Maritime Campus, with 323 registering their interest to work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel and pursue a long-term career in the maritime sector. People unable to attend can register their interest at www.jobsinmaritime.com
The tunnel – dubbed London’s ‘super sewer’ – will upgrade London’s antiquated sewerage system, creating thousands of jobs and hundreds of apprenticeships. The project is now searching for the next generation of maritime workers to support the construction works and to build their maritime careers.
Jobs in Maritime, the chosen partner of Thames Tideway Tunnel, is inviting anyone interested in a maritime career to attend a series of Connect events where they can learn more about the super sewer project, meet some of the people involved, find out about job roles and register their interest in job opportunities when construction starts. The Chatham event was the first to be organised.
Peter Green, Chief Executive of Jobs in Maritime, says: “The Chatham event was a huge success. A number of maritime businesses attended to give advice to the people who came along. These included people who already work in the maritime community, including shipping and offshore oil. We also welcomed Year 10 students from the Ahoy Centre in Deptford, students from Mid Kent College and jobseekers recommended to us by Jobcentre Plus.
“We have received very positive feedback from these visitors and also from the maritime businesses who were on hand to promote the career opportunities that the Thames Tideway Tunnel project will offer and to encourage a new generation of people to start a sustainable seagoing or shore-side career.”
Peter adds: “It’s never too late to consider a career in the maritime sector so even if you are in employment at the moment, perhaps bored with your 9 to 5 office routine and looking for an exciting career change, I’d urge you to find out more about these new opportunities.”
Enabling works begin on the Thames Tideway Tunnel in 2015 and construction begins in 2016 at more than 11 sites along the river. Over the eight-year construction period, the project will create thousands of jobs. Beyond 2023, the project will create a lasting legacy that is about more than just a cleaner river. It will ensure the continuity of employment and skills development within the UK maritime sector, helping individuals to develop long-term careers within the industry.
Future Thames Tideway Connect events will be held at:
26 March: London Cruise Terminal, Tilbury, Essex
30 April: University of Greenwich, Greenwich Maritime, London
28 May: Harwich, Essex
To find out more about these events, visit www.jobsinmaritime.com
For details about the Thames Tideway Tunnel Project visit www.thamestidewaytunnel.co.uk
· The River Thames and the Channel is the largest maritime ‘cluster’ in the UK, representing more than 4000 businesses, employing 210, 000 people and generating £5bn of GDP. Maritime industries on the River Thames contribute £3.7bn pa to the UK economy and employ 46, 375 people.
· The Thames Tideway Tunnel is a major new sewer, urgently needed to protect the tidal River Thames from increasing pollution. London’s sewerage system is no longer fit for purpose and spills millions of tonnes of sewage into the tidal section of the river every year. The project will tackle the problem of overflows from the capital’s Victorian sewers for at least the next 100 years and will enable the UK to meet European environmental standards. The Thames Tideway Tunnel Project will create more than 4, 300 jobs and will become one of the biggest employers in London, offering jobs that have a world-class reputation. It is expected that at least 4.2 million tonnes of excavated material will be transported by barges or ships along the River Thames. This is a 30% increase to the existing river traffic and will require expert skills.
· Jobs in Maritime is the global job site and recruitment service of the National Maritime Development Group (NMDG), the UK maritime network for industries influenced by sea and waterways. Jobs In Maritime is a unique job-site and recruitment service for jobseekers and employers, focused 100% on land and sea jobs created by maritime industries, to help drive forward economic growth and prosperity. Key sectors include international shipping, port operations and business services, marine engineering, renewable, fisheries, heritage, offshore oil, leisure and water-sports.