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Technology and Innovation in UK Maritime Call- Funding opportunity

In January 2019 the government published the ambitious Maritime 2050 strategy, setting out a long-term vision for the future of the UK maritime sector. The maritime sector is likely to undergo significant changes as technology revolutionises the way the sector operates and environmental concerns create new and more stringent requirements for the maritime industry.

The Department for Transport (DfT) is keen to continue to engage with industry to promote the development of technological innovation in UK maritime. For this reason, the DfT is launching a call of £1M called the Technology and Innovation in UK Maritime Call. The call will fund innovative solutions within mid TRL (TRL 3-7) to demonstrate potential applications for innovative technology or for proof of concept of new ideas in this field. £1M is available for competition, which administered by MarRI-UK.

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A Simple Guide to the Apprenticeship Levy for UK Maritime Industries

Did you know?

  1. The apprenticeship levy was implemented on 6th April 2017, to support the Government’s commitment to improving productivity by increasing the quantity and quality of apprenticeships and their commitment of 3 million apprentices by 2020
  2. All UK employers in the public and private sector with a pay bill of £3 million have to pay 0.5% on their annual pay bill into their levy fund
  3. From April 2019, the Government implemented two changes to the apprenticeship levy:
    • They increased the amount Levy payers can transfer of the unused levy fund to non-levy paying companies from 10% to 25%, which can be used to pay for training and assessment of new starters
    • They decreased the contribution non-levy payers have to pay for apprenticeships standards from 10% to 5%
  4. The Government will waive the co-investment requirement if you employ less than 50 employees and the apprentice is 16-18 years old or an eligible 19-24 year old (formerly in care or have an education and health care plan)
  5. If you recruit a 16-18 year old apprentice you will also receive a £1,000 incentive payment.  Paid in two halves at 3 and 12 months
  6. Apprenticeship are open to everyone, whether you are a school leaver, improving your current skill set or looking to retrain and start a new career

Sue Potter set up SPotter Talent as a consultancy with a vision to create learning cultures within business, and a mission to motivate, inspire and empower people to do things they never thought were possible.

With over 10 years’ experience in leading apprenticeship programmes, Sue is a strong advocate for apprenticeships, and wants to spread the word to non-levy payers that they can tap into the levy funding.

If you would like to find out how Sue can help your business, get in contact with her via email: info@spottertalent.com, telephone 07486 073844 or via her website www.spottertalent.com

MBNA Thames Clippers turns 20

Proof that London should make more of the River Thames in its transport strategy. MBNA Thames Clippers has been on an incredible journey over the last two decades and come such a long way since they transported their first passengers back in 1999. This year they celebrated their 20th anniversary year and have grown to carry over 4 million passengers annually. Sean Collins, CEO and co-founder of MBNA Thames Clippers says: “I’m excited to celebrate Thames Clippers’ 20th anniversary and showcase how much the business has evolved from when it first started. I couldn’t be more proud to say that from that first day, two decades ago, when we operated with just one vessel, carrying 80 people from Greenland, we now carry 4.2 million passengers annually, and boast a fleet of 19 vessels with an extended network of 22 piers from East to West, plus more in the pipeline.

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