Work Package 1: Mobilisation of Stakeholders Workshop
The objective of WP1 was to identify and mobilise key experts that could provide input into the various activities in the project. Expert opinion and feedback, particularly from industry, has been integrated into the MATES results. In addition to engaging with stakeholders, WP1 involved the collation of relevant information which is now stored in the MATES repository.
D1.1 Database of Experts
The MATES partners developed this network to contribute at various stages of the MATES strategy. The MATES database of experts can be accessed at www.whowhomates.com. The network is organised into eight Thematic Groups (D1.4) that include experts both from the partnership and external stakeholders. These experts and stakeholders provide advice and assistance for the implementation of the MATES project. They will also assist with measuring the project’s impact.
D1.2 Repository of relevant information and State of the Art Report
This deliverable includes a list of the most relevant documents for MATES available as a Digital Repository.
The MATES State of the Art Report was developed as a summary of the analysis of the 390 publications and 150 projects. The main findings were presented to the MATES network of experts during two rounds of regional workshops in five European countries (D1.3). The report describes the current situation and future prospects of the shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy sectors, as well as the challenges that must be addressed in the coming years. It establishes a vision of the different drivers of that will affect the transformation and evolution of the sectors, and finally a perspective on the socio-demographic situation.
D1.3 Mobilisation workshops
A series of five stakeholder workshops were held in Greece, Portugal, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Spain. The workshops aimed to establish the current and future training and education skill gaps in the maritime industry and the activities required to meet these needs. A report from each of the workshops is presented below.
- How Can Ocean Literacy Promote Blue Growth in the Maritime Industry? – Athens, Greece, 26 April 2018 (organised by Indigo-MED)
- MATES Project – An Ocean of New Professional Opportunities for a Competitive Economy for the Sea of the Azores – Azores, Portugal, 4 May 2018 (organised by FRCT)
- Future Skills Needs and Gaps in Green Technologies for the Shipbuilding and Offshore Renewable Energy Sectors – Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 9 May 2018 (organised by WEGEMT)
- Identification and Analysis of Skills Gaps in the Offshore Energy Sector – Scotland, the United Kingdom, 17 May 2018 (organised by Aquatera)
- Technological Trends in the Shipbuilding and Offshore Renewable Energy Sectors – Analysis and Implementation Strategies – Vigo, Spain, 21 May 2018 (organised by ASIME)
Work Package 2: Strategy baseline – identification of present and future skills’ needs
The objective of WP2 is to analyse the current situation and actual needs for skills and training in the shipbuilding and maritime renewable energies sectors to provide a baseline. In addition, a foresight exercise looking at future scenarios aims to establish the future skills needs in both sectors.
D2.1 Baseline Report on Present Skill Gaps
The objective of the MATES Baseline Report on Present Skill Gaps is to deliver a critical review and analysis of the skills supply and demand mismatch in Europe for the two sectors addressed i.e. shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy. The report is the result of extensive desktop research, industry engagement through regional workshops, a validation workshop, surveys, expert interviews, Focus Group meetings and builds upon MATES State of the Art Report (D1.2).
The MATES Baseline Report on Present Skill Gaps:
(a) provides an overview of the current status of the targeted sectors, focusing on aspects that can be mostly affected by skills gaps (e.g. current technological trends, economic growth, sector’s potential for further development, etc.)
(b) specifies and describes the phases/segments of the sectors’ value chains
(c) maps the existing occupational profiles that are involved in the main sectors’ activities and their corresponding skills and competences, based on European Skills/Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) classification
(d) examines skills supply by identifying educational and training offers for the academic year of 2018-2019 relevant to these sectors and assessing their curricula and the qualifications they provide
(e) investigates skills demand through consultation with the aforementioned industries (i.e. companies, industry associations, industry experts, etc.)
(f) identifies skills gaps of the sectors’ workforce and skills mismatch between education and training providers and the industries’ relevant requirements
The report provides a solid foundation upon which future MATES activities are based; the building of future scenarios for forecasting skills requirements in the short, medium and long-term as well as the development of relevant Lines of Actions and best practices for effectively addressing these skills gaps through the MATES Pilot Experiences.
D2.2 Baseline validation workshops and final validation workshop
Five workshops took place in the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium, Portugal and Greece in 2018, aiming to validate the preliminary findings of the Baseline Strategy Report. A report from each of the workshops is presented below.
- Analysis of Skills Gaps and Plan for Action in the Offshore Renewable Energy Sector – Edinburgh, Scotland, 29 October 2018 (organised by Aquatera)
- Embedding knowledge management and wider innovation skills in maritime trainings, Vigo, Spain, 4 December 2018 (organised by CETMAR)
- Mind the Gap: Analysis of digital skills needs in the shipbuilding and off-shore renewable energy sectors, Ghent, Belgium, 12 December 2018 (organised by UGent)
- Contribution to the definition of MATES baseline strategy – Azores, Portugal, 14 December 2018 (organised by FRCT)
- Green technologies in the shipbuilding and ship-repair industry – Thessaloniki, Greece, 19 December 2018 (organised by CERTH-HIT)
A training workshop took place In Ireland in 2019, where the MATES partners focused on the exploitation, future impact and sustainability of the project outcomes in particular of the 11 Pilot Experiences. Below is a report of the workshop.
- Achieving Impact of Pilot Experiences using Knowledge Transfer – Dublin, Ireland, 13 March 2019 (partner workshop organised by AquaTT)
A final validation workshop took place in Belgium in 2019 where the MATES Strategy Baseline Report was presented to European representatives involved in skills development within both targeted sectors, shipbuilding and offshore renewable energies. Th participants represented industry, research institutions, training centres and administrations. During the workshop the baseline strategy was discussed and validated by the audience. Below is a report of the workshop.
- Skills strategy workshop for the shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy sectors – Brussels, Belgium, 28 May 2019 (organised by CETMAR)
D2.3 Foresight scenarios identifying future skills needs and trends
The MATES Foresight Scenario Report deals with the identification and analysis of emerging trends in the shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy sectors with respect to new technologies, new skills, training programs and other associated parameters. The key technologies considered are those for which the maritime industry is not prepared for in terms of technical capabilities nor in terms of technological service and research offer.
The main aims and objectives of the report are the clustering of the key technologies in three-time horizons and the description of future scenarios on skills and competences, as well as gaps in the current and foreseen levels sectors at the short, mid and long-term.
Work Package 3: Identification of priorities and lines of action
The objective of WP3 is to prioritise the actions to be addressed by MATES using specific criteria which feed directly into the Strategy Baseline Report. The identified Lines of Actions are the foundation of the design and development of the MATES Pilot Experiences, ensuring strategic alignment of the Pilot Experiences to the results achieved.
D3.1 Identification of Priorities and Lines of Actions
The main aim of the MATES Identification of Priorities and Lines of Actions Report is to describe the reference framework utilised to set up the priorities and Lines of Action within the MATES project. The report sets out the methodology to be used in prioritising these Lines of Action in order to finely tune the MATES Pilot Experiences to be undertaken in the second half of the project.
It includes a list of the Lines of Action identified during the first year of the project, the prioritisation criteria for those Lines of Action and the instructions for the online voting process. This prioritisation system is defined so that the Lines of Actions, within which the most important training needs and skills gaps fit, will be addressed in the next stage of the MATES project and will be included in the MATES Skilling Strategy that will be the main output of the project.
Work Package 6: Dissemination and Outreach
The objective of WP6 is to ensure the widespread dissemination and targeted exploitation of the MATES results, in particular the Pilot Experiences and the Skilling Strategy. This is facilitated through a Dissemination and Exploitation Plan and also Knowledge Management methodology. In addition, Ocean Literacy activities to promote the maritime sector, in particular maritime careers, will be carried out.
D6.2 Communications Portfolio
The MATES communication portfolio includes many resources and tools which help facilitate the promotion of the MATES project and dissemination of the project’s objectives and findings to a variety of stakeholders and possible end-users. They also help to ensure the success of the MATES Dissemination and Exploitation Plan, which sets out the activities to be performed and the channels to be used. The MATES brand logo represents the two core focus areas of the project – shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy.
- MATES factsheet
- MATES pull-up banner
- MATES posters
- Press releases
- MATES Strategy Baseline Report – This report consists of results which were obtained from the extensive work carried out by the MATES partners through workshops with experts, Delphi questionnaires, desk-top studies and surveys. The report synthesises the MATES strategy baseline to bridge the skills gap between training offers and industry needs in the Maritime Technologies value chain. The results from the report are the basis for the development of the MATES Pilot Experiences -11 pilot initiatives taking place across Europe aiming to tackle the identified skills shortages in the shipbuilding and the offshore renewable energy sectors. Progress on the Pilot Experiences activities can be viewed here.