London Boat Show celebrates 10 years of showcasing careers opportunities in the industry as recruitment expected to rise

20 Dec 2016

The 2017 London Boat Show (6-15 January) is delighted to be marking the 10th anniversary of its Careers, Skills & Education Week at the event in the New Year. Having welcomed nearly 6,000 students over the past decade, the event is at the forefront of showcasing the very best the marine industry has to offer.

The sector now employs 31,600 people across 4,500 organisations including 470 apprentices from 100 businesses. The Show’s Careers, Skills & Education Week offers visiting students the chance to discover and explore the exceptional career development options, award-winning training and opportunities to spearhead innovation that are available.

Allan Davies, Training Manager for British Marine comments: “30% of the 4,500 marine businesses are expected to actively recruit over the next 12 months* offering a variety of career choices that could suit our students of today. The iconic London Boat Show is the perfect place to explore the full extent of the roles on offer within the sector. We need experienced, skilled professionals as well as school leavers and graduates to get involved in interesting and challenging work from superyacht deck hands to marine engineers.”

Allan concludes: “British Marine has made significant investment into highlighting the rich and diverse range of careers on offer within the marine industry. We launched our fantastic new Careers Campaign this year which includes a host of invaluable materials including toolkits, videos and job cards to support those looking to get ahead.”

Brian Martin, Head of Watersports at Cranmore School, West Horsley has been bringing students to the London Boat Show since Careers, Skills & Education Week first began. Brian comments: “The London Boat Show is a real highlight of the academic year for the young students of Cranmore School. Most have very little understanding of the wide range of opportunities that the marine industry has to offer. They are often amazed at the range of craft and equipment on display and the willingness of exhibitors to discuss their products and developments.”

* According to research recently released from British Marine. The data used in the Labour Skills report is drawn from quantitative surveys and in-depth interviews with over 400 companies and 600 employees from across the industry, as well as data drawn from British Marine’s annual economic research covering over 4,000 industry businesses.

To book your school’s place to visit the London Boat Show, please contact Tamsin Kirkpatrick at or visit

To find out more about British Marine’s Careers Campaign, please visit 

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