A huge shortage of seafarers is predicted over the next 5-10 years, meaning competition will be fierce for trained and competent workers. Labelled the ‘War for Talent’, the lack of available trained staff is likely to cause a hike in salaries and companies falling over themselves to attract applicants and fill vital roles.

BIMCO, the Baltic & International Maritime Council, the largest of the international shipping associations, conducts a 5 yearly study in conjunction with the International Chamber of Shipping. The result is a comprehensive survey of supply and demand for seafarers across the world’s merchant fleet. Their findings, detailed in the latest ‘Manpower Report’, released in May of this year, make for grim reading for maritime recruitment.

The report predicts that the current shortfall of 16,500 (2.1%) is set to rise dramatically by 2025 to a dearth of 147,500 skilled workers. There is in fact a steady increase in the numbers training in the maritime industry, but this is being hugely outpaced by demand. Bad news for shipping companies across the globe, but potentially great news for those considering a maritime career. In addition to great financial bargaining chips, the advantage for the applicant is likely to be an attractive benefits package, rapid progression and training incentives. Companies are clinging on to experienced and skilled staff for all they are worth, but the reality is they will eventually retire and someone has to fill their shoes.

Maritime Training Academy runs a diverse range of courses, targeting specific skills, including: Technical Ship Management, Ship Building & Repair, Port State Control and LNG Shipping. This is the perfect time to invest in training; completion of an industry recognised course gives an individual a distinct competitive edge for successful placement. Employers confirm that our students come to them with a rounded skillset in their field and a proven level of knowledge and competency. They also require far less basic training, meaning they can quickly get to the tasks at hand and launch straight into their chosen role. Furthermore, our diplomas can open doors for continued study and higher attainment. The University of Portsmouth accept an MTA diploma as part of a portfolio of evidence of prior learning, to access a place on their work based degree program.

Your first step in helping to address this skills shortage and securing a promising and rewarding career in the maritime industry starts here. Our courses offer a comprehensive grounding in a number of highly valued skills. Maritime Training Academy prides itself on the support it gives students from first contact, throughout the period of study and post diploma in seeking employment or further education. Take a look at our website for the details of our diverse portfolio of diplomas.