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£15.4 million funding boost for English fishing industry

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers, today (24 October 2019) delivered a boost for the English fishing and seafood industry ahead of Brexit by opening applications for £15.4 million from two UK fishing funds.

The £14.7 million share of a £37.2 million UK-wide fund announced last December, will encourage the take up of innovation and technology, supporting jobs in coastal communities. In addition, £700,000 from a £2 million UK-wide fund announced in the 2018 Budget is ring-fenced for fishing safety improvements on board English vessels and around ports and harbours.

English fishermen and those working in the seafood sector will today be able to apply for a share of the new Maritime Fisheries Fund (MFF), which is designed to ensure the fishing and seafood industry continues to thrive once the UK leaves the EU on 31st October.

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UK floating wind ‘worth £33.6bn by 2050

The floating offshore wind sector in the UK can deliver almost £34bn in economic benefits by 2050, according to a new report by RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables.

The report – ‘Floating Wind: The UK Industry Ambition’ – says that the technology is necessary for the UK to reach its legally-binding net zero carbon emissions target by 2050 and to fulfil Scotland’s commitment to achieve this by 2045.

The industry estimates that floating wind can support 17,000 UK jobs by 2050, particularly in coastal communities in England, Scotland and Wales.

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Museum Ship-Keeping training opportunity

Practical Traineeships for 12 Months
Bursary Payment: £12,000 per annum

We are looking for people who are passionate about a career working in maritime heritage to take part in a unique project. This traineeship is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn and develop the traditional skills for maintaining, conserving and interpreting historic vessels. During the year you will have the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of environments, including maritime museums, traditional operational boats and working boatyards. Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and in partnership with eight host organisations, this programme is ideal for someone seeking a career as a maritime curator, ship-keeper or conservator

We welcome applications from all and particularly encourage women and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups who are currently under-represented within the historic ships and heritage sector. Submissions are also sought from those aged 18-30, although candidates from outside this range will still be considered.

No experience is necessary, just good communication skills, a flexible approach and the ability to work as part of a team. Above all, you must have interest in a long term career in the maritime heritage sector. So if this sounds like you visit our website for more information and to apply, or please contact us at shtp@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

Closing Date: 0900, Tuesday 7th May 2019
Starting: October 2019

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