On the occasion of the first International Day for Women in Maritime, A.P. Moller – Maersk’s (Maersk) on May 18 announced India’s first seafarers’ cadet programme dedicated to women. Young women who wish to choose a career in seafaring can enroll for the programme facilitated by AMET, Chennai, after completing their high school (10+2) and choose between the three-year Bachelors in Nautical Science or the four-year Bachelors in Engineering degree courses.
By promoting women to take up these courses and ensuring that they get access to the right academics in the right environment, Maersk is truly committing itself to improve Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) in the long run.
By 2027, Maersk aims to increase the proportion of women among the fresh cadets inducted to 50% from a baseline of 7.6% in 2021. To achieve this ambitious target, Maersk is creating a talent pool of women seafarers through this programme. Therefore, the company has partnered with AMET, Chennai, to roll out a unique cadet programme that will offer appropriate opportunities necessary for honing the technical and social skills required to launch women into the profession.
This programme will ensure infrastructural advancements at the facility that are suitable and desirable for residential female students, undertake cultural enhancement that takes care of a psychologically and physically safe environment, and implement a vigilant administrative practice at the educational institute.
Maersk will play an active role in providing constant care to the students enrolling for the programme through regular visits to the facility, one-on-one interactions with students, direct contact with Maersk representatives, and several other initiatives.