Posted: October 2, 2015
Building on the success of this year’s awareness-raising campaign – which saw more than one hundred businesses and organisations supporting the annual initiative – in 2016 Seafarers Awareness Week will promote maritime job opportunities, both at sea and ashore, and will also focus on increasing young children’s knowledge of our industry with the theme of the week being ‘Maritime Jobs for Future Generations’
We will use Seafarers Awareness Week to publicise helpful sources of UK & Irish employment information, including Careers at Sea, the Maritime Skills Alliance and Seavision. And in a parallel promotion, Seafarers UK will be encouraging primary schools to organise ‘non uniform days’ – with children dressing up in nautically-inspired costumes.
NMCI Services will once again be taking part in Seafarers Awareness week so if you’re interested in joining our campaign please email our Marketing Executive Helena: Helena.email@example.com
More information will follow shortly, so please save the date 20-26 June 2016 and add the logo above to your website to show your support.
And please don’t forget to follow and interact with their social media – Twitter (@SeafarersWeek) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/SeafarersAwarenessWeek).
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Life at sea has always appealed to those who want to combine travel with a challenging career offering exciting rewards. This is the life for those who relish the challenge of working with the sea.
The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) is set to open it’s doors to the public for the annual College Open Day on October 22nd. From transition year students, to leaving certificate students to teachers and parents, the NMCI will be brought to life on the day. The college will open from 10:00 until 15:00 where members of the public will have an opportunity to tour the state of the art facilities at the NMCI, a $100million dollar facility, Europe’s leading Maritime College.
If you think a Maritime Career is for you then this is the day where you can find out about the different degree courses which are on offer at the NMCI. Whether a B.Eng. in Marine Electrotechnology, B.Eng. in Marine Engineering or a B.Sc in Nautical Science peaks your interest you will have an opportunity to find out about each of the courses on the day. As Ireland’s designated centre for the education and training of personnel for the Merchant Marine, NMCI can provide you with the education to get started with a career at sea. Want further details on each of our degree courses? Click here.
A recent study by Drewry estimates the current officer supply to be 610,000, representing a shortfall of 19,000 personnel. This shortfall is forecast to rise to 21,700 by 2018 given that there will be a requirement for an additional 38,500 officers by this time. This highglights the shortgae of seafarers and confirms the need for recruitment and training well into the future to meet international needs. This demand for seafarers means that those who graduate from the NMCI are in demand amongst the Industry. As there is a placement element amongst these courses we have partnered with key industry leaders to give our students seagoing time. A number of our industry partners will also be present on October 22nd to discuss employment opportunities with students.
If you believe a Maritime Career is for you then why not visit us here at the NMCI on October 22nd. Take the journey with the NMCI.
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Posted: September 29, 2015
The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) in Ringaskiddy was the place to be on Friday September 25th as they welcomed over 150 attendees to the annual Irish Maritime Forum. The Irish Maritime Forum which was both hosted and organised by the NMCI looked at “Success through Synergy – an innovative and dynamic approach to the future”. An event which welcomed both organisations and maritime professionals operating in the broad Maritime Industry in Ireland.
The event was officially opened by John Mullins (Chairman, Port of Cork) before Simon Coveney, Minister of State for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and Defence took to the stage to discuss the importance of the Maritime Industry to Ireland’s economic recovery and how “solutions to a number of the World’s great challenges will come from the sea”. Having recently attended the Ploughing the Minister mentioned how “SeaFest (Maritime Festival) will become to maritime what the Ploughing Championships are to agriculture”.
Setting the scene for the speakers Fergal O’Brien (IBEC) spoke about the Irish Economy and how we have gone from boom, to bust to recovery, before Liam Lacey, Director of the IMDO, took to the stage to discuss Ireland’s maritime potential, trends in the international shipping industry, and the Irish Tonnage tax system.
Jonathan Healy, MC for the event, then interviewed five key industry leaders in a Maritime Skills Panel Discussion; Rory McGuire (Flagship Management), Conor Mowlds (Head of College), Kevin Richardson (President of the International Harbour Masters Association), Captain Dave Elliott (Arklow Shipping) and Cormac Gebreurs (Head of Halpin Centre for Research & innovation). The Maritime Skills panel discussion looked at the shortage of skilled personnel in the industry, what issues face the industry in terms of finding the right personnel, and how new legislation is affecting the industry in terms of recruitment.
Paul O’Regan (Harbour master, Port of Cork) kicked off the Port Sector by speaking about “Irish Ports – Gateways for sustainable Logistics growth or potential bottlenecks”, before Captain Kevin Richardson (IHMA) took to the stage to examine the role of the Harbour Master. Captain Harry McClenahan then took centre stage where he looked at “working together to deliver berth to berth e-navigation services” with a focus on the Rolls Royce e-navigation system. We then welcome Jane O’Keeffe, Logistics & Supply Chain course coordinator at the NMCI, who spoke about “Issues facing the extended Maritime Sector in respect to impacts of, and adaptation to climate change”.
The Offshore & Renewable Sector (Sponsored by Irish Mainport Holdings Ltd.) saw Prof. Conchúr Ó Brádaigh examine the prospects for “Marine Renewable Energy” while Tommy Furey from Infomar will looked at “Mapping our Maritime Future” which lead into the Marine Tourism & Leisure Sector where Dr.Connie Kelleher discussed the numerous shipwrecks sites on Irish Coast. Fiona Buckley , Head of Experience Development with Fáilte Ireland, then spoke the strategy to maximise the economic growth cruise tourism across the island of Irelan
After lunch the speaker who caught the most attention would have to be Dave Ward, Commercial Service Manager with Commissioner of Irish Lights, who was joined by his colleague Ethna Murphy, who spoke about the Great Lighthouses of Ireland. Dave spoke about the role CIL are taking in the development of all island Lighthouse Tourism Project which looks at Securing and Protecting Lighthouse Heritage while stimulating local economic development and employment in coastal communities. I think it’s fair to say that every attendee now wants to stay in a lighthouse.
Check out some of the snapshots taken at the event below.
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Posted: September 17, 2015
The 2015 Irish Maritime Forum will take place at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) in Ringaskiddy on Friday, September 25th, and will be officially opened by the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, TD. The forum will look at the ocean of opportunities that exist within the sector and concentrate on the key drivers that are set to change the sector in the future.
“The themes of this year’s conference, “Success through Synergy – an Innovation & Dynamic approach to the future” is something that goes to the very core of the NMCI’s business model” says Conor Mowlds, Head of College at the NMCI “Our growth and success over the last years, both here and abroad, has been based on working closely with business partners, clients, and stakeholders, to determine what the market needs and responding to it effectively. In its very essence, supporting the College the country wants, by providing the College the country needs.”
The 2015 Irish Maritime Forum is aimed at both organisations and professionals operating within the broad maritime industry in Ireland. It will begin with an overview of the industry by Fergal O’Brien (IBEC) and Liam Lacey (Director of the IMDO) and will also feature a Maritime Skills Panel Discussion which will discuss the need for skilled personnel within the maritime sector. Cpt. Paul O”Regan, Harbour Master for the Port of Cork, will present “Irish Ports – Gateways for sustainable logistic growth … or potential bottlenecks” and Cpt. Kevin Richardson, AFNI, will discuss the critical role of the harbour master in a successful port business. Other highlights include Jane O’Keeffe, Logistics & Supply Chain course coordinator at NMCI, discussing issues facing the extended maritime sector in respect of, and adaptation to, climate change.
The 2015 Irish Maritime Forum ,“Success through Synergy – an Innovative & Dynamic approach to the future” will provide maritime professionals with an opportunity to gain insight into the current industry obstacles and future industry plans. Attendees will have an opportunity to question key industry leaders on their plans and how they approach obstacles they are faced with. The Forum will also highlight key areas where synergies need to be developed in order to put Ireland at the forefront of the Maritime Sector, worldwide.
Further details via: www.irishmaritimeforum.ie / 021-4335736
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Posted: September 15, 2015
SEFtec NMCI Offshore, in conjunction with the Cork Education Training Board, will be running a 9 week Seafaring Safety skills course at the National Maritime College of Ireland. The course will commence on October 19th and is suitable for those wishing to change careers paths, get back to work or to up skill. A maritime career is one where adventure and different daily experiences are a given. This course will give you the skill set needed to enter into a maritime career.
The Maritime sector is a growing industry which has been referred to by Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine and Defence Simon Coveney, T.D. as being on “an unstoppable voyage of marine expansion”. The enormous potential of our incredible marine resource highlights the opportunity for work in the sector. Minister Simon Coveney, T.D. has proclaimed that our marine resources will be a key driver in our economic recovering, providing social and cultural benefits as well as economic return for Ireland.
If you’re looking for something different then a maritime career may just be for you. This nine week course will include STCW Courses which is timely as these tickets will need to be refreshed before January 1st 2017. Other modules will include: Induction, General Ship Knowledge & Seamanship, Coastal Navigation, Food Safety and Hygiene, PST,PSSR,FF,EFA, Applications Software, Career Planning and job Seeking Skills, and Job Seeking. This free course could be the start of your journey into a maritime career. Please contact Brian at CETB for further information: 021-4856379 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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