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Department for Transport written question – answered at on 25 October 2023.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department are taking to increase the number of women working in the maritime industry.

Photo of Richard Holden Richard Holden Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department is committed to increasing the number of women working in the maritime sector.

We support the Diversity in Maritime Taskforce’s Women’s Network focus on increasing the number of women in maritime and providing practical skills and advice through a range of initiatives, including a Menopause Hub; a Working Parent support group and increasing the representation of women through speaker and interview banks.

Furthermore, Maritime UK’s Careers Taskforce runs school-based initiatives such as the DfT-Merchant Navy Welfare Board funded Maritime Roadshow for Girls which promotes STEM and maritime careers to 11-14 year olds.

DfT also promotes women in maritime though participation in the International Day for Women in Maritime, celebrated annually in May.

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