The CPMR has reiterated the political importance of the Vasco Da Gama training programme.

At the final conference of the “Vasco Da Gama: Training For Greener And Safer Maritime Transport Project”, held in Brussels in May, the CPMR stated that it will continue to work on opportunities for education and training by developing other thematic spinoff initiatives.

Confirming this commitment, CPMR is now taking part in four project consortia: the IN-BLUE-LOG, “A blue Master for Blue Careers”, the COAST projects, which have been submitted under the first EC’s call for proposals “Blue Careers in Europe”, and the INTRAMOBILITYS project which has been submitted under the first call for proposals of the ADRION Programme (INTERREG V B for the Adriatic Ionian Area).

Set-up in the frame of the CPMR Atlantic Arc and Intermediterranean Commissions, the “Three Blue careers” projects aim to address the mismatch between graduates’ knowledge and maritime business expectations, in a structured way.

Specifically, they aim to deliver innovative modules/master courses, intensive courses (e.g. summer schools) and promote internships for students in collaboration with private enterprises dealing with issues related to harbour logistics, biotechnologies and blue economy sectors.

With a restricted geographical scope, the INTRAMOBILITYS project aims to deliver the structural necessary conditions to improve the overall connectivity of the Adriatic-Ionian region, focusing on the human capital development and upskilling systems to match the needs of the integrated multimodal transport services (IMTS).

In order to reach its objectives, it will design and carry out pilot educational and training courses to provide students as well as people already working with the right skills and competences enabling them to address main challenges as well as exploit opportunities related to the IMTS sector. It will also encourage a multi-actor and multi-level cooperation to allow key Adriatic Ionian stakeholders to debate about both short term and long term educational and train solutions.

The “Blue Master for a Blue Career” project – developed within the Atlantic Arc Commission’s “Innovation” working group and led by the University of la Rochelle – aims to create a Master II diploma entirely focused on blue biotechnologies and dedicated to their application particularly in health, nutrition and aquaculture domain.

This diploma would be designed by both industrials and academic partners, ensuring that students obtaining this Applied Blue Biotechnology Master will meet SME’s expectations and begin a blue career. It would be open to students, workers willing to increase their knowledge, and people who are unemployed.

In addition, CPMR continues to implement its political priorities for education and training. It has recently submitted an official request to join the EC informal expert group on skills and careers development in the blue economy.

Besides this, it is monitoring the implementation phase of the new EC initiative the “Blue Print for Sectorial Cooperation on Skills”. In the months ahead, CPMR will focus on the “Blue Print for maritime technology” with the aim of reducing the gap between the skills people are taught and the skills needed by the European maritime technology industry.