The European Commission has selected six 'blue career' projects for funding under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
The new 'blue career' projects will receive a total of EUR 3.45 million will work towards enhancing career opportunities in the maritime economy. The project address different areas of adult learning such as upskilling, work-based learning, vocational education and training and entrepreneurship.
The ‘blue career’ projects shortlisted for funding are as follows:
BBMBC: A Blue Biotechnology Master for a Blue Career
BBMBC will launch an Applied Blue Biotechnology Master II. The Master course will be co-designed with industry and focused on blue biotechnologies. It will provide knowledge and skills for jobs in the health, nutrition and aquaculture domains and will include strong elements of work-based training. The Master will be accessible to workers through lifelong learning schemes and mentoring opportunities.
ASSESS: Advanced skills in safety, environment and security at sea
ASSESS is an education and training project focused on professional profiles specialised in safety and security for ships and off-shore structures. The three main concerns are: safety and security for ships and off-shore infrastructures, for people (human life at sea) and for the environment. The project will address both higher education and vocational training.
BLUE SMART: Blue education for sustainable management of aquatic resources
BLUE SMART will support the development of new skills and competences in both higher education (by designing a Master study programme) and vocational education for the sustainable management of aquatic resources in the Zadar county in Croatia.
ENTREFISH: Sustainable entrepreneurship for stronger skills and new employment
The Entrefish project will provide entrepreneurs and workers in SMEs in the field of aquaculture and fisheries with new or strengthened managerial skills to support their entrepreneurial activity in a sustainable way. It will also attract young people (graduates or unemployed persons) with professional skills in sustainable management and business development in SMEs in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
CETBC: Cooperation in education and training for blue careers
CETBC will provide education and training for blue careers by applying the concept of "hybrid working" in order to train current workers of the Dutch maritime cluster to become teachers. This will allow them to equip students with the latest knowledge and acquire the skills needed in the labour market. The project will also develop an apprenticeship desk to address the shortage of apprenticeship places in the maritime sector in the Netherlands.
MENTOR: Blue Care7er Centre of Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea
MENTOR will set up a Blue Career Centre of the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea. The centre will offer young people and experienced workers guidance and training to fill skills gaps and increase their employability in key Blue Economy sectors in the region: maritime transport (shipping, ports, ship-repairs and shipbuilding), cruise and nautical tourism, aquaculture and offshore oil and gas.
Source: European Commission