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MATES Strategy Validation Workshop May 28 Brussels (2nd post)

The MATES Strategy Baseline Validation Workshop (Brussels, 28th May), relevant to AMC Thematic Group and Pilot Experience involvement  (VET FOR NEW SKILLS, ESCO)

Points made by EU representatives (DG MARE & DG EMPL) discussed by the panel with comments from the audience:

-        2019 will bring:

-        A new Europass CV to be launched, based on evidence-base information

-        Skills intelligence is being conducted for the recognition of credentials

-        A learning app to be developed containing training records

-        Big data analysis of skills needs is being developed by CEDEFOP. It would be useful to share information about the trends in the specific sectors.

Questions posed by the audience:

-        1. Blockchain certification systems linked to learning pathways to be introduced?

  • Graduate tracking does not include at informal learning BUT the new Europass CV will include results of skills acquired through transversal and informal learning.

-        2. Recognition of occupations and the possible problems of certification

  • The Pilot Experiences
  • MATES Strategic Plan regards as essential and integrates the participation of VET centres, universities, industry and administration, as the best means to guarantee the recognition of the outcomes (two regional administrations are part of the proposed strategy and have already undertaken certain relevant commitments).
  • The aim is to prove that it is perfectly feasible to create a comprehensive Strategic Plan that can be adapted to the future skills needs of each European country.

-        3. Awareness of skills needs

  • From the HE point of view it is important to make the students aware of the skills that industry expects them to have.
  • Awareness of the hazards of over-qualification .
  • The importance of integrating industry and VET training. MATES is developing a regional analysis within the partnership, looking at the kind of expectations which exist at the community level
  • The interoperability of different EU initiatives and their transferability to the users. ESCO constantly updates the occupation list and the information is publicly available. Skills / competences/knowledge are being continuously generated, a challenge requiring constant attention.

-       4. Risks within the present situation

  • New technologies and new jobs may evolve quickly with unexpected and unforeseen consequences

    5. The roll-out of the MATES strategy

  • The DG Research participant asked how MATES would create an impact on training from research projects in order to measure how training opportunities are being approached in this kind of project.
  • MATES has several connections with the research projects community. Research and innovation projects, their participants and outcomes are key sources of information about trends in science and new technologies that are drivers of change.
  • The Columbus methodology, itself a direct outcome of an H2020 CSA, is being adapted for use in MATES.
  • The most important Ocean Literacy initiatives being considered for inclusion in the MATES strategy, are also H2020 initiatives.

Final comments highlighted the fact that of the women who comprise 50% of the global population, only 1% are employed in the maritime sector.

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