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School leavers who are interested in careers in the maritime industry are being invited to take part in a series of webinars on the blue economy starting on Wednesday, August 19, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (AST).

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic which has pushed learning online across the region, this maritime webinar series will promote maritime education and job opportunities in shipping and logistics – one of the most important sectors in the Caribbean economy. 

It will also provide a unique opportunity for a CARICOM school leaver to earn a full-tuition scholarship to pursue maritime studies in the region.

The American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF), in association with the Caribbean Association of National Training Authorities (CANTA), and CARICOM Youth Ambassadors, will launch the Maritime Linkup: Beyond Borders Webinars on August 19, with subsequent sessions on September 9 and 23, and October 7 and 21. TVET Council Barbados is a member of CANTA.

The five-part webinar series, which focuses on connecting Caribbean youth with educational and professional opportunities in the maritime sector and blue economy, is free to students and educators. Participants are encouraged to register by clicking here.

The Maritime Linkup: Beyond Borders Webinars series will take place under the patronage of the Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey. The series will feature the top brass of some of the biggest cargo and cruise brands as presenters. 

They include President of Integra Marine & Freight Services/DP World, Captain Remy Vyzelman; President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, Michael Bayley; President of Caribbean Shipping Association, Juan Carlos Croston; Chairman MSC Cruises USA, Rick Sasso; and Retired Chairman of Tropical Shipping, Rick Murrell. 

Chair of CANTA, Pauline Whiteman, said: “This important opportunity to partner with the ACMF to plan, promote and deliver a series of webinars on maritime prospects for the youth of the Caribbean is historic.”

Commenting on the collaboration with Caribbean partners, ACMF President, Dr. Geneive Brown Metzger added: “The ACMF values the opportunity to work with CANTA and the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors, and looks forward to collaborating on other projects to engage more of our youth in this vital sector.”

The ACMF will fund a full-tuition scholarship, namely the ACMF CANTA Scholarship, which is to be awarded at the final webinar on October 21. 

The recipient, who must have attended the first three webinars, may study at one of the ACMF academic partners – the Caribbean Maritime University in Jamaica or the University of Trinidad and Tobago. 

The ACMF CANTA Scholarships application may be downloaded at the ACMF website.

TVET Council Barbados

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