£1.2M marine career boost

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Hundreds of young people in Cornwall will benefit from a new £1.2 million EU scheme to raise awareness of marine careers and improve job prospects into the sector.

Cornwall Marine Network (CMN) has been awarded the substantial trans-national contract, which will design a common model between French and English partners to steer young people living in coastal regions towards future marine careers.

The Channel Marine Academy project will be led by CMN and its objectives will be achieved through a range of initiatives including building relationships between employers and schools, and mapping and developing vocational training frameworks.

Lucy Harris, CMN’s strategic executive and manager of the Channel Marine Academy, said: “This latest project is a great opportunity to further build relationships between marine employers and schools, raise awareness about marine careers among young people living by the coast, and build on the range of industry-related training.”

The Channel Marine Academy will be funded by the European Regional Development Fund’s Interreg IVa programme and will work in partnership with two other marine organisations along the English Channel regions, plus its French counter-parts in Brittany.