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Skills and career development in the blue economy

Our coasts and seas have the potential to deliver sustainable growth and jobs in the coming years. A competitive, resilient and socially fair blue economy needs highly qualified and skilled professionals. Many blue economy sectors have difficulties to find the right people. The current situation, e.g. COVID-19, increases the challenges even more.

Acknowledged areas of concern are:

  • skills gap between education offer and labour market needs is even more accentuated by the twin digital and climate transitions;
  • lack of communication and cooperation between education and industry;
  • lack of attractiveness and awareness of career opportunities in the blue economy;
  • lack of ocean literacy culture at the basis of it all.

Actions put in place to tackle these concerns:

1. Blue careers in Europe call for proposals

The blue careers project aim to establish platforms for cooperation between business and education, at local/regional or transnational level. It aims to develop and implement concrete actions to close the skills gap, tackle the unemployment challenge and raise the attractiveness of "blue careers" among students.

With the last “Call for proposals on Blue Careers”, eight projects have been selected. The new 'blue career' projects will work towards enhancing career opportunities in the maritime economy, while the 'blue labs' projects will focus on young researchers helping them to bring research results to the market.

Building on lessons learned, a new call is foreseen for 2021.

2. Blueprint on sectorial skills cooperation for the maritime technology sector

The European maritime technology industry is a world leader in terms of innovation and key enabler. It provides the more advanced technologies and structures needed to ensure the development of all maritime activities, such as offshore renewable energy, shipbuilding or aquaculture. It also figures among the industrial ecosystems for recovery, identified recently in the new ‘European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience’ published on 1st July 2020.

Back in June 2016 the Commission launched the "new skills agenda for Europe" to make sure that people develop the skills necessary for the jobs of today and tomorrow, contributing to growth across the EU. The “blueprint for sectoral skills cooperation” was one of the 10 concrete measures to support the implementation of this skills agenda for Europe. The maritime technology sector has been selected as one of the identified sectors to pilot this initiative.

The sector has radically changed and diversified over the last decade, passing from classical steel-intensive ship types to building the most complex and advanced technologies and vessels. It is currently one of the most research-intensive sectors in Europe (9% of its GDP invested in RDI). The industry is continuously innovating and diversifying into new activities. It also provides the technologies and vessels to enable a sustainable and safe development of the blue economy, e.g. offshore wind, ocean energy, marine biotechnology, aquaculture, deep-sea exploration and surveillance. At the same time, it also updates traditional shipping techniques in response to sustainability and climate change criteria.

To consider the needs of the sector in the future, particularly in the shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy production value chains, the dedicated Blueprint project MATES is attempting to provide useful insights in terms of skills needs and gaps.

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EMSEA Virtual Summit 7-8 Oct 2021: Call for abstracts

Share your work in ocean literacy at the 8th EMSEA conference, an opportunity not to be missed.

Start date: 07/10/2021 (All day)
Last update: 19/08/21

Black Sea Action Day – speaking up for a clean and healthy sea!

For the first time in the history of this event of 24 years, all the activities will be online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mare Nostrum NGO prepared a series of challenges and useful information for citizens, in order to emphasize responsible behaviours and sustainable consumption of resources.

Start date: 31/10/2020 - 09:00
Last update: 03/11/20

Black Sea Workshop: European Blue Schools

Join us on 28th October for an online meeting with the ocean literacy stakeholders from the Black Sea Basin, to discuss how the Network of European Blue Schools can accelerate the process of schools and students becoming agents of change. This event is organised by BSUN, in collaboration with Black Sea CONNECT Consortium, Mare Nostrum, European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) and Ciencia Viva.

Start date: 28/10/2020 - 13:00
Last update: 26/10/20

Joining forces at the first “EU4Ocean workshop – Designing Ocean Literacy action in Europe

On 24 – 25 September 2020, the first EU4Ocean workshop– Designing Ocean Literacy action in Europe was organised by the EU4Ocean Coalition – a new initiative on ocean literacy of the European Commission.

Start date: 24/09/2020 (All day)
Last update: 10/07/20

10th meeting of the Black Sea SRIA group and EU R&I Days

The main purpose of the meeting will be to discuss future steps and update you about the Black Sea CONNECT project which will support the implementation of the SRIA and the development of the whole initiative process.

Start date: 27/09/2019 - 09:30
Last update: 09/09/19

EXPERT GROUP ON SKILLS AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT 3rd Meeting - 10 April 2019

meeting minutes

Start date: 10/04/2019 - 00:00
Last update: 07/05/19

EXPERT GROUP ON SKILLS AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT

10 April 2019 – 09:00 – 17:00 Venue : PLB3 Room 2.17, Rue Philippe Le Bon 1-3, 1000 Brussels

Start date: 10/04/2019 - 00:00
Last update: 08/04/19

Expert group on the skills and career development in the Blue economy

The meeting aimed to drive forward and get an input from experts for each of the 3 subgroups, created as a result of the kick-off meeting on 1 June 2017: 1) Business-education cooperation, 2) Ocean literacy and 3) Lifelong learning, mobility and education programs

Start date: 07/02/2018 - 23:00
Last update: 16/08/18

2017 BLACK SEA STAKEHOLDER CONFERENCE ON BLUE ECONOMY, 15 September 2017, Batumi (Georgia)

4th annual high-level stakeholder conference

Start date: 15/09/2017 - 00:00
Last update: 20/12/17

Kick-off meeting of the expert group on skills and career development in the blue economy

Purpose of the meeting: to kick-off the work of the newly established expert group on skills and career development in the blue economy. On his occasion, experts will know each other and will a first brainstorming session on the key topics to be dealt with in the coming years

Start date: 01/06/2017 - 00:00
Last update: 01/02/18

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