MEF and WISTA UK form strategic partnership, including sponsorship of five female cadets


On the eve of International Women’s Day, the Maritime Educational Foundation (MEF) and the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association UK (WISTA UK) announce a strategic collaboration to promote diversity and inclusion within the maritime industry.

The two bodies say their partnership represents a significant step forward in supporting maritime education initiatives while also fostering an environment that encourages the participation of women in various sectors of the maritime industry. By combining their expertise and resources, both organisations seek to empower individuals, particularly women, to pursue careers in maritime-related professions.

MEF, renowned for its commitment to providing sponsorship opportunities for UK cadets, funding updating training for unemployed seafarers and providing funding support for companies training Apprentices brings a wealth of experience in supporting maritime education and career development. Through its initiatives, MEF has continually demonstrated its dedication to nurturing the next generation of maritime leaders.

WISTA UK is a member of WISTA International the global organization dedicated to advancing women in shipping and trading, holds a crucial position in fostering gender diversity and inclusiveness within the maritime sector. With members in over 59 countries, WISTA International provides a platform for networking, knowledge-sharing, and professional development opportunities for women across the maritime spectrum.

The collaboration will involve a joint initiative to offer sponsorship to five female cadets selected by WISTA UK and fully funded by the MEF. By leveraging their combined strengths and networks, both organizations aim to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for women within the maritime sector.

“We are excited to partner with WISTA UK in our shared mission to promote excellence and diversity within the maritime industry,” said MEF Chair Cliff Roberts, of the Maritime Educational Foundation. “By working together, we can amplify our impact and provide even greater opportunities for women to excel in maritime careers.”

Monica Kohli (pictured, right), President of WISTA UK, expressed her enthusiasm about the collaboration with the Maritime Educational Foundation, stating: “This strategic partnership marks a significant milestone in fostering maritime excellence and promoting diversity within our industry. By joining forces with the Maritime Educational Foundation, WISTA UK is committed to creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for women at sea.

“Together, we aim to empower individuals, especially women, to pursue rewarding careers at sea, advancing both education and career development. This collaboration exemplifies the strength that comes from collective action in addressing challenges and seizing opportunities within the maritime industry.”

The collaboration between the Maritime Educational Foundation and WISTA UK underscores the importance of collective action in addressing the challenges and opportunities facing the maritime industry. Through their partnership, both organisations are committed to driving positive change and shaping a more inclusive future for the maritime sector.

Cadet training management company Ship Safe Training Group have been selected to manage the training of the five female cadets on behalf of the MEF and WISTA UK.