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Marine jobs promoted

PUBLISHED: 14:10 29 August 2010 | UPDATED: 11:58 16 September 2010

A PROJECT has been set up to promote careers in the marine sector through schools and colleges in Great Yarmouth.

Skilled 2 Go is being run by Marine East which supports and promotes the commercial and leisure marine industry throughout the region.

A PROJECT has been set up to promote careers in the marine sector through schools and colleges in Great Yarmouth.

Skilled 2 Go is being run by Marine East which supports and promotes the commercial and leisure marine industry throughout the region.

Funded by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the aim is to provide careers information to young people and highlight the skills needs of businesses in the area.

Set up three years ago, Marine East includes leading representatives from the region's marine sector.

It is hoped that raising the profile of the opportunities in the marine industry will ensure Yarmouth is prepared to meet the expected growth brought about by new ventures such as offshore wind in the next few years.

Gary Williams is director of Marine East and Yarmouth-based E-Tech Group, which provides electrical services for the marine and offshore energy industry.

Set up in 1993 the company employs more than 200 people worldwide with an annual turnover of £25m.

Mr Williams said: “Many young people may not currently see working in the marine industry as an career option. However as it covers so many careers such as hospitality, engineering, boatbuilding, administration and much more, the opportunities are limitless.

“Great Yarmouth has a fantastic marine history and it is essential that this is recognised and supported for the benefit of future generations.”

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