MATES strategy validation workshop - Brussels

Skills intelligence to boost maritime technologies

Part 1

The MATES Strategy Baseline Validation Workshop was held in Brussels on 28th May to present and validate the results of the first 16 months of work.

Points made in the MATES presentations:

- MATES has made significant progress setting up a European-wide network of relevant stakeholders actually willing to collaborate in the strategy-building process.

- More than 180 experts now form part of the network, sharing their experience on how to tackle the requirements of the new maritime skills, their professional recognition, and the education and training tools which will be needed

- A Baseline Report identifying current skills gaps in shipbuilding and offshore renewables value chains was presented; its findings came as a result of an extensive bibliographical review, background data and inputs from the above-mentioned expert network from the shipbuilding, offshore renewable energy and education sectors.

-The report includes the mapping of the existing occupational profiles and relevant educational programmes and training at EU level

- The report also put forward a set of foresight scenarios, which had been designed following two Delphi consultations with the experts to identify relevant trends and paradigm shifters.

- A complete set of action lines proposed for the shipbuilding and offshore renewable energies following these results was then prioritised during an online e-voting process, to better undertake strategic decisions.

- Eleven Pilot Experiences are being planned to test the strategy in consistency with those action lines.

- The methodology as outlined ensured that all relevant stakeholders were well-represented in the process to shape the strategy. and the response during the workshop showed the support for the strategy.

Both targeted sectors (shipbuilding and offshore renewables) were properly represented; the invited audience was well balanced and included organisations from industry, research, administration and Training Centres. There were lively discussions on several aspects of the MATES baseline strategy above before the validation ratings were carried out.

In conclusion, the MATES strategic plan, after the above presentations, was evaluated by the audience and validated with an average score of 8 points out of 10.

The MATES panel carrying out the rating procedure, followed by the results as shown on screen.

Strategy validated for both sectors (40 votes):

  1. Shipbuilding:average rate - 8/10
  2. ORE: average rate - 8/10

Part 2

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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