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BlueGeneration job portal launched to attract new generation into boating industry and promote blue economy careers

Published on: Mon, 09/03/2020 - 17:45
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    3 March 2020, Brussels – The BlueGeneration project, of which EBI is a leading partner, recently launched its flagship job portal. Companies in the recreational boating industry and across the blue economy can now advertise open positions and training opportunities free of charge to thousands of young Europeans.


    The portal will be promoted to thousands of young people across Europe through school visits and promotional activities. Posting of job and training opportunities is free of charge for companies. The portal focuses on young people between the ages of 15 and 29 with the aim to attract them and start a career in the blue economy. The job portal includes a number of sectors, including nautical tourism and manufacturing roles.

    EBI is a leading partner in the project that started in 2018 and will last until 2022. At its conclusion, it will have engaged with 40,000 young people and coached them to start a career in the blue economy. Other initiatives the project is working are a career guide, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and mentorship opportunities.

    EBI Secretary-General Philip Easthill commented “We are delighted to be launching the job portal with our partners in the BlueGeneration project. Our aim is to provide concrete support to address the key issues of the recreational boating industry in Europe. Employment in the industry has increased over the past years and there is now a lack of applicants in many regions and companies. The BlueGeneration job portal is an excellent opportunity to promote a career in our sector to young people.

    To access the BlueGeneration job portal, head to:

    About European Boating Industry (EBI)

    European Boating Industry (EBI) represents the recreational boating industry in Europe. It encompasses all related sectors, such as boatbuilding, equipment manufacturing, marinas and service providers. The industry is a significant contributor to the European economy, representing 32,000 companies that employ over 280,000 people directly. The vast majority of the sector is made up of Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). It is a key contributor to tourism and has a global trade perspective.

    EBI is an established stakeholder at EU level, defending and promoting the interests of its members on key issues ranging from Single Market legislation to blue growth, tourism and trade policy. More information here:

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    About the BlueGeneration Project

    The objective of the Blue Generation Project is to inspire and engage young people between 15 and 29 years to pursue a sustainable career in one of the following Blue Economy sectors: coastal tourism, aquaculture, ocean energy, marine biotechnology, shipbuilding, maritime transport and fisheries. At the heart of the project lies the Blue Generation Program (BGP). The BGP is an integrated outreach action organised and implemented by the project with the aim to "attract, engage and convert" young people to the vast opportunities of the Blue Economy job market.

    The Blue Generation Program will be repeated in four cycles throughout the years 2018 to 2022, each lasting from January to October. Through the BGP, it is envisaged to reach up to 39,000 young people through promotional activities and convert at least 2,000 to employment or training in the Blue Economy.

    The Blue Generation Project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment. The project is coordinated by Militos Consulting SA in Greece and Sea Teach in Spain, and is implemented by an international consortium in Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, Portugal, and Spain with support from Blue Economy Experts from Belgium, Germany, Iceland and Norway. European Boating Industry is an expert partner in the project.