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The overall aim of the MATES project was to respond to the ongoing evolution in the maritime industry and develop a strategic plan coupled with effective implementation measures that will dynamically tackle the existing/foreseen skills shortage. This in turn contributes to a more resilient labour market, capable of adapting to new scenarios, and aiming to safeguard the well-being of present and future maritime-dependent communities and the overall competitiveness of the industry.

TITLE: Maritime Alliance for fostering the European Blue economy through a Marine Technology Skilling Strategy
INSTRUMENT: Sector Skills Alliances (SSA)
TOTAL BUDGET: €4.9 million
DURATION: January 2018 - December 2021 (48 months)
COORDINATOR: Centro tecnológico del mar, Fundación (CETMAR)
CONSORTIUM: 17 partners from 8 countries

MATES’ objective was to develop a skills strategy that addresses the main drivers of change to the maritime industry, in particular shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy. Both sectors are strongly linked and require new capacities to succeed in an increasingly digital, green and knowledge driven economy.

As a transversal line of action, MATES carried out a robust dissemination and outreach plan. This aimed to increase the attractiveness of the maritime industry, particularly careers in the shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy sectors, while also ensuring future adoption of the strategy.

MATES validated some of the actions and priorities suggested by the skills strategy through the setup of 11 pilot case studies. These case studies tested the MATES concepts on digital skills, green skills, mobility, innovation management, curricula development and ocean literacy.

Furthermore, the project widened perceptions of Ocean Literacy initiatives by embedding an appropriate industrial perspective. It spread an updated image for the maritime industry and sent out a convincing message concerning the high-tech and long-term future of the maritime sector.


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Funded by the European Union Erasmus+ Programme