UCLan vice chancellor to chair new Maritime Skills Commission

Professor Graham Baldwin, the University Central Lancashire’s vice-chancellor, has been appointed chair of the Maritime Skills Commission.

The new project has been launched to better understand the existing and future skills needs of the industry both on land and at sea. It will futureproof training for the 220,100 people working in the sector, including for the 27,000 employed at ports around the country. 

Graham is himself a third-generation mariner, his grandfather worked as a trawlerman out of Fleetwood. 

The new role will begin in the coming months, bringing together leading maritime experts to report on the changing needs of the industry, make recommendations and ensure its workforce has the talent it needs for today, the next 30 years and beyond.

He said: "I am delighted to have accepted the prestigious position of chair of the Maritime Skills Commission, a core element of delivering the Maritime 2050 Strategy.

"All parts of the maritime industry are critical to the future of the UK and I am excited to be able to contribute to its continued success."

All parts of the maritime industry are critical to the future of the UK

Nusrat Ghani, the government's maritime minister who oversaw the appointment, said: "Professor Baldwin is already well respected by the industry and has gained experience in the sector from around the world and I believe his expertise will be an invaluable asset to the team.

“The Commission will play a crucial role in ensuring our industry is equipped with the brightest talent, support and resources to further enhance the UK as a world maritime leader.”

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