North-East maritime businesses join Maritime UK’s Diversity in Maritime initiative, pledging to work towards transforming their businesses to be more diverse and inclusive
The Maritime UK initiative, Diversity in Maritime, was launched in 2020 with the aim of promoting a fair, equal UK maritime industry that is inclusive for all to create a supportive and open working environment. It includes four sub-initiatives – Women in Maritime, Mental Health in Maritime, Pride in Maritime and Ethnicity in Maritime.
Recently, Maritime UK welcomed the Tees and Hartlepool Port Users’ Association (THPUA) and other leading North-East maritime businesses into the fold as they joined the pledge for Women in Maritime and Mental Health in Maritime. By signing the pledges, the companies have committed to improve the mental health and wellbeing of their organisations and promote gender diversity from within.
Different times, different expectations
It takes more than an attractive pay package and good staff benefits to retain talent. The workforce of the future would be looking at having a good and diverse working environment in order to feel satisfied enough to stay.
As the Chair of the THPUA Garry O’Malley says, “Whether working in roles at sea or ashore, the maritime and shipping sector remains a fascinating industry to be part of, but we certainly need to raise its profile in order to attract more young people and make it more inclusive.”
Nikki Sayer, Director of Casper Shipping who signed the pledge on behalf of his company, was also looking at the long-term advantages of transforming his company’s culture, “There is no doubt that our industry is changing with new technology and ultimately new roles. To future proof our industry, we need to attract new talent from across the UK to full these new positions. Casper Shipping is proud to be part of this initiative which we hope will help us all attract new highly skilled talent from a diverse group of people.”