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Start date: Sep 1, 2014, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The proposed project aims to contribute to the improvement of the quality and attractiveness of the Continuing VET for fishers and to address existing needs of the fisheries and the CVET sectors. The fisheries sector is recognized as one of the pillars of development at national, European and international level. The extent of its contribution to sustainable development, economic growth and food security highly depends on the knowledge, skills and competences of fishers. Continuing Vocational Education and Training (CVET) has a central role in responding to the changing training needs and new challenges this target group faces. Through CVET, knowledge, skills and competences are improved and updated, new ones are acquired allowing adaptation to the changing requirements and new developments. In the E.U. agenda and strategy, investment in human capital through training and improvement and adaptation of CVET systems to the ongoing developments is a priority. The objective of the project is to identify the IVET needs in knowledge, skills and competences of fishers and subsequently develop an enhanced and updated open source Training Course Curriculum. Moreover, in countries (like Greece) where no form of VET for fishermen exists, through the Pilot implementation and the Project's publicity, it will help in popularizing and spreading such activities. A consortium of seven partners from five countries, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Spain and Ireland is formed utilizing individual and collective expertise. The Project consists of 11 Work Packages covering in well thought detail Project Management and Implementation and Intellectual Outputs issues. More specifically: Project, Quality & Financial Management, Design and Development of a Portal and Transfer of Innovation and Best Practices in Fisheries and CVET website, Identifying Fishers’ Needs in Knowledge, Skills and Competences Development of the CVET program and guides, Design and Development of an E-learning Platform, Development of Short Courses’ Learning Material, Learning/Teaching/Training Activities, evaluation and review of the CVET program and guides, Implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Dissemination Activities, Development of policy recommendations. The Project covers a well-identified need in CVET in a region and sector not well versed in those principles. It aims to have a lasting contribution to the field by establishing and popularizing the best standards for those who gain their livelihood in the fisheries sector. The benefits will penetrate local and regional communities (Greece-Turkey), since a special attention will be paid to a. map local needs in knowledge, skills and competences, b. test and evaluate the curricula by getting feedback from the local target groups, c. paying special attention to fortifying the community capacity building and the regional development. In addition, the aim is to contribute to the understanding of, and implementation of the E.U. policies and recommendations (e.g. Mediterranean fisheries policies, ICVET policies etc), while furthering the E.U efforts by mapping the current situation in the sectors involved and give feedback on the way forward based on the outcomes of the project. Lastly, but not least, it will assist in engaging relevant stakeholders to promote such activities It will produce added value in three dimensions: 1. At the educational-training level: The research team will draw together and incorporate the innovative intellectual output developed in relevant Lifelong Learning E.U. Programmes and other EU funded projects, as well as the practices successfully implemented at the european context, while adapting them to the new developments and requirements of the E.U. fisheries, education (VET) and economic sector. A learning outcomes approach will be used, based on the principles of European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) to enable the development of a Sectoral qualifications framework within the framework of European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and future recognition and accreditation. 2. At the operational level: A special emphasis and care is given to quality assurance of processes, deliverables and communication/sustainability strategies by a. setting a quality assurance framework based on E.U. requirements, b. testing and assessing the deliverables through a pilot training in the participating countries, and c. by creating a web-network of stakeholders through a web-platform for communicating the need for empowering fishermen/women and the deliverables of the project, while setting the ground for the sustainability of the initiative. 3. At the policy-making level: Policy recommendations on Continuing Vocational and Education Training (CVET) for fishermen will be developed in view of supporting the policy-making at the E.U. and national level and assisting its implementation.

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