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Seafarers Awareness Week is the annual campaign coordinated by Seafarers UK - the charity that supports the maritime community - to raise awareness of Britain's dependence on seafarers.

Seafarers Awareness Week, 20-26 June 2016, will promote UK maritime job opportunities, at sea and ashore. It will also focus on increasing young children's knowledge of the UK's historic and ongoing dependence as an island nation on seafarers.

Building on the success of this year's awareness-raising campaign, which saw more than one hundred businesses and organisations supporting the annual initiative, Seafarers Awareness Week will publicise helpful sources of employment information, including Careers at Sea, Seavision and the Maritime Skills Alliance.

Bill Walworth, Chairman of the Maritime Skills Alliance said: 'The maritime industry these days is about high-tech equipment on sophisticated vessels, but Seafarers Awareness Week is our annual reminder that none of that counts for anything without the skills, training and commitment of the seafarer. In the Maritime Skills Alliance we do our bit to support seafarers, wherever in the wider maritime sector they work, by creating flexible qualifications and apprenticeships. We're natural allies for Seafarers Awareness Week and delighted to give the campaign our enthusiastic support.'

A parallel promotion will encourage UK primary schools to organise 'non uniform days', with children dressing up in nautically-inspired costumes. A new infographic will be created to appeal specifically to young children, showing how the UK is dependent on seafarers for vital overseas trade.

Reflecting the support provided by Seafarers UK to a diverse range of beneficiary charities, Seafarers Awareness Week will as usual be a 'pan-maritime sector' campaign, promoting the Royal Navy, the UK's commercial fishing industry, all branches of the Merchant Navy, inc. ferries and cruise ships, plus workboats and superyachts.

This year, the IMO Day of the Seafarer (worldwide) and Armed Forces Day (in the UK) both fall on Saturday 25 June, the latter when opportunities to serve in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines will be promoted.

In addition to intensive social media activity on Facebook and Twitter (@SeafarersWeek), for 2016 Seafarers Awareness Week will have a brand new website.

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