SKILLSEA is a new EU- funded ERASMUS+ (Sector Skills Alliance) project aimed at producing a sustainable skills strategy for the 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 direct in the project processes and products. The four-year project work was started in January 2019.
The Eugenides Foundation participates as a key partner in the project and will be responsible for the development of strategies to identify and meet future skills needs for the maritime shipping sector.
For the implementation of the project, a Europe-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, a worldwide operating 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 have been committed to this challenging initiative of future proof skills for the Maritime Transport Sector. More specific, 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 operation and their effect on the industry’s skills requirements.
• provide educational packages for specified skills.
• develop guides for developing and implementing educational packages and on Business/Education partnerships.
• pilot the educational packages and assessment models developed.
• produce sustainable skills strategies for the maritime and related activities both at sea and ashore.
• develop a Viable Knowledge-Sharing Tool (portal) on Maritime Education and Training.
• mobilize and involve a wide range of Stakeholders direct in the project processes and products through networks, workshops and relative activities.
• deliver a roadmap (long-term action plan) towards a sustainable Skills strategy.
The project was launched with a two-day meeting in the presence of all partners, in Rotterdam, on 6-7 February 2019.
The “SKILLSEA” project is 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.