The Maritime Skills Alliance (MSA) was established
in January 2004 and its founder members represent the Fish Catching
(Seafish), Ports (Ports Skills and Safety) and Shipping (Merchant
Navy Training Board) sectors. It followed the publication of an
independent study, which established that there was a unique Maritime
Footprint that would not be covered, by either Licensed SSC’s
or those in development at the time
Its Prime Purpose is “To work together for UK Maritime skills
- Promote and maintain the relevance of Maritime National Occupational
Standards for the sectors within the “Alliance”.
- Secure adequate levels of high quality education and training
provision through joint working where appropriate,
- Undertake assessments of the maritime labour market and emerging
- Help to raise the profile and perception of the Maritime
Sector through Sea Vision and other joint initiatives
- Develop common training and qualifications frameworks, based
on agreed standards and formal recognition through an accreditation
- Develop effective working relationships with the UK Commission
for Employment and Skills, relevant Government Departments and
agencies in the 4 Nations and appropriate SSC’s in the
Skills for Business Network to ensure that all skills needs
are being properly addressed
- Represent the Maritime Sector and champion its skills needs
at appropriate forums
Since its establishment the following organisations have become
members of the MSA
- The British Marine Federation in conjunction with the Royal
Yachting Association joined In January 2006.
- The Maritime and Coastguard Agency joined in September 2007,
reflecting its interests both as the UK Maritime Regulator and
as an employer of people requiring maritime skills and knowledge.
- The Royal Navy joined in May 2008
- The British Tug-Owners Association joined in June 2009
- The Association of International Maritime Institutions joined
in July 2009 as an employer of staff requiring maritime skills
- The Workboats Association joined in April 2010.
- The Company of Watermen and Lightermen and The Passenger
Boat Association become joint members in May 2010.
- International Jack Up Bargeowners Association April 2011.
- Royal National Lifeboat Institution June 2011
- Marine Society and Sea Cadets April 2012.