Maritime Futures Workshop - Skills

  • Published:25 Sep 2018
  • Last updated:20 Aug 2020
  • Address
    30 Park Street
    SE1 9EQ

  • Date
    23 Nov 2018


The Maritime Futures programme is seeking to understand the future shape of the UK maritime sector through the exploration of a broad range of drivers of change, ascertaining which areas will have the greatest impact. Then, having formulated a vision of what the future holds, the programme will establish what the sector needs to do to respond to and capitalise on such a scenario. Change factors that the programme will examine include urbanisation, water, climate change, convergence, demographics, food, oceans, poverty, energy and waste. The initiative will also make use of existing research, like the UK’s Government Office for Science’s Foresight project regarding the future of the sea, and outlook projects led by Maritime UK members — for example, British Marine’s futures project or the British Port Association’s.

The futures programme will start by focusing on future skills and then move on to other areas. The output from each workshop will help inform those that follow. The workshops will invite participants to identify the drivers for change for the UK maritime sector, pinpointing which change-causing factors will have the largest effect on industry and determining the potential extremes of that impact. From that, the participants will determine the main areas of opportunity for the future.

Future Skills Workshop

Attendees will be asked to:

1) consider the top three challenges faced by maritime people and their skills
2) to identify priorities
3) and to assess likely impacts

Objective: The workshop will seek to understand the future skills and people challenges arising from the Fourth Industrial Revolution and develop a ‘Futures agenda’ for the Maritime UK People and Skills Forum.

Output: In addition to creating the futures agenda for the People and Skills Forum, a summary report will be produced, shared with government and form part of Maritime UK's 'state of the maritime nation' report.

Programme sponsor

The Maritime Futures programme is being sponsored by BMT. BMT is a leading international design, engineering, science and risk management consultancy with a reputation for engineering excellence. We're driven by a belief that things can always be better, safer, faster and more efficient.