PLA OPEN DAY – RIVER THAMES CAREERS AND TRADE FAIR – WEDNESDAY 16TH JULY: The National Maritime Development Group (NMDG) and The Port of London Authority (PLA) are again joining a drive to encourage jobseekers to look to the River Thames for their career and give thirty two Thames-based companies the opportunity to promote their services and to develop local supply chains. The Open Day will be hosted at the Port Authority’s Gravesend navigation and marine services bases on Wednesday 16th July and is open to businesses, jobseekers and those in education. Earlier in the morning the NMDG will host their latest group meeting at the PLA’s Royal Terrace Pier followed by a networking buffet lunch. For more information or to reserve your places on the day’s programme or to exhibit, contact :
SEAWORK INTERNATIONAL – TRADE VISIT & NETWORK LUNCH : TUESDAY 10TH JUNE 2014, ABP PORT OF SOUTHAMPTON: The National Maritime Development Group (NMDG) are again undertaking a supported visitor programme to Seawork International 2014, the largest and fastest growing commercial marine and workboat event to be held in a European working port. With the focus clearly on applications and solving problems, Seawork attracts over 520 exhibitors and 7327 visitors from all over the world. Travel from North Kent by executive coach to Southampton, including a network lunch: NMDG partners £30 + vat, non-partners £35+ vat. To reserve your place contact :
BE PART OF THE NATIONAL MARITIME SKILLS GAP GROUP: The National Maritime Development Group (NMDG) is to create a National Maritime Skills Gap Group for the Thames and Channel region. A task and delivery group that will help encourage joined up thinking across the wider maritime industries, share information about  labour and skills requirements and seek to form consortiums to design appropriate training interventions.Securing a closer working relationship between academia and industry, the group will make recommendations on how they can work together to link personal, workforce and community development to help build the sustainable growth of the maritime sector. This group will help support economic strategy and address some of the persistent economic challenges that the regions coastal and estuarine communities face. The group will be led by Ann Komzolik, Executive Director, National Maritime Training Centre and will feed directly into the NMDG and its Chair Group. If your company or organisation is interested in being part of the National Maritime Skills Gap Group and operates within the primary maritime industries sectors of the region please email:
PROMOTING THE INTERESTS OF THE SECTOR IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TRADE ASSOCIATIONS/ORGANISATIONS: Supply chain development and the sustainable growth of estuarine and coastal communities are the two key priorities of the NMDG. As part of a National strategy, the group is to establish regional maritime development groups across the UK. The first development group is currently being piloted within the Thames and Channel region. The Thames and Channel NMDG, is the largest maritime ‘cluster’ in the UK, representing more than 4000 businesses, employing 210,000 people and generates £5bn of UK GDP. The National Maritime Development Group (NMDG) promotes the interests of the maritime sector by feeding into processes at local, county, regional and national level, supporting those maritime trade associations/organisations, whose primary role is to lobby Governments, Parliaments and International Organisations to promote the interests of the sector.

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