For some time now we have held a conviction that like lawyers and doctors success in the marine field also requires a professional approach to a maritime career. Today we see that investment in training and development of marine professionals has lagged demand enormously and there is now consensus that there will be a worldwide shortage of qualified sea going personnel and downstream shortage of suitably experienced candidates for related industry jobs from pilotage through to surveying . Ultimately an attractive and rewarding sea career should see individuals who want to make their career at sea prepared to fund ( to some extent) their own training,
We have moved to use the maritime network to set-up a self-supporting system for young professionals .
The key in supporting young professionals from all over the world is setting-up new training concepts in cooperation with training facilities on shore and berths for practical training on board commercial ships.
We believe in the empowerment of young talents to take responsibility for their own training . Essentially the Student Empowerment Facility is a financial back-up system for young professionals. The young professional is able to choose and finance his personalized education program.
From an educators point of view you know too well that increasing enrolment at the shore based end is only half the solution- obtaining end to end training and sea time for professional is critical to a the individuals success in the industry.
The facts are that the following factors exist:
· Global shortage in qualified personal.
· A pool of young people who would like to work in the maritime
· Existing high quality shore-based training-facilities for
theoretical and practical training ( Such as AMU)
>From an Australian perspective with 35 vessels flying the Australian
flag and very little representation in Ship Ownership Australian students access to sea going berths is drastically reduced , At the same time internationally the bottlenecks to satisfying the demand are :-
· Funding system for young students without collateral.
· Preselecting process standard for students ( Reducing Wastage
· Lack of training berth for practical training on board ships (
Access to timely training berths)
· Trainer access for students during their practical training on
board ships ( Ensuring Training Standards and reducing lead time to
We look to Industry , institutions and individuals who share a common interest in the development of personnel for the Marine Industry .