Invitation to attend MATES workshop at Business2Sea on 17 November 2021

The MATES partnership invites you to attend a workshop “Professional Skills and Training for Future Jobs in the Marine Economy” on 17 November (12-13.30CET) at the upcoming Business2Sea event.

The objective of the workshop is to present the MATES Maritime Technologies Skills Strategy for the shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy sectors in Europe and obtain feedback from attendees. The workshop will present how skill requirements in the Blue Economy will likely change in the future as a result of emerging trends such as digitalisation, the rising demand for more sustainable practices and the adoption of new technologies. The results of the MATES project will be presented, showing the steps followed to develop a Skills Strategy involving the quadruple helix in the European maritime technologies sector. The outcomes of a selection of Pilot Experiences conducted by MATES partners will be presented. These Pilot Experiences have been developed and performed in order to test the Skills Strategy in different contexts.

To conclude, there will be an open discussion on the Skills Strategy, which contains a list of 32 key recommendations, insights and trends and all attendees will be invited to participate in the discussions. All stakeholders are also welcome to provide feedback through email by contacting by 30 November 2021. Access the MATES Maritime Technologies Skills Strategy.


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MATES Workshop Agenda

  • Welcome words, Rui Azevedo, Forum Oceano
  • MATES project overview: building a skills strategy for the maritime technologies. Lucía Fraga Lago, MATES project coordinator, CETMAR
  • Freeboard: A boat model developed with VET students as a learning space to reproduce a real work environment in the training centre. Galicia (Es). Raquel Rodríguez, CIPF Ferrolterra (TBC).
  • Offshore renewable energy courses:  crash courses to provide information on the marine energy sector. Galicia (Es) Scotland (UK). Jennifer Fox, Aquatera.
  • MOOCs on Industry 4.0 and the naval sector: A set of massive Open courses to address the mismatch of skills acquired through education and the needs of companies. “Shipbuilding and Industry 4.0” and “Integrated Logistic Support and Industry 4.0”. Galicia (Es) Laura Alonso, CT Ingenieros.
  • Training seminar “Additive Manufacturing and Risk Management in the Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Sectors”: A test of the transfer of results from the MATES skills strategy to Greece, involving key training providers. (Gr). Giorgios Tsafonias, CERTH-HIT (TBC).
  • MATES Skills Strategy for Maritime Industry and proposed recommendations. Lucía Fraga Lago, MATES project coordinator, CETMAR.
  • Debate with the audience. Invitation to provide feedback to the strategy.
  • Moderator: Rui Azevedo, Forum Oceano.

Business2Sea is an international event aimed at bringing together all the Blue Economy stakeholders, promoting networking and fostering business opportunities. This year is the eleventh edition of Business2Sea and will take place 16 to 18 November in a hybrid format with on-site sessions taking in Vigo (Spain) for the first time, at AFUNDACION. Organised by CETMAR, together with Fórum Oceano-Asociação da Economia do Mar de Portugal, Business2Sea will offer as usual a diversified agenda, including conferences and thematic workshops, B2B meetings and pitching sessions, addressing a number of topics related to the resilience for a new blue economy.