The SeaofSkills Project

The fisheries sector is recognized as one of the pillars of development at international and European level. The extent of its contribution to sustainable development, economic growth and food security highly depends on the knowledge, skills and competences of fishers. Vocational education and training has a central role in responding to the changing training needs and new challenges this target group faces. Through vocational education and training, knowledge, skills and competences are improved and updated, new ones are acquired allowing adaptation to the changing requirements and new developments.

Within this framework, the SeaofSkills project, funded through the Erasmus+ Programme, has developed vocational education and training material for small-scale fishers. Training needs were mapped through field surveys conducted in Chios (Greece), Çeşme (Turkey) and specified areas in Malta. Accordingly, the material produced was pilot-tested and evaluated by fishers in the project’s target areas. Special attention was paid to the integration of existing regulations and recommendations regarding 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 (national accreditation systems, etc.).

A learning outcomes approach was adopted within the project, so as to operate within the provisions of the European Qualifications Framework and permit the future recognition and accreditation of the generated material. An added value of the project is the report on policy recommendations concerning vocational education and training for small-scale fishers that was produced upon its conclusion.

The project was implemented through the following stages:


Current Status of Implementation


More specifically, the Project consisted of well defined Work Packages. More specifically:

A. Project Management

B. Intellectual Outputs

C.  Learning/Teaching/Training Activities

D.  Multiplier Events

E.  Transnational Project Meetings

12 Work Packages

37 Deliverables

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