Fleetwood futureproofs seafarer skills

Published on 01/11/2019 by DTHACK

SkillSea Project designed to produce sustainable skills strategy for European seafarers and increase the number of European maritime professionals.

Fleetwood Nautical Campus is a founder partner in a Europe-wide initiative to develop a sustainable skills strategy for the maritime sector.

The SkillSea Project was launched in response to transformational times for the sector, surfaced by sweeping technological changes.

The four-year scheme, developed by the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), sees the creation of a consortium consisting of maritime education providers, national maritime authorities, shipping companies, shipowners associations and maritime trade unions from 16 European countries.

Key aims and objectives of the SkillSea Project include:

  • Analysing the effect of technological developments on the industry’s skills requirements
  • Securing a better match between the industry’s skills needs and the education and training of seafarers
  • Overcoming barriers to the mobility of seafaring labour
  • Improving cooperation between education providers, maritime authorities and industry
  • Ensuring that Europe retains a world-leading supply of maritime skills and experience

Fleetwood Nautical Campus is one of three maritime training providers in the UK to work with their continental cousins on standardising skillsets to match the evolving needs of industry.

Find out more about the SkillSea Project.

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