A skills-link provided by Mersey Maritime through an initiative called
Workforce Development, which is funded by the Learning Skills Council
Greater Merseyside, has helped to forge vital partnerships between local
businesses and education and training providers. It is enabling companies to
up-skill their workforce and has already seen one maritime company move into
new areas of production.
Fifty six SME's (small and medium enterprises) in the region who were
looking for education and training for their workforce have been linked to
the Birkenhead-based Laird Foundation
, which has become a regional centre of
excellence for Marine Engineering. It also offers courses for general
and construction sectors.
One of the first companies to benefit from the skills-link is DFW logistics,
which specializes in the repair and refurbishment of steel freight
containers and asked Mersey Maritime for help in sourcing training for their
The company has arranged for their apprentice welders to attend a day
release course to broaden their skills, a move that will in turn create
further jobs and additional apprenticeships, allowing the company to expand
its work into the construction of canal barges.
Mersey Maritime's business development director, David Pendleton said: "It's
all about networking. Having researched all of the work that takes place on
either side of the river we can act as a single reference point for those
seeking information and were glad to assist them. Promoting stories like
this is really helping to raise the profile of maritime industry excellence