A youth perspective on the Greek shipping industry

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The survey examines the younger generation’s perceptions of the shipping sector. The key finding of the survey is that, despite the high levels of unemployment in Greece, the majority of young people feel detached from the shipping industry and do not find the prospect of employment there attractive. The study concludes with a series of detailed proposals, which if adopted and acted upon by all concerned parties, could allow Greek youth and the shipping industry to leverage the significant and mutually beneficial opportunities that exist.

"At a time when our country is facing the huge challenge of unemployment, reconnecting youth with the Greek naval tradition is of vital importance. It is also critical that young people reposition themselves with regard to the present state of the shipping industry, and vice versa. It is clear that the Greek DNA contributes significantly to Greek excellence in the industry, so we need to give young people in Greece direction and perspective. Meanwhile, in view of recent technological developments and the growth of companies involved in the administration and management of the commercial fleet worldwide, attracting exceptional talent has become crucial for the viability of shipping companies. There is a substantial human capital in Greece which today is seeking its fortune abroad. This human capital could instead be seeking employment within the Greek shipping sector, which appears as the most dynamic, extrovert and internationally competitive sector of the Greek economy”.

Yannis Pierros, EY Transportation Leader for Central and Southeast Europe

 

The study concludes with a series of detailed proposals, which if adopted and acted upon by all concerned parties, could allow Greek youth and the shipping industry to leverage the significant and mutually beneficial opportunities that exist.

 

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