Training is key says Brown

The British Marine Federation attended the Prime Minister’s Jobs Summit yesterday morning (Jan 12, 2009) to highlight the issues facing the leisure marine industry during the current economic downturn.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown convened a high-level gathering of business, union and political leaders from across the UK to look at initiatives to both protect existing jobs and create new ones for people who find themselves out of work. Rob Stevens, Chief Executive of the BMF, represented members at the meeting.
At the summit, the Prime Minister announced measures aimed at giving more intensive help to those out of work and further education or training for all school leavers.

Speaking after the meeting, Rob Stevens said:

“It is important and encouraging that the leisure marine industry, through the British Marine Federation, has a seat at the top business and political tables at this difficult time. As well as this meeting we are delighted that Business Minister Ian Pearson MP is coming to the London International Boat Show, which is providing a vital platform for the industry to showcase its quality during difficult times.

“There was much in the Prime Minister’s announcement that is positive for the leisure marine industry, particularly proposals to boost the Government’s commitment to training opportunities for people who find themselves out of work. In some areas of the country the leisure marine industry is desperate for skilled workers and we need to use this opportunity to encourage the development of long-term skills which would benefit individuals and the industry.

“As well as jobs and training, one area of remaining concern is how financial initiatives can be translated into direct and urgent help for small businesses, particularly within the regions, which are vitally important to the leisure marine industry. The BMF will continue to lobby Government to ensure that firms can get access to credit at fair terms to ensure the survival of otherwise viable businesses.”