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Press release: April 2018
While it is evident that skills are a pathway to employability in the maritime sector, there is still a great divide between industry requirements and provisions made by existing education and training systems.
With this in mind, a new European Commission (EC) Erasmus+ funded project, MATES, aims at tackling the ensuing skill shortages in the maritime sectors of offshore renewable energy and shipbuilding, and in doing so, will contribute to a more resilient labour market.
The labour market in the maritime sector has several current and future challenges to withstand; not only the digitalisation of industrial processes, but also geopolitical and socioeconomic changes on a global scale and the rising demand for more sustainable practices amongst others. Both the offshore renewable energy and shipbuilding sectors are strongly linked and require new capacities to succeed in this increasingly digital, green and knowledge driven landscape.
As an EC ‘Sector Skills Alliance’ Blueprint project, MATES, intends to deliver sector-specific solutions using an industry-led framework. It will develop a skills strategy that addresses the main drivers of change to the offshore renewable energy and shipbuilding industries and as part of that strategy, will pilot 11 case studies to test newly-developed MATES’ concepts on digital skills, green skills, mobility, innovation management, curricula development and ocean literacy.
Blueprint projects are part of the EC’s ‘A New Skills Agenda for Europe’ launched in 2016. Their purpose is to tackle skills gaps with regard to occupational profiles in a specific sector by identifying the demand (through existing or emerging labour market needs) and by enhancing the supply side (through the responsiveness of education and training systems).
MATES is coordinated by Centro Tecnológico del Mar - Fundación CETMAR in Spain, and brings together 17 partners from eight European countries, encompassing a wide range of expertise. At the recent kick-off meeting (7 and 8 February 2018 in Brussels, Belgium) Lucia Fraga, MATES Coordinator at Fundacion CETMAR, said, “MATES is an important and timely project for the offshore renewable energy and shipbuilding sectors. We have brought together a strong team with a multidisciplinary background with experts from industry and academia. Everyone involved is to eager to tackle the challenges to safeguard the wellbeing of maritime communities and the overall competitiveness of the industry.”
Over the coming months, MATES will work with key industry stakeholders at regional workshops to start the identification of baseline information which will feed other activities in the project. Outcomes will be posted on the MATES project website, available soon at
For further information about MATES please contact the Project Coordinator, Lucia Fraga (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the Communications Officer, Olivia Daly (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

It’s been a long time coming but the Aquaculture International Special Issue Advances in teaching and Learning in Aquaculture    has now been published by Springer International and may be accessed here.

        The culmination of several years’ work from AMC Director Margaret Eleftheriou (guest editor), the Special Issue is a testament to the lasting value of the work carried out on a pan-European scale over 18 years by the ERASMUS Thematic Network

        AQUA-TNET, in which AMC Ltd played a consistent supporting role and not only in the field of languages and linguistic diversity as can be seen by the  Contents


The AQUALEX language lessons are designed for COMPLETE BEGINNERS in English, whose first/native languages are French, Spanish, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Hungarian, Turkish and Galician.

They were designed to help complete beginners in each language to learn very basic grammar and important keywords in English.

They are NOT a complete online course. They simply give basic grammar points within a vocational context (aquaculture). The online format is designed to give beginners a chance to understand and handle simple sentence with essential keywords.

Because English is still the most popular choice for a second language, English grammar points are explained, both in English and in the user's language. Where the user language is completely different structurally from English (i.e., French masculine and feminine nouns), then explanations of the user language structures are given in both English and the user language.

  • Level 1lessons (14) are designed for beginners who have no knowledge of the target language.
  • Level 2 lessons (10) are for those with some knowledge, but are at the basic level.
  • You can enter each level via the dropdown menus at the top of the page.
  • You can enter each set of lessons (English, French, Galician, Greek, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish and Turkish) by clicking on the country flags at the bottom of each page

Each lesson is organised into TEXT, GRAMMAR, HOMEWORK and ASSESSMENT with clickable menus at the top of each page.

  • The TEXT menu contains the lesson itself, which may have 5 pages.
  • Each page of the lesson can be entered via the NEXT and PREVIOUS live links at the bottom of the page.
  • The GRAMMAR section can be entered via the top dropdown menu. Each page of the grammar can be entered via the NEXT and PREVIOUS live links at the bottom of the page.  
  • The HOMEWORK section cannot be entered until all the TEXT and the GRAMMAR pages have been viewed.
  • All TEXT pages are inter-changeable in all PESCALEX languages, by clicking on the country flag at the bottom of the page.
  • BUT Grammar and Homework sections are specific to each language and do not have an interactive function.

TEXT pages also contain audio material which can be heard by running the mouse over the words on the page. Click on live items to hear the term as recorded by native speakers (make sure you have the necessary software for this facility (i.e., Quicktime Player).

The ASSESSMENT section is not available to the general public.

In Level 1 you learn:

the use of

  • numbers (lesson 1)
  • definite article (lesson 1)
  • indefinite article the/a/an (lesson 2)
  • demonstrative pronouns this/that/these/those (lesson 2)
  • singular/plural nouns (lessons 1,3)
  • irregular plurals (lessons 3.4)
  • countable /uncountable nouns (lesson 6)
  • many, some, few, a lot of, more (lesson 6)

the use of verbs

  • is, are (lesson 1)
  • has, have (lesson 2)
  • this is, there are (lessons 2, 3)
  • present tense (forms and functions) (lessons 11, 12, 13)
  • agreements (subject/verb) (lessons 11-13)

how to make statements (lesson 1)

  • how to make negative statements (lesson 2)
  • how to ask and answer questions(lesson 2)
  • true/false response (lesson 4)
  • how to tell the time(lesson 6)

how to make simple measurements

  • temperature (lesson 9)
  • length, breadth, width, height (lesson 10)
  • volume (lesson 10)


  • of place (lesson 8)
  • of time (lesson 9)
  • names of days (lesson 13)
  • names of months (lesson 14)

In Level 2 you learn:

  • adjectives (lesson 2)
  • adverbs (lesson 2)
  • comparisons(lesson 3)
  • pronouns( (lesson personal, relative)4)
  • Imperative (lesson 5)
  • past tense (lesson 6)
  • future tense (lesson 7)
  • conditionals(lesson 7)
  • modals/gerundive(lesson 8)
  • passive (lesson 9)

PISCES: A European Forum for Education and Training in Aquaculture

Leonardo da Vinci IRL/01/B/F/PP-119204

PISCES launched initiatives to promote aquaculture as a career, promote aquaculture education at the vocational and tertiary levels, provide information for non-experts, support SMEs and provide a range of resources related to Education and Training in Aquaculture.

AMC created the Fun pages of the PISCES TT website( Seahorse quiz, maze, interactive online Salmon Ladder board game)


What was achieved

  • Database of European Aquaculture Courses                                                                                         
  • Virtual Tour of a Fish Farm(Seahorses, salmon, trout, turbot, clams, bass/bream)
  • Career Profiles of people in Aquaculture(marine biologist, fish farmer, student)
  • Fun Games for children(seahorse quiz, salmon & ladders board game, maze and wallpaper)
  • Hot Topics (Policy, health benefits, environmental effects and more)

AQUATNET –Aquatic sciences thematic network (SOCRATES 225997-CP 1-2005-1-FR-ERASMUS-TN)

The network, based on years of solid results and achievements in the aquaculture sector, extended its scope to include fisheries & aquatic resources management.It had six themed Workpackages encapsulating the changes taking place in all three Bologna cycles: curriculum development and assessment (including competency-based and learning outcome approaches); proposed transparency measures (including Qualifications Frameworks) and quality assurance; measures to improve student mobility; innovation in teaching (elearning and ICT technologies and their role in joint degrees); and new methods of language training, promoting language diversity.


AQUATNET - Aquaculture, Fisheries & Aquatic Resource Management TN (142245-LLP-1-2008-1-BE-ERASMUS-ENW)

The 2nd AQUATNET built on the achievements of the previous network in its aim to help the Aquaculture, Fisheries and Aquatic Resource education sector in Europe to implement the Bologna reforms and establishing the European Higher Education Area. Key issues concerned the reinforcement of links between higher education teaching and research and its application in industry and enterprise, and the establishment of learning regions centred on universities as a driving force for regional development. AMC Ltd was responsible for Multilingual issues in international cooperation and language learning.


AQUATNET- Promoting innovation and a European dimension through Lifelong learning in the field of Aquaculture, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management


Resulting from its previous successfuldevelopment work, AQUATNET 3 has chosen areas where significant innovative contributions were made in each of the three Bologna cycle levels as well as a range of innovative IT methodology, a strategy which is well suited to further both the Bologna reforms and the flagship educational initiatives of EU 2020. Lifelong learning flexible learning pathways between different education and training sectors are a main pillar of the Agenda for New Skills Initiative and this important Workpackage is led by AMC Ltd, with 3 subgroups: i) Lifelong Learning pathways; ii) Curriculum frameworks and transparency; and last but not least iii) Tools & Methods; Exploring the cutting edge of teaching and learning technologies and approaches.


 Workpackage 5 meeting  in Frankfurt (2013)


WP5 Group Photo, September 2013

  The AQUA-TNET project brochure is available to download HERE.

 If you would like to know more about this project, visit the official AQUA-TNET website:

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PESCALEX 2: LifeLong Learning Programme Transfer of Innovation (LLP/LdV/TOI/2008/IRL-509)

9 language (EL, EN, ES, FR, HU,PL, NO, TR, Galician) provision of online blended learning VOLL learning modules for aquaculture - excellence in fish health management/fish pathology


  • To transfer the PESCALEX materials to Turkey, Hungary, Galicia, Spain)
  • To translate all PESCALEX materials into Hungarian, Turkish, Galician
  • To transfer the fish health/diseases content to new users
  • To combine innovative (VOLL) language learning with tutor-led & ODL methods

What was achieved

  • Multilingual website portal containing all deliverables.
  • Online language learning modules (VOLL) with audio input in English, Greek, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Hungarian, Turkish, Galician
  • Online glossary of fish diseases in English, Greek, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Hungarian, Turkish, Galician
  • Printed handbook with 11 beginner language modules (in English, Greek, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Hungarian, Turkish, Galician, Portuguese, Swedish)
  • International Workshop for dissemination to farmers and for playing language game (English, French, Hungarian, Spanish)
  • Diagnostic Tool for diagnosis of Turbot diseases (English, French, Hungarian, Spanish). 

    The Diagnostic Tool ( designed and developed by AQUARK, using fish pathology information from the Aquatic Pathology unit, was demonstrated at the PESCALEX final Workshop organised by CETMAR at the IGAFA training facilities in Galicia, Spain. The tool assists in the process of diagnosis of fish diseases and in The shipment of detailed accurate history from the fishfarm to the expert.

  • Online modules with visuals capable of remote interrogation in English, Greek, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Hungarian, Turkish, Galician; (1.Basic Techniques of Fish Haematology; 2. Fish Health Manual; 3. Fish/Shellfish Pathology Fish Pathology (Rainbow trout, Sea bass, Salmon, Carp, Turbot) in English, Greek, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Hungarian, Turkish, Galician; Cost-effective feeding of Fish in English, Greek, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Hungarian, Turkish, Galician


AMC Ltd, Ireland; AquaTT, Ireland; Stirling Institute of Aquaculture, Scotland, UK; AQUARK, Greece; CETMAR,Spain; Rize Technical University, Turkey, Faculty of Marine Science; Haki, Research institute for Fisheries, Hungary.

PESCALEX 1 (IRL/05/B/F/PP-153180) (2005-2008)

Preparatory online self-tuition & CLIL learning modules for aquaculture – excellence in

quality assurance for fish health management in 6 language (EL, EN, ES, FR, PL, NO)


PESCALEX aimed to create an educational website tool with many uses

  • Dedicated website hosting
  1. Fish Health/Diseases courses in English, Greek, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Polish
  2. Dedicated multi-lingual glossary (English, Greek, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Polish)
  • A language learning tool with many uses
  1. Language learning (CLIL)modules in English, Greek French, Spanish, Norwegian, Polish
  2. Distributed network of partners able to insert new course material and update old material
  3. Able to handle secure short student tests
  • Workshop to disseminate products
  1. Language Learning Simulation Game (Fish diseases)

What was achieved

  • Fish Health/Diseases courses in English, Greek, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Polish
  • Fish Pathology (Rainbow trout, Sea bass, Salmon, Carp) in English, Greek, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Polish
  • Fish Health Manual in English, Greek, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Polish
  • Basic Techniques for Fish Pathology in English, Greek, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Polish
  • Fish Nutrition in English, Greek, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Polish
  • Self-tuition language learning modules (Levels 1 & 2-CFER A & B) in English, Greek, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
  • PESCALEX Fish diseases glossary (English, Greek, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Polish)
  • Language learning simulation game in English, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Polish
  • Distributed network capable of inserting new course material and able to handle secure short student tests


AMC Ltd, Ireland; Lycee de la Mer et du Littoral, Bourcefranc Le Chapus, France; Centro Tecnologico del Mar, Fundacion CETMAR, Spain; Agricultural University of Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland; AQUARK, Athens, Greece; IMPT, Heraklion, Crete; AQUATT, Ireland.


VALLA (Validation of all Lifelong Learning in Aquaculture)   2007/10342 /TRA EQF/ IE/EACEA


Using the aquaculture sector as a pilot, the VALLA project aimed to demonstrate how to validate and recognize short-term sectoral training (including non-formal learning).

VALLA’s core objectives

  • to help build transparency and trust in the emergent EQF, by providing an occupational map for the sector using a competence-based approach
  • to examine how the resulting competence-based learning can be evaluated and validated
  • to show how short-term training can be awarded credits.
  • to test and disseminate via existing networks of VALLA's generic tools, methodology and protocols, to enable rapid progress towards the establishment of EQF sectoral frameworks.


  • Providers of training and education, job market entrants and employees. VALLA tools are designed to allow trainers to describe their courses in terms of competence-based learning outcomes
  • Experienced workers with more skills and competences than any degree could provide can demonstrate their true worth in the job market
  • Young graduates can now add unaccredited work experience/short courses to their CVs

What was achieved

  • VALLA methodology on how to map a sector by competencies able to be used by trainers in any sector;
  • VALLA dedicated software tool able to define course/workshop/placement training in competencies/learning outcomes;
  • VALLA tested protocol for evaluating and validating short-term training (in 10 EU languages);
  • VALLA website with free access to VALLA Tool (
  • Customised EQF glossary of knowledge, skills and competences in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Danish, Greek, Dutch, Czech

VALLA occupational map for the aquaculture sector: allowing employers and training providers to develop courses meeting specific needs

The VALLA Occupational Map defined the whole range of occupations and job roles within the European Aquaculture sector. It contains information on numbers employed, key drivers in the sector, industry trends, analysis of current and future skills needs, progression routes and national occupational standards. Results of the project will be further analysed and developed by the EATIP Thematic Area "Knowledge Management" ( From an industry perspective the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) we will be promoting the occupational and functional map to members and suggesting that students and academics consider these valuable results. (Picture: David Bassett (FEAP) presenting at the VALLA final conference)

To read the full article please click here.

WAVE – Workers in Aquaculture /Validation of Experience IRL/03/B/F/PP-153112 (2003-2006)


The WAVE project targeted the aquaculture industry throughout Europe - the workers and employers in SMEs, trade associations, colleges and training organisations, aimed to map the actual skills and knowledge needed for work in the sector. Using a bottom-up approach by interviewing 90 companies in 10 countries, the WAVE project aimed to produce a Master List of Skills, Competences and Knowledge for the sector which could be described in terms to Learning Outcomes to facilitate the accreditation process.

What was achieved

  • Database allowing partner consultation and insertions
  • Master List of 238 aquaculture skills and competences, translated into 10 languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Danish, Greek, Dutch, Czech)
  • Guidelines for use of Master List languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Danish, Greek, Dutch, Czech)
  • Dedicated glossary of specific educational terminology languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Danish, Greek, Dutch, Czech)
  • Dedicated website
  • Current (2013) use of WAVE Master List of Competences in Horizon 2020 Initiative ESCO


AQUATT, Ireland; Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) Belgium; L’Institut National des Sciences et Techniques de la Mer (CNAM), France

FHL Havbruk, Norway; KEK Diastasi, Greece; Scottish Association Training Association (SATA), UK; Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), UK; AMC Ltd, Ireland


ORION LEONARDO DA VINCI Project No (EL/01/BP LA 114443) (2001-2005)


ORION: Development of Virtual Learning Environment in environmental science, with online re-usable interactive modules in marine pollution and ecology, with self-learning packages in English, Greek, Portuguese and Swedish



To create a Virtual Learning Environment to be powered by a suite of innovative teaching/ learning tools. The ORION network aimed to link its partners via a distributed network combining an open access approach for its basic language learning units in English, Greek, Portuguese, Swedish, and the ORION Resources, and a restricted site which contains the course materials used in actual and jointly run academic courses.


What was achieved


  • New course materials, designed as weekly online study units, complete with online assignments and online tutorial support (2-10 weeks)




      1. Marine Environment (English, Greek)
      2. Marine Pollution (Greek)
      3. Production of Artemia, Rotifers, Phytoplankton (English, Portuguese)
      4. Age Determination of Otoliths (English)
      5. Marine Biodiversity (English)
      6. Tropical Ecology (English)


  • Content Management Tool for design and open-ended delivery of course materials
  • Content Management Tool Manual for academic users
  • Dedicated multilingual website
  • Online language learning units in English, Greek, Portuguese and Swedish with audio input
  • Creation of new marine pollution glossary (1400 terms) in English, Greek, Portuguese and Swedish
  • Resource repository with


      1. Aquaculture bibliography BIMAQUE (8600 items);
      2. Fish, Shellfish and Crustacean Meristics in English, Norwegian & Greek;


  • AQUALEX glossary in English, French, German, Greek, Spanish, Norwegian, Italian




Institute of Marine Biology of Crete; AQUALEX Multimedia Consortium Ltd Ireland; University of Stockholm Sweden; University of Algarve Portugal; University College Cork Ireland; National Centre for Marine Research, Athens, Greece; Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP);TEREUS SA, Athens,/IMPT, Crete, Greece.

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