MATES presented at EC-funded Sea of Experience project


MATES partner Eleftherios Sdoukopoulos, Associate Researcher at CERTH (The Centre for Research & Technology, Hellas, Greece), presented “Building a Marine Technology Skilling Strategy – the MATES project approach and achieved resultsat the Sea of Experience 1st Annual Dissemination/Technical workshop on 21 October 2020.

Sea of Experience is a regionally-oriented project that aims at establishing a training/mentoring network; the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Network (EMReN), for professionals and youngsters related to maritime transport, shipbuilding and ship repair, ports and the cruise industry. Sea of Experience and MATES have a common connection as Sea of Experience aims to bridge the skills gap between education offer and labour market needs. One of CERTH’s key roles in MATES is the identification of the current skills gaps in the shipbuilding and offshore renewables sectors which resulted in the report “Baseline report on present skills gaps in shipbuilding and offshore renewables value chains” which was published in October 2019.

A recent supplementary report also produced by MATES, is a result of an intensive consultation process held with the maritime technologies industry between April and July 2020 which further validates the reported skills gaps and shortages of the existing workforce.

More information on the MATES supplementary skills report is available here.

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