Recognition of Qualifications in the Maritime Sector – Post Brexit

Event Date:
Start at 5:00 PM
February 18, 2021

The end of the Transition Period means some significant changes for maritime qualifications. The automatic recognition which applied when the UK was a member of the EU has finished, with differing implications for STCW certification, regulated qualifications (such as those for naval architects) and non-regulated qualifications like those issued by the RYA.

Iain will explain what has changed, what’s known for sure and what’s still uncertain.

As Iain is a Commissioner with the new Maritime Skills Commission, which started work in July 2020, he will also introduce the Commission, explain where it fits in, where it has put its effort so far and its plans for the future.

About the Speaker

Iain Mackinnon is the Secretary to the Maritime Skills Alliance, a UK-wide body funded by its members who work together primarily to create and promote flexible qualifications and apprenticeships.

He has spent almost all his working life in the skills field, mostly at the point where Government works to encourage businesses to act. He joined the civil service after graduating, working in both field management and national policy roles, including a spell in the Secretary of State’s office, then ran a Government training agency and a training charity, and since 1999 has run his own consultancy. He joined the MSA in 2013, and in 2020 was also appointed a Commissioner with the new Maritime Skills Commission.

From 2005-10 Iain chaired the board of a large college of further education in London, and from 2010-17 he was a non-executive director with Pearson Education Ltd, which runs the Edexcel exam board.