Promoting Maritime ECVET Actions
Start date: Sep 1, 2014,
End date: Aug 31, 2016
The vocational education in the maritime field is regulated by the International Maritime Organisation IMO’s International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). The Convention aims to universal regulation of maritime education, qualifications and watchkeeping – at least in reaching the minimum requirements. There are, however, major differences between different countries (and VET institutions) on the syllabus level in the contents and structure of maritime VET. The MariePRO project will provide valuable tools and background for the use of the VET institutions on their way to defining the common syllabus structure and content on the European level. It will be emphasized in the project that, when creating the common European framework for MET. The concrete aims of the project include examining the differences between VET institutions in the partner countries, organizing of workshops for maritime VET actors in the partner countries to discuss implementation of ECVET, producing of a Catalogue of Best Practices on ECVET implementation, and drafting an example syllabus for protection of the marine environment according to the STCW provisions.
The MariePRO project arranges altogether six dissemination seminars/workshops for maritime VET teachers in different partner countries, and an international dissemination seminar at the end of the project. The aims of the dissemination workshops include gathering data on the syllabus differences between maritime VET institutions in the partner countries, changing views and compiling data on the practices of implementing ECVET in the maritime VET institutions and aviation sector, and disseminating and promoting of the project. The idea is to commit the VET institutions, teachers and other relevant actors within maritime education and training for adopting the project outcomes by providing them possibilities to participate and contribute to the outcomes in a form of interactive communication in the project events. The dissemination seminar in 2016 is more dedicated to dissemination and valorisation by introducing the project outcomes.
The MariePRO projects aims to provide channels of interactions between European MET institutes, and pave the way for harmonization of syllabus contents in practice, providing the maritime VET actors in the partner countries as well as elsewhere in Europe with tools and preparedness to take actual steps towards implementing ECVET in their everyday activities. The broader aims of the project include promoting to student exchange between VET institutions on common-European and international level.
The impacts of the project at the local and regional level include attracting attention to the maritime professions and raising attractiveness of local and regional MET institutes, and thus attractiveness and dynamics of the regions where the institutes are located. In a larger perspective, the project activities and dissemination actions will also increase the visibility of maritime sector professions and promote to the positive image of the sector.
The partners MariePRO partner consortium comprise an experienced team with practical know-how on ECVET implementation processes in the maritime and benchmarking sectors, experience on ECVET challenges on maritime education and training, as well as project management know-how and professional networks on which to base the effective project actions. The project is coordinated by University of Turku, Finland, and the partners are Centre for Factories of the Future from the United Kingdom, Universitaet Bremen from Germany, Istituto Tecnico Trasporti e Logistica Nautico San Giorgio form Italy and Mediterranean Maritime Research and Training Centre from Malta.
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