Future-proof skills for the maritime transport sector
Technology and digitalisation are transforming the shipping industry. ‘Smart’ ships are coming into service, creating demand for a new generation of competent, highly-skilled maritime professionals. Europe is a traditional global source of maritime expertise and the four-year SKILLSEA project is launched with the aim of ensuring that the region’s maritime profes-sionals possess key digital, green and soft management skills for the rapidly-changing maritime labour market. It seeks to not only produce a sustainable skills strategy for European maritime professionals, but also to increase the number of these professionals - enhancing the safety and efficiency of this vital sector.
The future-proofing project is developed by the industry’s social partners, the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and is comprised of a consortium from national maritime authorities, shipping companies, shipowners’ associations, maritime trade unions and maritime education providers from 16 countries in Europe.
Key aims and objectives include:
• Analysing the effect of technological developments on the industry’s skills requirements
• An even better match between the industry’s skills needs and the education and training of maritime professionals
• Overcoming barriers to the mobility of maritime professionals
• Improving cooperation and synergy between education providers, maritime authorities and the industry
• Ensuring that Europe retains a world-leading access to maritime skills and experience for improved competitiveness