Proper training and education underpins the specialist expertise found at every level of the maritime industry. Employers simply cannot afford to hire staff with no understanding of the intricacies of the complex maritime environment. Without that knowledge base, whether based on an academic qualification, on-site experience, or continuous professional development, the shipping industry would not be the success story that it is today. There are hundreds of institutions around the world that offer maritime education and training in various guises. While some focus on training for seafarers, others offers school leavers a chance to specialise in the industry while more still give those already employed in the shipping industry an opportunity to learn more about sectors different to their own. While there is no obligation to have a maritime-related qualification to pursue a career in the shipping industry, more and more companies are selecting candidates with that extra lead over less qualified candidates. When in the job, some maritime companies offer training packages to complement a career path, while others will offer support, either with time off or financial assistance, to help employees to improve their knowledge of the industry.