‘Towards a pact for skills in the maritime technology industry’ workshop report

On Monday 16th November 2020 MATES coordinator Technology Centre of the Sea – CETMAR Foundation facilitated a workshop “Towards a pact for skills in the maritime technology industry” as part of Business2Sea. Business2Sea is an international event facilitating interaction among people and organisations and promoting projects and businesses within the marine economy. The event is organised by Forum Oceano and Technology Centre of the Sea – CETMAR Foundation.

The workshop presented 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.

During the workshop, participants were broken into smaller groups for in-depth discussion and debate on the implementation of the proposed Pact for Skills of the European Skills Agenda. The Pact for Skills of the European Skills Agenda is a new engagement model to encompass efforts from industry, public and private employers, social partners, education and training providers and employment agencies.

Overall, the workshop made a very positive contribution towards disseminating information about the Pact for Skills among the maritime community. The discussions and recommendations put forward by the participants provided insights from a stakeholder perspective.

The full report can be accessed here.

Summaries of the group discussions are provided below.


Offshore Renewable Energy Group

This group focused on the goals of a large partnership within the context of a Pact for Skills among the maritime communities and ecosystems. The main recommendations were:

  • Raising awareness of existing opportunities in terms of new occupations, the need to scale up training offers and overcome existing barriers (e.g. language, geographical location).
  • Standardisation of skills to support transparency and skill recognition. The ESCO database was identified as a possible tool to support this.
  • Recognition of efforts to create collaborations between academia and industry through incentives or recognition schemes.
  • Creation of synergies between maritime subsectors (called “maritime ecosystems” in the Pact for Skill) to ensure an overarching “maritime focus” to explore lessons learned and promote career transitions between subsectors.

Maritime Transport Group

This group focused on the pros and cons of the different types of participation and commitment required within the Pact for Skills for it to be successful. The main discussions were:

  • While large partnerships can support the sharing of knowledge and experience, they can be challenging in terms of time and effort required.
  • National or regional partnerships could be a good initial step to ensure that concerted efforts can be made in local areas among schools, unions, ship owners etc. Outcomes and learnings from these collaborations could then be brought to an international level which would allow for better knowledge exchange and could pave the way for the creation of a more robust large-scale partnership.

Shipbuilding Group

The shipbuilding sector is to be included in a broader pact together with the Mobility, Transport and Automotive sectors. The main discussions were:

  • Overall, it was agreed that access to more information on the Pact for Skills would allow companies to raise awareness among their partners.
  • There are a number of existing projects focused on collaboration within the shipbuilding sector e.g. About – Consortex and these could be used as a starting point for building more synergies.


The session also showcased the outcomes and proposals of MATES alongside the complementary projects SeaSkills and Sherpa do Mar. The focus was on key sectors such as shipbuilding, blue renewable energy and maritime transport.




Access the video recording of the presentations here.


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