Early on, following the demise of British Ship Builders, the Maritime Foundation initiated a training scheme for shipyard apprentices, and conducted research into the education and training British maritime industries needed to compete globally. 25 years on, this work needs to be revisited.
In 1994, after the abolition of the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service, the Foundation created the Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS). Over 30 MVS units with a fleet of training craft now operate around the coast, keeping maritime skills alive and providing training to recognised standards of seamanship. Each Unit works closely with its local community and provides emergency support in times of need.
The Maritime Foundation has long supported the valuable work done by all the sea training organisations in getting young people to sea and learning the basis of the nautical disciplines from experience.
Maritime Studies in Schools
Maritime Studies in Schools builds on previous projects. In cooperation with Seavision UK, it aims to promote careers in the maritime sector by creating a series of downloadable modules. It also plans to produce films that can be used on school visits and in career guidance for school leavers.