The gap between education and training of cadets – survey to inform round table discussion

High-level round table discussion to discuss the key issues

The IMarEST, together with Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) Singapore, is holding a high-level round table discussion to discuss the key issues surrounding cadet training and what the shipping sector needs from newly qualified personnel.

Chaired by Bob Maxwell, managing director of BSM Singapore, the event will discuss the gap between education and training of cadets and bridging this gap in terms of knowledge when making the step into industry for both the engineering and the deck career routes.

The survey will take no longer than three minutes to complete, and aims to gauge views from across the sector, in order to support our upcoming round table discussion.

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“We are determined to find out what the industry really thinks about these key issues, and invite those at every level to spend time completing the short questionnaire. The IMarEST will be publishing the results, and early indications will also be made available to those participating in our skills gap roundtable. Providing competent and well -trained cadets is of paramount importance to the sector going forward.” said Bob Maxwell, BSM Singapore.

Key personnel from leading maritime organisations within the sector will create a fruitful discussion on topics such as: how big the issue is, what the impact on shipping companies will be, what training is lacking, whether the quality of newly qualified crew is having an impact on the sector, and how the sector can attract talent.

“We have been delighted by the response that we have received so far which highlights the value of pulling a leading list of industry leaders together to support the next generation of marine professionals. We hope the discussion will provide some recommendations on how reduce the perceived gap between education/training and the provision of industry-ready cadets.” David Kelly, IMarEST's Director of Asia-Pacific.

The skills gap ‘invitation-only’ round table will take place in October 2016 in Singapore and has already attracted representatives of key organisations who between them cover shipping, naval and defence, academia and training. A white paper will be produced following the event. If you would like to be added to the distribution list, or for more information, please email your name, company, email and address to



The IMarEST is an international membership body and learned society that brings marine engineers, scientists and technologists together into one professional body. The largest marine organisation of its kind, it spans 128 countries and works to promote the scientific development of marine disciplines, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and expertise of marine professionals worldwide. Members are able to gain professional registration (such as Technician, Incorporated, Registered or Chartered status). Education is supported through the MLA, a subsidiary of the IMarEST Group that delivers distance e-learning. The IMarEST is an NGO with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), observer status at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, International Hydrographic Organization, the London Convention/London Protocol (LC/LP) and the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) and it has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). w: