The London & South East National Maritime Development Group

About the London & South East National Maritime Development Group

The Thames & Channel National Maritime Development Group at the National Maritime Training Centre, North West Kent College, represents a maritime 'cluster' of more than 4000 businesses, employing 105,000 people, with a turnover of £5 billiion per annum.

They promote and develop excellence in all maritime related activities in the region and to represent the interests of existing and new members who offer a wide range of capabilities from primarily eight key sectors; International Shipping, Port Operations and Business, Marine Engineering & Renewable Energy, Fisheries, Heritage, Offshore Oil, Water-sports and Leisure.

The group has been formed through the commitment of private and public sector partners across the region with a shared vision to build a strong partnership network that best uses partner's expertise and experience to offer the best solutions for the sector whilst driving local skills and employment opportunities.

The group meets on the last Thursday of each month at various venues through the region and welcomes all business, large and small, from across the London, Essex, Kent and Sussex areas of the Thames Gateway, Estuary and Channel corridor.

The annual membership fee is £100 + VAT.

Price for breakfasts are £12 + VAT for Members and their paid-for guests and £15 + VAT for non-members.

Notes: The National Maritime Training Centre at North West Kent College is a leading provider of maritime education and practical training, providing up to date equipment and expert training using dedicated classrooms, a Fire Training ground and Thameside jetty.  Located at North West Kent College's Gravesend and Thameside campuses, it provides flexible training opportunities for individuals and companies in the Maritime industry.


Held the last Thursday of every month including guest speakers. The group welcomes all businesses from across the London, Essex, Kent and Sussex areas of the Thames Gateway, Estuary and Channel corridor.

Please see below for details of forthcoming breakfast meetings OR News updates and other events taking place.


Suceed in the Global Economy - Discover more about International Opportunities for the Marine Sector.

Supporting companies who have the ambition and capacity for growth, this joint NMDG and UKTI business breakfast will help you to discover more about the international opportunities for growth and investment in the marine sector.  We shall hear from Mark Hamson, UKTI International Trade Advisor about how this Government department  helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy and assists overseas companies to bring their high-quality investment to the UK.

Held at SusCon in Dartford, Kent, this venue will be providing a hot buffet breakfast.

Date: Thursday, 24 September 2015

Time: 8.00am

Venue: Suscon, Dartford, Kent

Price: £18 - £24

Further details and booking information.

London International Shipping Week

Seen as the ‘must attend’ event in 2015 for the global shipping industry, London International Shipping Week will bring world shipping together for one week.

With a wealth of industry functions planned for the week, London International Shipping Week will be the high level networking opportunity of the year for leaders across all sectors of the international shipping industry – regulators, charterers, ship owners, ship managers, lawyers, brokers, bankers, insurers, ship suppliers, ports and shipping service providers and all involved in the shipping world. A major event of the week will be the one-day LISW Conference and Gala Dinner, to be held on Thursday 10 September. The Conference will be held at the spectacular Willis Building in the heart of the City of London, where industry leaders and top government speakers will focus on London at the heart of maritime.

Date:   7 – 11 September, 2015

Venue:  The Willis Building, 51 Lime Street, London

Price:  Free

Further details.


National Maritime Skills Gap Group to be created for the Thames and Channel Region

The National Maritime Development Group (NMDG) is to create a National Maritime Skills Gap Group for the Thames and Channel region.  A task and delivery group that will help encourage joined up thinking across the wider maritime industries, share information about labour and skills requirements and seek to form consortiums to design appropriate training interventions.

Securing a closer working relationship between academia and industry, the group will make recommendations on how they can work together to link personal, workforce and community development to help build the sustainable growth of the maritime sector.  This group will help support economic strategy and address some of the persistent economic challenges that the regions coastal and estuarine communities face.

The group will be led by an NMDG FE, HE or training provider partner and will feed directly into the NMDG and its Chair Group.  If you have an interest in being part of the National Maritime Skills Gap Group and the primary maritime industries sectors within the region:

  • International Shipping
  • Port Operations & Business Services
  • Marine Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Renewable
  • Fisheries
  • Heritage
  • Offshore Oil
  • Leisure & Water-sports

 Please email:


National Maritime Development Group in partnership with Havering College of F & HE and Jobs In Maritime, launches Maritime Traineeship in response to business need, sector growth and skills shortage

In response to maritime business need, sector growth and skills shortage within the Thames and Channel region, the NMDG Maritime Traineeship has been developed to attract capable people keen to pursue a seagoing or shore side career in maritime.

The Maritime Traineeship will help businesses within the region to maintain their capacity to grow, drive public and private sector investment, and also meet project skills and employment needs.

Training is work-based over a 12 week period and provides an excellent grounding in maritime, helping to address the lack of knowledge and experience that young people often have in the workplace, whilst meeting the expectations levels of employers.

Working in partnership with Havering College to deliver a regional programme, the NMDG has designed a high quality maritime traineeship, that can suit the needs of maritime businesses and any future job roles via their preferred method of working. Within the programme delivery, trainees will follow a pathway option suitable to the need of the employer and meeting the industries minimum technical requirements. For example, trainees may undertake work experience in marine engineering, port and terminal operations, business services, historic vessel restoration and achieve STCW and Working in Confined Space accreditation, if required by the employer.

The maritime traineeships will allow businesses to bring enthusiastic young people into their business from local communities, helping them to develop succession plans, through the development of loyal and talented workforces mentored by established staff members.

The Maritime Traineeship is free to employers and gives businesses a period of 3 months to determine a candidates suitability. Furthermore, if you are then aware that you will be employing the candidate, you may also be eligible for an Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of £1500, if the apprenticeship route is your company’s preferred option.

If you can offer a guaranteed job interview, or have a job vacancy within your company andcan provide a traineeship to an unemployed 16-24 year old, with workplace supervision for a 12 week period, then please contact us to find out more: 

FEBRUARY NEWS 2013 - The Online Job-site for the Maritime Sector

The National Maritime Development Group would welcome your support of the new Jobs in Maritime online job-site for the Maritime sector that launches on Monday 4 March 2013:

A unique maritime job-site allied to the National Maritime Training Centre, North West Kent College, Job Centre plus and developed in partnership with the highly successful recruitment team at the Learning Shop, Bluewater, which is used as a frame of reference by the National Skills Academy for Retail, Jobs in Maritime will be a portal of access and activity for maritime employers and recruitment agencies to ensure that recruitment remains at the centre of the maritime delivery strategy.

To find out more about how the Jobs in Maritime job-site could work for you or to advertise and promote your business, please contact


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