European shipping operates in a global market and many trends have an impact on the seafaring profession such as digitalisation, automation, the greening of shipping and the development of new technologies. At the same time, many seafarers already face skill gaps and urgently need further training.
Thus, to reinforce the competitiveness of the European shipping sector, it needs to further strengthen its human capital to develop training and the jobs of tomorrow, facilitate employability and ensure that maritime professionals in Europe are equipped with the skills required by the changing needs of the industry. There is currently no system and methodology in place for the analysis of the skills needs. The SkillSea project aims to develop a strategy for future proof education and training for maritime professionals (both seafarers and on-shore workers working in the maritime industry). Furthermore, the purpose is to develop training standards for a high-quality maritime education in Europe, promote the exchange of students between institutes and make onboard training and apprenticeships possible for all students.
The 4-year project is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union under the Key Action 2 – Sector Skill Alliances. The Project Consortium comprises 28 organisations from industry, education and training as well as authorities from the maritime industry from 16 European countries.
SkillSea will take advantage of the blended learning concept which combines online and face-to-face tuition. It will disseminate knowledge on necessary digital skills to cope with the changes in the industry, the greening of shipping as well as key competences, soft skills and knowledge of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).