Shoreham Port are pleased to be part of a new taskforce established by Maritime UK, the industry body for the maritime sector, to address diversity, inclusion, and accessibility within the maritime industry. Launched today, Maritime UK’s new Diversity in Maritime programme will see the establishment of networks across diversity challenge areas, including the existing Women in Maritime Network plus two inaugural new groups, LGBT+ and Mental Health, which will build upon the structure of Women in Maritime established in 2018.
Launched in direct response to the government’s flagship Maritime 2050 strategy recommendations alongside the establishment of the new Maritime Skills Commission, the programme’s objective is to ensure that the sector has a continuous pipeline of highly skilled, diverse people across its shipping, ports, services, engineering, and leisure marine industries.
Maritime UK will today publish a new bespoke resource ‘HR Guidance for Recruiters’ as part of the programme, written following the analysis of hundreds of job adverts collated from across the sector. The resource highlights ways to tackle unconscious bias in recruitment, as well as the easy steps that can be taken to create a more conscious recruitment process. A series of webinars have also been launched to support individual professional development across the sector, including sessions on unconscious bias, how to excel on camera when working from home, and masterclasses on public speaking.
Nicky Goldsbrough, Director of Operations at Shoreham Port commented “Building on the successes of the Women In Maritime Taskforce, the new diversity programme will broaden our reach so that we can increase the accessibility of the maritime sector. As a member of the Diversity in Maritime Taskforce, Shoreham Port is wholeheartedly committed to building an employment culture that actively celebrates and supports diversity, at all levels, throughout our organisation, and the wider maritime industry.”
Maritime Minister Kelly Tolhurst commented "The Maritime sector offers an incredible variety of exciting roles and I want to make sure these fantastic opportunities can be accessed by everyone, helping the sector remain a truly fantastic place to work. By launching these new diversity networks, we are helping unlock the true potential of our workforce. With many more initiatives to come, I’m confident the industry will continue to develop a positive inclusive working culture as the Women in Maritime programme goes from strength to strength.”
To read more about the Diversity in Maritime programme visit the Maritime UK website: https://www.maritimeuk.org/programmes/people/diversity-maritime/