The UK marine sector is a vibrant and growing sector, operating across a broad range of disciplines, including marine equipment, commercial and military ship design, leisure craft design and manufacture, offshore renewable energy and marine science. Internationally-recognised for its engineering excellence, it relies heavily on a key resource - a well-trained and experienced workforce that will help the industry develop even faster as part of an ever-growing international industry.

The UK marine sector provides almost limitless career opportunities for people with the right skills and motivation. There is a continuing need for technologically-qualified and experienced staff with expertise in areas such as design, manufacturing and project management, as well as those with the excellent trade and craft skills that remain at the heart of the UK marine sector’s long term success.

Companies in the sector not only need people with existing skills, but also provide outstanding opportunities for people to train and develop their skills even further - through their working lives. A number of UK universities and colleges provide teaching and training courses to suit a variety of career interests - ranging from trade and craft skills right through to design engineering and research.


Careers Advice

The national on-going campaign to enthuse the young people of today about the maritime opportunities of tomorrow

Skills Development Scotland 
Scottish government agency providing career advice and services

Talent Retention Solution
Career guidance and opportunities for those with existing skills

Career Transition Partnership and Regular Forces Employment Agency 
Career advice and guidance for those leaving the UK armed forces who are seeking civilian employment. Also for employers looking for a skilled workforce.


Universities and Colleges

Newcastle University

University of Southampton

University of Strathclyde Department of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering

Anniesland College  

Carnegie College

Cornwall College

Southampton City College 

The Plymouth University Technical College

Maritime Studies

Warsash Maritime Academy 

City of Glasgow College

Lowestoft College

South Tyneside College

Blackpool and The Fylde College

Professional Bodies

Royal Institution of Naval Architects

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology

UK Naval Engineering Science & Technology

Global Maritime Job Sites

Jobs in Maritime

Spinnaker Global