ALL HANDS ON DECK – the Italian Multiplier Event of the project

On the 13th of April 2022 CEIPES hosted the Multiplier Event of the ALL HANDS ON DECK project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme, project number (2019-1-ES01-KA204-065201), KA2 – Strategic Partnerships for adult education.

AHOD project tries to recover and connect the traditional techniques and methodology of shipwright job position in every maritime area, one of the oldest jobs in Europe, to adapt them to train it on the new times and produce the tools for training adult people in this job position.

In line with the European Agenda for Adult Learning (ET2020) it is necessary to give more opportunities to possible career transitions in case of long-term unemployment. At the same time, some professions such as shipwright are growing in some parts of Europe, and a replication in other countries is expected, because wooden shipbuilding is more environmentally friendly, and expert shipbuilders are highly requested in all maritime areas. Traditional shipbuilding craftsmanship is however forgotten or being taken over by other materials and techniques, although it represents an art of working with wood and an opportunity to preserve the traditional cultural heritage of European marine areas.

During the event, the different results obtained during the life of the project were presented:

IO1, Digital repository of traditional shipwright knowledge and techniques. This result recovers and displays the carpentry of ships by generating a digital repository of documents about shipwright from the past to the present in the six European Maritime Regions (Inter-Mediterranean, Atlantic arc, Baltic, North Sea, Balkan & Black Sea and Islands). The repository is online and free to access and use by any professional, researcher or trainer.

IO2, Training course for shipwright in every maritime area. The training course is designed in such a way that it enables adult professionals from various industries such as furniture, woodworking, upholstery etc. to improve their knowledge about shipwright techniques. The course is suited to the particular level of knowledge and needs. It is implemented in an e-platform compatible with smartphones and tablets and available in English, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Polish and French language.

IO3, Mentoring course for adult learners. Lastly, the collected knowledge is combined into a training-for-trainers course that is suitable to secure the inter-generational transfer of knowledge and spread the immaterial heritage of shipwright also to the younger generation, using modern technologies. 

AHOD is an important initiative to protect valuable craftmanship knowledge of Europe’s cultural and labour heritage that is about to vanish. Shipwright has an important impact from local to national and European level and represents a main opportunity to conserve immaterial cultural heritage and at the same time capitalize it for new employment opportunities to professionals in related wood-based industries and professions.

Thanks to the innovative perspective adopted by the project and to the passion which has been transferred to the participants, public raised their awareness on the accessibility of shipwright job to young people and got interested on the activities implemented during project activities.

To learn more about the project, please check the official project website, the Facebook pageLinkedIn and YouTube channel .

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