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Crisis meeting on fewer maritime students

Crisis meeting on fewer maritime students

22-09-2017 13:00:00

The cooperation must be strengthened in the maritime professions on the programs to ensure a greater intake of students. The number of young people looking for maritime education is dropping and that was the background for a meeting between the various actors from maritime education.

"It is very good to gather a wide range of players at the same table. It is imperative that we get a nuanced and informed discussion on the reality of things and that we stand together on the future course. In the schools, we often only sit with each our part of the overall picture. Therefore, it is beneficial to hear input from all parties so that we get the full picture of the maritime food chain. This is a good basis for further cooperation," said Pia Ankerstjerne, director of MARTEC at the meeting yesterday at Danske Rederier.

The figures for admission this year of new students in maritime education have shown a decrease over previous years once again, although the decline was less than assumed. It decreased by 1,7% while the search fell by 6,9% compared to 2016.

"The collected figures show a smaller decline than initially assumed, which is certainly positive. However, there is no doubt that competition for the students is tough and that we can face a challenge in the long term. Therefore, we must prioritize enhanced cooperation in the profession of education - we must continuously develop them to ensure relevant education and career opportunities," says Anne Windfeldt Trolle, Director of Danske Rederier.

"We are currently experiencing a shortage of unscheduled Danish ship assistants in our sector, and therefore increasingly need to look abroad. There are good job opportunities in the Blue Denmark, and the Danish seafarers are skilled so we need to accelerate the education of talented youngsters," said Nick Ørskov, Head of People/HR at the offshore shipping company Esvagt, who participated in the meeting.

Source: Danske Rederier / Maritime Denmark

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