MATES Maritime Technologies Skills Strategy – Open for Feedback

The MATES Maritime Technologies Skills Strategy for the shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy sectors was unveiled at a participatory workshop on 29 September 2021.

The objective of the Skills Strategy is to show how the identified skills gaps in the maritime technology sectors can be bridged and to anticipate future skills gaps. The Skills Strategy is a culmination of almost four years research with stakeholder input gathered from ongoing engagement carried out by the MATES partnership. With a list of 32 key recommendations, insights and trends, the Skills Strategy encompasses the quadruple helix in the European maritime technologies sector. The workshop, which was attended by 75 participants, provided an opportunity for key stakeholders to provide feedback on the Skills Strategy and validate the work done to date.

During the workshop EU policies which frame and support the development of the MATES Blueprint project were addressed. The skills challenges for a sustainable Blue Economy were presented by Ms Andreea Stracinescu (DG MARE). Mr Felix Rohn (DG EMPL) then described the progress of the Pact for Skills, a new engagement model set up as part of the EU Recovery Plan, as a means of bringing together efforts from industry, social partners, education and training providers and employment agencies. Mr Andrei Bunis (DG Grow), focused on the coordination of efforts from the different Directorates of the EU Commission to bridge the skills gaps.

Several MATES partners presented key insights; Ms Lucía Fraga (CETMAR) gave an overview of the Skills Strategy, followed by Mr Eleftherios Sdoukopoulos (CERT-HIT) who shared detailed facts and figures from the skills intelligence results. A group of MATES partners, Susana Bastón Meira, Laura Alonso, Amaya Soto Rey, Renato Pires, Margaret Eleftheriou and Jennifer Fox went on to showcase the main outcomes of the 11 MATES Pilot Experiences which have been developed and performed in order to test the Skills Strategy in different contexts. Lucía Fraga then presented the Skills Strategy on behalf of the project partnership.

Finally, a panel of relevant stakeholders from different European sea-basins presented their views and expectations for the roll out of theSkills Strategy in their regions:

  • Elise Wattrelot, Executive Secretary of Atlantic Arc Commission at the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions, focused on how they are addressing the transfer to the regions.
  • Addressing the Eastern Sea Basins, Martina Rossi, Manager of the Maritime Technology Cluster mareFVG, shared the Adriatic-Ionian Region expectations.
  • Dr Baris Salihoglu, Professor at Middle East Technical University and Coordinator for the Bridge-BS H2020 project, commented on insights from the Black Sea.
  • Ms Ivana Lukic, Planning Consultant at Submariner network for Blue Growth, presented information on the Baltic.
  • Two MATES partners shared their expectations after their involvement in MATES: José Sousa, Pedagogical director of Azores Sea School, from the perspective of the Outermost Regions; and Jorge Regueiro Tato & Diego Sande Veiga, Advisors at the Regional Ministry for Education, from the perspective of the Galicia region, in Spain.

During a survey of the stakeholders present, it was concluded that the participants found the Skills Strategy recommendations relevant.


The partnership is now distributing the MATES Maritime Technologies Skills Strategy to other key stakeholders. This is to allow them to contribute to the development of the final Skills Strategy and ensure that feedback from all representative groups is taken into consideration.

  • Please access the MATES Maritime Technologies Skills Strategy here.
  • Access the workshop report here.
  • View the morning workshop session here and afternoon session here.

If you would like to provide feedback and comments on the report please contact by 30 November 2021.


Photo: Some of the participants at the online MATES workshop 29 September 2021