The accredited ‘Maritime Futures’ training programme dedicated to young people in Hull has attracted further funding.

Hull Maritime Foundation, a charity dedicated to supporting Hull Maritime, has been awarded £75,000 in charitable funding from the Trinity House. This is in addition to the £75,000 awarded in 2021 to develop the training and deliver the first three cohorts. This brings the total investment to £150,000.

Maritime Futures is a recognised training programme to offer young people aged 16 - 25 the opportunity to gain the qualifications they need to assist them in starting a career at sea.

In the first year of delivery with three cohorts, at least 75 per cent of those completing the programme have secured employment because of the training.

Delivered by East Coast Maritime Training, on behalf of Hull Maritime, the Hull City Council and National Lottery Heritage Fund project to transform the city’s maritime treasures, the three-week intensive course is designed to support those who are looking to start their career in the fishing industry or other offshore sectors as well as making Hull’s maritime history relevant to young people.

Over the next two years, the ‘Maritime Futures’ programme will offer 100 young people aged 16 - 25 and the unemployed the chance to complete the recognised training with the aim of 75 per cent of those going on to secure employment within 12 months of completion.

Lord Chris Haskins, Chairman of Hull Maritime Foundation, said: "We are delighted to have received this further funding from the Trinity House.  Their continued support means the delivery of the course is secured, offering the city’s next generation a hands-on opportunity to gain qualifications which can lead to employment in the maritime sector, whilst learning about our rich heritage.”

Captain Ian McNaught, Deputy Master of Trinity House, said: “We are pleased to be able to make a grant from Trinity House’s Maritime Charity—with funds provided by the Department for Transport - to provide young people in Hull with the qualifications needed to start a career at sea as well as support in applying for permanent jobs in the marine sector.  The Maritime Futures programme has done enormously well to achieve its 75% employment rate, and it is good to see that participant numbers are increasing in a community shaped by its long-standing relationship with the sea.”

All funding secured by Hull Maritime Foundation currently supports Hull Maritime to deliver its ambitious plans to create one of the best maritime experiences in the UK. The significant grant will contribute towards the £2.6m funding gap to support the wider project.

There are seven courses still to run until 2024 and the next one is expected to take place in July 2022. To apply for future courses or further information visit maritimehull.co.uk

The Hull Maritime project, funded by Hull City Council and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, encompasses the redevelopment of five historic sites in Hull city centre: the transformation of the Grade II* Hull Maritime Museum and the Dock Office Chambers, the creation of a new visitor attraction at the North End Shipyard and the restoration of two historic vessels, the Arctic Corsair and Spurn Lightship.

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