The annual Falmouth Marine School Marine Industry Day attracted over 200 students from local colleges and universities this week.
Supported and held at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, the event is part of the Marine School’s ongoing commitment to bring an increasing number of employers in to help design relevant courses as well as to talk to students. The day is designed to give students a chance to get an insight into the range of career areas, as well as specific jobs available in the Marine Industry.
On Wednesday 15th December, students from Falmouth Marine School, UCP Marjon, Truro College and pupils from Pool Community College and Cape Cornwall School arrived at the museum to listen to talks and speak to the 21 exhibitors present.
Representatives from across the marine industry both local and national were present including: Sunsail, Neilson, the Royal Navy, the RNLI, Unlocking Cornish Potential, Pendennis, Elemental UK Watersports, Cornwall Marine Network, Princess Cruises, The British Marine Federation, Connexions and Aim Higher.
The companies gave talks and were available from 10-3pm to talk to students about what they do, where they are based, what they look for in their staff as well as job opportunities. Students were then given the opportunity to fill out application forms and some were interviewed on site for those companies looking for highly qualified and appropriately trained staff to start work next summer.
Steve Bowens, Course Area Manager, Ocean Science at Falmouth Marine School said: “What a fantastic day. It was great to see all the students formally turned out with their portfolios and questions about the industry. The Marine Industry is in desperate need of well qualified and trained staff to work both in Cornwall and abroad. All the organisations who came along found the event hugely beneficial and I am getting lots of interest from other organisations who would like to come along and be represented. It’s great that so many organisations are working closely with the College to ensure we are providing the training which they require for employment within the sector.”
The continued success of the Industry Day means that next year the Marine School hope to make it an even bigger event, attracting even more students. Falmouth Marine School would like to thank everyone at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall for their help in running such a successful event.
Dave Linnell, Principal of Cornwall College, commented: “It is great that the Industry Day was such a success. As well as helping students find employment it strengthens our ties with industry both locally, across the country and internationally.”