Kathryn Neilson appointed Maritime Skills Commissioner
Kathryn Neilson, Director of the Merchant Navy Training Board, has been appointed a commissioner on the Maritime Skills Commission (MSC).
The MSC was established to examine careers in Maritime and how to plug training gaps for those working in the industry.
Commenting on her appointment Kathryn Neilson said:
“I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed a commissioner on the Maritime Skills Commission. The MSC has a vital role in expanding training and lifelong learning for those onshore and at sea. To continue to be a world leading maritime nation we need to attract the brightest and best talent and provide them with the skills to thrive and I look forward to doing everything I can to support the MSC.”
The Commission's goal is to understand the existing and future skills needs of the industry both on land and at sea, attract more people to the sector, ensure career progression, and future-proof training for the 220,100 people already working in the sector – including the 27,000 employed at ports around the country.
The Department for Transport first announced the Commission in its Maritime 2050 strategy in January 2019 and the Commission will report jointly to the Maritime Minister and to Maritime UK’s National Council.
Announcing the appointment, Head of the MSC Graham Baldwin said:
“I am delighted to Chair the Maritime Skills Commission and lead a group of highly skilled, diverse Commissioners to ensure that the maritime sector is equipped with a continuous pipeline of talented people and resources. Over the past few months, I have undertaken a robust mapping exercise to ensure the MSC has coverage across the five maritime industries covered by Maritime UK and it is great to have representation from Kathryn with her knowledge of seafarer education and training.“