Futureproof Skills for the Maritime Transport Sector (ongoing)
SKILLSEA is a new EU-funded ERASMUS+ (Sector Skills Alliance) project aimed at producing a sustainable skills strategy for maritime and related activities, both at sea and ashore.
The project will identify and analyse the current and future skills needs and gaps for the maritime shipping sector and will provide educational packages for specified skills. A wide range of stakeholders will be involved directly in the project’s processes and products. The work for this four-year project started in January 2019.
The Eugenides Foundation is participating as the Work Package 3 [WP3] leader of the project and is responsible for the development of strategies to identify and meet future skills needs for the maritime shipping sector. More specifically, in the framework of the WP3, the Eugenides Foundation will set up the structure of the strategic plan for the development of the skills strategy. The WP3 leader will explore publicly available statistics, research data and information obtained from partnerships and from external institutions and stakeholders in order to develop strategies for maritime professionals, MET and the anticipation of future skills needs for the maritime labour market. The entire process will be facilitated by an online platform of cooperation that will function as a viable knowledge-sharing tool for actors, stakeholders and end-users. The strategies will contribute to the skills which are expected to have a significant impact on innovativeness, competitiveness and growth of the EU economy and the maritime shipping industry by focussing on the current and future trends of the sector’s skills in order to meet present and imminent challenges.
For the implementation of the project, a European-wide consortium was established by the industry’s recognised social partners, the European Community Shipowners’ Associations [ECSA] and the European Transport Workers’ Federation [ETF]. The project coordinator is the STC Group, an international educational and research institution for the shipping, logistics, transport and process industries, based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Twenty-seven (27) institutions (education and training providers, social partners, national maritime authorities) from sixteen (16) European countries are committed to this challenging initiative of future proof skills for the maritime transport sector. In particular, the SKILLSEA project will:
- identify and analyse the current and future skills needs and gaps for the maritime shipping sector;
- map out technological developments in ship operations and their effect on the industry’s skills requirements;
- provide educational packages for specified skills;
- develop guides for creating and implementing educational packages and for business/education partnerships;
- pilot the educational packages and assessment models developed;
- produce sustainable skills strategies for maritime and related activities, both at sea and ashore;
- develop a viable knowledge-sharing tool (portal) on maritime education and training;
- mobilise and involve a wide range of stakeholders directly in the project processes and products through networks, workshops and related activities;
- deliver a roadmap (long-term action plan) towards a sustainable skills strategy.
The SKILLSEA project is being implemented under the Erasmus+ Key Action 2 (Sector Skills Alliances) of the European Commission. This action envisages the development of transnational partnerships in the maritime sector, with the aim of establishing a sustainable skills strategy for maritime and related activities, both at sea and on land.
For further information, please visit www.skillsea.eu.