MEF Launch Event 2016
Our introductions, the MEF is overseen by Board of Trustees that represent Nautilus International, the RMT and shipping companies.
Kathryn Neilson, Compliance and Marine Administration Manager at RCL Cruises, is the chair of trustees.
Steve Todd, National Secretary and Mark Carden, Assistant National Secretary represent the RMT. Mark Dickinson, General Secretary and Steven Gosling, Head of Strategic Development, are our Nautilus representatives.
Our shipping company representative are Guy Platten, CEO UK Chamber of Shipping, Cliff Roberts, the QSE Director at James Fisher Everard Ltd, and Nigel Lehmann-Taylor, Director of Maersk Crewing Ltd.
The purpose of this launch was for MEF trustees to showcase the work that we do in providing and supporting a wide range of UK seafarer education and training activities.
We aim to be a centre of excellence for seafarer training and industry support and we beige we are. But we want to do more, and we look forward to continuing our support to best spend MEF monies and put those monies – that came from the industry, back into the industry, to provide for more, well trained and highly motivated young people into the industry; to support existing seafarers in their careers; to support shipping companies to do more to train our next generation of seafarers; and to support industry organisations in their work, activities and projects.
“On behalf of Kathryn Neilson our MEF Chair who unfortunately cannot be with us today, I’d like to introduce the MEF Trustees who will explain about the funding opportunities that are available through the MEF to support UK seafarer education and training.
The MEF is the charitable body that is gifted monies from a company called the Maritime Training Trust – MTT. The MTT in turn gets its money from the payments made by companies that are in the tonnage tax regime, who may not be able to train the numbers of cadets – or ratings – that their core training commitment within tonnage tax requires them to do, at any particular time.”
” It is essential that we support out UK ratings in their jobs and careers, and support companies to employ UK ratings and to provide job and career opportunities to them.
First of all, we want to make sure that individual ratings are able to keep their STCW certificates up to date and have every opportunity of secure employment.
And secondly, we need to get new young people into the industry to help replace the ratings that are retiring and to provide a cadre of new talent to come and work in the industry. To support companies in offering these apprenticeships, the MEF will give a £4,000 bursary to the company for every rating apprentice they take on.”
“We can pay for the training needed to update STCW certification for unemployed officers, just the same as for ratings, and if other courses are needed to help with employability, the MEF can pay for them as well. And it’s the same easy, straightforward process through the MEF website.
Similar also to rating apprenticeships, the MEF pays for officer cadet training. Through training management companies, we sponsor around 50 cadets each year and have well over 100 cadets in training at any one time.”
“I want to be sure that MEF money is available to make sure that UK seafarer training, development, careers, and the infrastructure that supports all of this, is the best it can be.
So we will support maritime charitable bodies, maritime education and training establishments, and commercial or other maritime organisations that need some funding, along with their own, to kick start a project or various activities that will benefit UK seafarers and the UK shipping industry.”