September 2014 – August 2017

European Programme Erasmus+

 Strategic Partnerships for Vocational Education and Training

State Scholarships Foundation

Hellenic Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs


SeaofSkills Consortium:

  • 5 countries: Greece, Turkey, Malta, Ireland, Spain
  • 9 Institutions: ‘Maria Tsakos’ Public Benefit Foundation – International Centre for Maritime Research and Tradition, Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, AquaTT, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Chios Chamber of Commerce, University of the Aegean, Ege University, University of Malta, Research & Innovation Strategy Experts (RISE)

SeaofSkills Summary

The fisheries and vocational education and training (VET) sectors are relevant to key objectives set in the context of the E.U. strategy and policy-making. Within this framework, the SeaofSkills project, funded through the Erasmus+ Programme, has developed education and training material for small-scale fishers. Training needs were mapped through field surveys in Chios (Greece), Çeşme (Turkey) and specified areas in Malta. Accordingly, the material produced was pilot-tested and evaluated by fishers, trainers and providers in the project’s target areas. Special attention was paid to gathering, using and disseminating existing regulations and recommendations on the fisheries and vocational education and training sectors set at the international level (IMO, FAO), at the European level (DG Education and Culture, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) and at the national level (policies, national accreditation systems). The aim was to reinforce the quality and attractiveness of fishers’ education and training programmes, while addressing existing needs and requirements within the fisheries and vocational education and training sectors, namely,

–  Re-skilling and up-skilling fishers

–  Ιmprovement of the quality of training offered to fishers’ trainers

–  Rendering education and training curricula more relevant to the labour market

– Increasing participation of fishers by making vocational education and training more attractive

–  Mapping the fishers’ needs in knowledge, skills and competences

– “Translating” the new developments within the fisheries and vocational and education sectors into different socio-economic and linguistic contexts for more effective absorption

– Delving into the issue of overfishing and depletion of fishing population

– Protecting marine and coastal ecosystems

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