Stellamar has thrown its support behind a brand-new awards scheme recognising the best of the UK’s maritime sector. The company, which specialises in employment solutions for the maritime sector, says the move is part of its bid to help forge new standards for employment in the industry and ultimately address the skills gap.
We are pleased to announce that Stellamar is sponsoring the Employer of the Year category at the The Maritime UK Awards - Solent 2019, that we are organising.
The Awards will be the first truly national maritime awards in the UK, organised by industry, for the benefit of industry. The inaugural event will take place in Southampton on 19 September, following our successful drive for the first awards ceremony to be held in the Solent.
Stellamar's managing director Alasdair MacMillan says it is important in driving standards forward: “Given the critical nature of the skills shortage within the UK maritime sector, and with the war for talent growing, being seen as an employer who goes the extra mile will be key to attracting talent that will ultimately help businesses to grow,”
“It’s for this reason we see this particular award as perhaps one of the most important of the night. By recognising employers who raise the bar we’re encouraging others to follow suit and pushing standards across the whole industry.”
Ben Murray, Director at Maritime UK, said: “We’re thrilled to have Stellamar on board for the first ever Maritime UK Awards. As Alasdair says, awards help to share best practice and drive standards even higher across the industry. Stellamar’s support is helping to make that happen.”
Kevin George, one of our Business Directors added: “We’re excited that the inaugural awards will take place in the Solent region and it simply wouldn’t be happening without the input from businesses like Stellamar."
Kevin, who is also the Chair of the Board for Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight ferry operator continued: "We’re extremely grateful to the company for its support. It’ll help us shine a spotlight on the Solent’s maritime sector, which plays a key role in supporting the UK economy.”
Entries are already coming in thick and fast for the Maritime UK Awards, which are open to companies from across the breadth of the maritime sector including its shipping, ports, services, engineering, and leisure marine industries.