Director of Merchant Navy Training Board and Newport local set to receive an OBE for her work
PUBLISHED: 11:01 20 June 2017
Buckingham Palace will welcome the director of the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) - Glenys Jackson, from Newport - as part of the Queen's birthday honours this year.
Mrs Jackson, who has been working as director for the last 10 years, will receive an OBE for her work in recruitment, training programmes and career promotion – something she says took her by complete surprise.
“I found out about six weeks before the announcement. It was a bit of disbelief. Keeping it quiet was alright but the last week was agony – I was so desperate to tell someone,” she said.
Mrs Jackson used to work as a primary school teacher before moving into education consultancy, and eventually the UK Chamber of Shipping where she has been for the 17 years.
Her work includes making sure that seafarers receive quality training and qualifications, as well as promoting careers in the Merchant Navy with a brand she started from scratch called Careers at Sea.
“What does the Merchant Navy mean to a young person? Who understands it; because it’s not a term regularly used. I felt we needed a brand to promote the careers. That means we have a much better opportunity to reach young people and reach into schools,” she said.
“I gave a talk at the Joyce Franklin Academy, in Newport, about my job and apprenticeships about 18 months ago, so it’s about making a career that no one really knows anything about seem more real and alive.”
As well as inspiring young seafarers, Mrs Jackson has also been responsible for updating the maritime National Occupational Standards and rewriting the MNTB Training Record Books for trainees.
She has also been instrumental in developing course criteria documentation to meet seafaring regulatory requirements, and in establishing electro-technical officer training programmes.
“I think the thing I like most about my work is how interesting the whole sector is and the people we work with. We work with a range of organisations in a very collaborative manner.
“It can be a challenge at times trying to get an agreement on training programmes, but it’s hugely interesting and satisfying.”
Mrs Jackson is expected to be awarded her OBE at Buckingham Palace in the next six months, and said it will be “very exciting”.