On Tuesday 12th September 2017, James Troop & Co Ltd were invited by Mersey Maritime to join a panel of leading figures within the Maritime Industry to discuss “Investing in a Connected Future”.
Louise Minchon of BBC Breakfast hosted a series of panel sessions that focused on three key areas of innovation, skills, and connectivity. Each topic had a panel of speakers from different market positions including SME’s, university professors and international companies such as Siemens. The panelists discussed recent investments, future plans of funding and what industry figures think are issues that need to be addressed, as well as taking questions from the audience.

The event was attended by James Troop’s Managing Director of Operations, Robert Pollock and Business Development Manager, Sean Dignam who was one of the speakers on the ‘Talking Skills’ section of the event. As representatives of the marine engineering sector, we highlighted the shortage of young upcoming skilled engineers to the industry which we believed was due to a number of reasons.  One of the reasons we put to the education sector was the attitude of young people towards engineering and the age at which engineering courses or opportunities are being offered. To combat the issues, we encouraged universities, as well as government figures, to provide engineering earlier in education curriculum in order to generate interest and for engineering to be offered in a more meaningful manner, rather than as a final alternative for students.

Following the discussions on innovation, skills, and connectivity, audience feedback was in complete agreement in that the industry will face difficult scenarios, in particular, engineer availability and the diversification of skills unless the overall attitudes of leading figures and government are not altered.

James Troop & Co Ltd are very proud to be have been selected to represent SME’s for the marine and industrial engineering sectors at this event. We’d like to thank Mersey Maritime for our invitation and their continued support.