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CMN – the ‘Killer Statistics’

  1. On average, every single working day the CMN team has existed since we started supporting members in June 2005, we have either created a new job or helped an unemployed person into work (total 3,000 + 687)
  2. On average, every working day the Cornwall Marine Academy has existed since 2008, our members have provided marine careers advice to 15 young people (total 35,000)
  3. Every £1.00 of project funding won by CMN and spent on helping our members to grow (total £30 million) has produced £10.50 of added value to Cornwall’s economy (£315 million)
  4. CMN has delivered skills training to more than half of the entire marine sector workforce (more than 7,500 employees gaining new skills)
  5. CMN has assembled an army of 100 volunteer Marine Ambassadors from member businesses who provide careers advice to young people at all 32 Secondary Schools in Cornwall

Did you Know?

  • Cornwall’s coastline is the longest in England and stretches over 433 miles.
  • No Cornish town or village is located more than 18 miles from the sea.
  • There are 48 ports, harbours and coves in Cornwall that support a diverse range of functions including fishing, ship building/repair, trade and leisure
  • The marine and maritime sector in Cornwall has more than doubled in size over the last 14 years. This period of rapid growth coincides with CMN’s existence and the dedicated support we offer to strengthen economic growth within the sector
  • There are 855 marine businesses in Cornwall, 99% of which are micro, small and medium-sized companies (Marine Innovation and Growth Project, 2018)
  • 92% of marine businesses are located in clusters around 6 key ports: Falmouth / Penryn (42%); Penzance / Newlyn (12.4%); Padstow / Wadebridge (11.2%); Fowey / Par (12.1%); and Isles of Scilly (11.3%).
  • A total of 12,500 jobs are linked to the maritime sector in Cornwall (Propel 2016).
  • In addition to paid jobs, there are around 1,100 volunteers who provide support as Beach Life Guards, Children’s Sailing Trusts, the RNLI, etc.
  • In Cornwall the marine and maritime sector offers attractive economic prospects with an average salary above the Cornish cross-sector average (Propel 2016).

Marine Training

  • Cornwall and Isles of Scilly already has strong foundations in training and education for maritime industries.
  • Education and training provision is available from taster sessions, work placements and pre-apprenticeship programmes delivered by Cornwall Marine Network and its Cornwall Marine Academy to young people up to the age of 25 in partnership with marine employers through to Levels 2-8.
  • Key providers include Cornwall Marine Network, Falmouth Marine School and the Cornwall College Group, Truro and Penwith College, the University of Exeter and the University of Plymouth (Cornwall and Isles of Scilly response to Maritime 2050 Consultation).
  • The training provision includes marine engineering, boat building, marine biology, watersports, marine renewables as well as cross-sector skills such as business administration, management and leadership, etc.
  • The sector is recruiting and looking for more young people to enter the workforce as marine employers in Cornwall continuously report difficulties recruiting suitable staff.
  • Future training demands will include the ongoing development of the marine leisure industry and marine engineering and enabling flexibility for deployment of skills across related sectors.

Sector Breakdown (2018)

Percentages of marine businesses per sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (December 2018):

  • Leisure & tourism – 16.73%
  • Boatbuilding, maintenance & repair – 15.37%
  • Manufacturing / Fabrication – 11.15%
  • Training, education & community – 9.05%
  • Retail – 8.80%
  • Engineering – 8.80%
  • Transport & distribution – 5.33%
  • Surveyors – 3.10%
  • Ports, harbours & moorings – 2.97%
  • Energy (Renewables) – 2.48%
  • Technology – 2.48%
  • Other – 2.35%
  • Design/naval architecture – 2.35%
  • Boatyards (storage) – 1.86%
  • Health, safety, environment & conservation – 1.61%
  • Subsea – 1.36%
  • Media / Production – 1.12%
  • Construction – 0.87%
  • Shipbuilding, maintenance & repair- 0.50%

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