The presence of Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) is game-changing for Lowestoft in particular and East Suffolk in general. Cefas has world class expertise in marine science and technology, notably in relation to aquatic environments, biodiversity and food security and the Port of Lowestoft is home to the Cefas marine research vessel the ‘Cefas Endeavour’. It has already brought significant numbers of high quality jobs to Lowestoft and the opportunity to build on this is very important indeed. Cefas is currently investing in a £26 million extension and refurbishment programme to its existing base with long term aspirations to develop a marine cluster in this area.
Training providers in Lowestoft are well equipped to supply the workforce with the specialised training required to work in the marine sector. East Coast College is a leading provider of training and competence services to the maritime, offshore and energy industries, offering an impressive range of facilities at the Lowestoft campus including a Ships bridge simulator, a survival training pool and a training tower.
East Suffolk Council will support the marine sector by:
Forging stronger links to Cefas, perhaps with national agencies and bodies, and exploring how a marine cluster could be developed.
- Putting in place measures linked to skills, business support, networking and land and property to support it.