Vacancy: ‘Recruitment of a Secretariat for the Maritime Skills Alliance’

Reference: IAMI-114 Date Posted: 12 November 2021

Institution:Maritime Skills Alliance
Start Date:31 March 2022
Job Description:

Role: MSA Manager

Reporting to: MSA Management Board through its regular meetings and the Chair as required on a regular basis.

Principal duties:
• Providing secretariat services to the MSA Management Board and Maritime Qualifications Board (which meet quarterly on the same day). Meetings are normally in central London. This entails preparing agendas, drafting papers, organising venues and catering, drafting meeting notes and following-up agreed action.
• Providing secretariat services to the Maritime UK’s People and Skills Forum as a central part of the MSA’s Memorandum of Understanding with Maritime UK. In conjunction with the Forum’s Chair (the Chair of the MSA) the Secretary drafts the agenda, arranges meetings (currently quarterly), prepares a meeting note and (in conjunction with Maritime UK) publishes it.
• Providing secretariat services on similar lines to ad hoc working groups, in particular apprenticeship Trailblazer groups.

Responding to enquiries from members and their contacts, and supporting them through their own meetings, currently including the Merchant Navy Training Board as an Observer, and the Fishermen’s Training Project Group as a member (both meet three times a year).
• Horizon-scanning to identify developments relevant to members’ interests, providing briefings on opportunities and threats, and making beneficial connections.
• Identifying opportunities to enhance the range or quality of maritime apprenticeships, qualifications, or other standards.
• Maintaining relationships with Government and Government agencies, particularly the Department for Transport, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, and Skills Development Scotland. The Manager has represented the MSA and wider maritime interests at the Department for Transport’s Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce which will shortly become the Transport Employment and Skills Taskforce (perhaps four meetings a year).

Managing relationships with Awarding Organisations, particularly the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
• Promoting the MSA externally, in writing and as a speaker.
• Providing information on Maritime Studies Qualifications, maritime apprenticeships, National Occupational Standards, and related matters through the MSA website, our monthly e-newsletter, and social media.
• Proposing an annual budget to the Management Board, monitoring income and expenditure, managing the MSA’s bank accounts (current and deposit), and arranging and overseeing the preparation of the MSA’s statutory accounts. (The MSA is a company limited by guarantee).
• Identifying potential funding opportunities and submitting proposals.

Maritime Skills Commission
• The current post holder is a Commissioner with the Maritime Skills Commission (MSC) . The successful candidate will take this place subject to agreement with the Chair of the MSC

How to Apply:To apply for this role please e-mail Bill Walworth Chair of the MSA on with your CV and a covering letter.

The closing date for applications is 3 December 2021. Interviews will take place on 6 January 2022.