The SeaofSkills Consortium, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme, has developed vocational education and training material for small-scale fishers. The aim was to increase the quality of the education and training offered to fishers, while upskilling and reskilling them with clear benefits for all the stakeholders involved. Based on this new material, a guide for fishers’ trainers and an implementation manual for vocational education and training providers has been developed with the aim to upgrade the training offered.
The training material has been developed through a process that entailed desk-research, interviews with experts on fisheries and vocational education and training, as well as stakeholders. In addition, the fishers’ survey in Chios (Greece), Çeşme (Turkey) and specified areas in Malta provided valuable input on their needs that was taken into consideration while developing the material. It is important to note that the aforementioned deliverables were pilot-tested and evaluated by fishers, trainers and providers in the project’s target areas and were finalized based on the outcome of this evaluation.
The SeaofSkills education and training material can be accessed freely in PowerPoint and PDF formats here.
At the same time, it is available through the SeaofSkills e-learning platform. As far as the e-learning platform was concerned, it was developed through the following stages: (a) development of the technology infrastructure: design platform (by using open source software), development of multimedia from educational material and connection with e-mapping & e-calendar software, (b) testing of the platform with real users in real contexts of use in order to check whether it is able to meet user requirements, and evaluation with direct user observation by using blend qualitative and quantitative approaches and statistical analysis of user tests data, for the evaluation of the impact on users, checking for the achievement of the educational targets and identification of the strengths and weaknesses of the system and (c) improvement of the e-platform, based on the testing and evaluation activities.
Access to the SeaofSkills e-learning platform:
The training material developed by SeaofSkills (including all its intermediate, pilot, and final versions), is licensed by Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).