The Maritime UK awards, run by industry, for the benefit of industry, recognized the Solent LEP’s substantial contribution to the future of the sector. Working with industry partners such as GKN, BAE Systems, MHI Vestas, QinetiQ and the Royal Navy, alongside local schools, colleges and universities, the LEP has invested over £20m in world-class education and training facilities to support 5,000 new learners every year.
Brian Johnson, Solent LEP Chair, said:
“This year has been incredibly challenging for Solent businesses, and particularly for our Maritime sector which has felt the huge impact of international travel and other restrictions. Whilst we have been prioritising support to help businesses survive the immediate impact of the pandemic, we know our maritime sector have overcome challenges in the past and fully believe that the Solent will continue to be a world-leading marine and maritime economy in the years ahead.
“Ensuring our businesses have access to the skills they need across our local communities has been a long-standing priority for us and this has never been more important as we work to ensure we emerge from the pandemic with the best possible foundations in place for future growth and prosperity.”
Rachael Randall, Chair of the LEP’s Skills Advisory Panel, said:
“We are committed to developing a world-class talent base, helping people at all stages of their career building the skills they need to respond to new technology and drive an innovative knowledge-based economy.
“Our work will make a tangible contribution to maritime businesses and the prospects of our local communities for years to come and I am delighted that our pioneering activity across education, training or apprenticeship development, to help match available skills to the emerging and future requirements of the industry has been recognized nationally.”