Theme 6. Blue skills (re-skilling and upskilling), careers and employment

Theme 6. Blue skills (re-skilling and upskilling), careers and employment

  • An evidence-based study is needed for where the needs in terms of skills are. A lot of statements are based on impressions and anecdotal. Give the youth an ambitious policy goal to work towards it (a model sustainability region). Shorter trainings on topical issues that complement more substantive studies are a good tool. EMUNI
  • The private sector at local scales understand better the opportunity to interact with other sectors than at the larger scales. Diversification of traditional maritime sectors could be a start. The development of marine protected areas, the declaration of historical sites to promote the common culture in the Mediterranean could be useful. Mobility programs for local leaders and stakeholders to share experiences and lessons learnt amongst maritime private sectors have shown its utility in other parts of the world. Having National Authorities on board and providing full support to these initiatives and incentive the development of new ones at local scale is the best recipe, replication of good practices. The majority of these initiatives do not require major financial investments. IOC-UNESCO
  • FAO can offer extensive e-learning to all blue economy sectors linked to food. E-learning for maritime staff, passengers, and people linked to the value chains are essential to spread the awareness. Sustainable Food Systems platform in the Mediterranean Region can offer an approach to mainstream good practices. The Food summit in 2021 could take this platform (FAO UfM CHIEAM) as an example. FAO
  • Enhancement of blue strategies with links between environmental NGO’s and socio-economy entreprises and reinforcement the role of local authorities for public sensibilisation about the circular blue economy importance. INSTM – Tunisia
  • Workshops and regional conferences and Training programs. National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (NIOF),Egypt
  • Mediterranean marine science must reinforce its position by building a greater knowledge base, by training the next generation of practitioners to think across disciplines, by breaking down traditional barriers across sectors and countries, and by communicating a wider awareness of the seas to the general public. We need to educate the next generation of marine urban designers and engineers, resource managers, and scientists in development and application of eco-engineering and nature-based solution for marine infrastructure and spatial planning. University of Bolognae
  • Incentives to startup in this field. CNR
  • -Training of young people in the EB sector,
    – Governments must encourage the creation of new jobs in the EB sector.  National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technologies (Tunisia)
  • 1-Create a platform and permanent members of the blue economy
    2-Activating the role of members on this platform in every conference and symposium locally and internationally
    3-Add other sectors to this platform by listening to their opinions and involving them in decision-making
    4-Presenting pilot projects to governmental and private institutions and providing them with job opportunities
    5-Providing scholarships for entrepreneurial ideas and benefiting from their experiences and experiences.   Ministry of Economy – Palestine
  • Better connect with EU research platforms such as Copernicus, EMODnet, BlueCloud, etc. Focus a large postdoctoral training (Marie Curie) for the Med students, create networks, etc.  Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna
  • Yes, indeed a platform which allow the private and public actors contributing to Educational process, courses and alternate trainings will be very useful to upskilling and reskilling in the blue economy.  AMFORHT
  • Education and awareness is key to improving climate change adaptation and mitigation (Climate Crisis).  Presa Puente Estrecho de Gibraltar, SA
  • Un vrai partenariat entre les institutions d’enseignement supérieur, les experts de ce sujet scientifique et les acteurs locaux directement liés aux questions clés de l’économie circulaire.  DynMed Alentejo – Associação para Estudos e Projectos de Desenvolvimento Regional Projectos de Dese
  • A ce stade, je pense qu’il faut vulgariser l’économie bleue chez tous les peuples de la méditerranée et surtout chez les étudiants. Aussi, il est important de diffuser la plateforme existante chez les jeunes et le grand public.   Association Tunisienne de l’Ingénierie Côtière, Portuaire et Maritime (ATIM)
  • L’importance de parvenir à une définition commune de l’économie bleue ,qui peut inclure ,entre autre ;l’ensemble des activités humaines dépendant de la mer et/ou sous tendues par les interactions terre/mer dans le cadre du développement durable en considérant que la mer est le futur de la terre et inciter  au niveau national et régional à changer et développer les mentalités des jeunes citoyens  à s’orienter vers les métiers de la mer et qui comprend notamment des secteurs de l’industrie et des services tels que l’aquaculture ,la pêche ,les biotechnologies bleues ;le tourisme nautique littoral et maritime ,le transport maritime, la construction, l’architecture et la réparation navale, les ports  ,l’énergie ,des vagues et des houles et l’énergie marine renouvelable ,y compris l’éolien  offshore  ;qui représentent   les principaux secteurs économiques maritimes traditionnels et émergents dans le bassin méditerranéen .L’importance du renforcement des capacités  humaines et de la mobilité des étudiants, des chercheurs et des travailleurs afin d’encourager la création d’emplois bleus ,la mise en place d’un ou plusieurs réseaux et/ou le renforcement des réseaux existants entre les institutions d’éducation ,de formation et de recherches concernées dans les métiers maritimes et de la mer qui répondent aux besoins des professions dédiées ;seraient bénéfiques pour la création de nouveaux cursus ;programmes d’enseignement et professions dans l’économie bleue ;par exemple dans les domaines des nouvelles technologies (la construction et l’architecture navale et les industries nautiques et halieutiques…),de la sécurité maritime  et des gens de mer et l’intelligence bleue  et permettant de stimuler les compétences et l’employabilité dans le bassin méditerranéen.  Cluster Maritime Tunisien
  • The creation and strengthening of alliances among stakeholders should be encouraged and an interesting way to do this would be to use the platform and create 3 forums: one for training, one for information exchange and participation, and another for generating joint initiatives among actors who may have similar ideas or projects and facilitating their implementation.  UNIVERSIDAD DE MURCIA
  • Regional NGO networks can play an important role in upskilling and reskilling the sector. Strong awareness raising and capacity building campaign. NGOs has an important role to play to achieve this goal. The Med Blue Economy Stakeholder Platform is the right place to discuss and agree on this campaign. There should be enough resources to enable the active committed partners to get involved in the campaign. PPP is needed to ensure sustainability.  RAED – Arab Network for Environment and Development
  • For fighting the Brain Drain; allow me to suggest consulting the HOMERe Programme: it is designed for helping youth employability and retaining skills inside the Mediterranean region through designed approach that engage: educational entity, student, business association and private sector. Again, to “upskill” and “reskill”; this will require to assess through studies / research on ground to understand the current situation and circumstances and required skills to exist inside the institution. The institution can tell more about their future needs. Concerning the training, it might be advisable creating an online platform for training – supported by Multilanguage – allowing usage cross Mediterranean. Still to re-emphasize, training expected outcomes should be directly related to the required skills and competencies to gain.  The-Marketer.net / HOMERe Permanent Secretariat South Shore Mediterranean
  • Enhancing employability and particularly of women and youth does not start with upskilling and reskilling but with education “per se”. The lack of awareness is not limited to the existence of tools on reskilling, etc., but on blue economy within the sustainable development concept itself and on the needed conditions and tools to achieve them.
    Then comes, of course, the inadequacy of current Mediterranean Higher Education and vocational training systems to satisfy the needs not only of enterprises but also of public institutions, local authorities and CSOs to support appropriate Governance.
    The Mediterranean Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development (MSESD) endorsed in 2014 by the Ministers of Environment of the UfM and its Action Plan adopted by Ministries of Education in 2016 offer a useful guide framework for specific activities addressing the above issues. There is a need for rapid adaptation of the curricula and the culture of Mediterranean Educational Institutions. The latter should be revisited following consultations with regional (Mediterranean), national and local institutions and stakeholders at all levels. In this exercise the Med Blue Economy Platform may play a useful role.  Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE)
  • There should be an exchange program similar to Erasmus Mundus or Leonardo which enhances exchange of students and workers of different regions of the Mediterranean to raise awareness of differences and similiarities between all the areas of the Mediterranean and strengthen links between countries and people. The Med Blue Economy Stakeholder Platform can be the perfect institution to manage and address such a program.  ECONCRETE
  • – To integrate blue economy in educational programmes (e.g. schools, universities, etc.)
    – To offer specialized training courses on specific topics of the blue economy sector
    – To support quadruple helix approaches within transversal projects in order to address the needs of private and public sectors
    – MED Blue Economy Stakeholder Platform: it should collect the most relevant results of past and existing projects on blue economy; it should give support in the translation of documents, tools, etc. in order to reach a wider audience in the MED region; a “find your partner” section could be developed where needs and offers of users could be posted.   BETA Tech Center, UVic/UCC – Interreg MED Green Growth
  • The Mediterranean Blue Economy Stakeholder Platform could host a “web hub” in which affiliated stakeholders (public sector, institutes, universities, private sector) could announce needs for networking and participation on joined projects addressing all blue economy themes.  REGION WESTERN GREECE
  • Involve schools (especially high schools) in all the projects developed in the area.  University of Siena
  • The human element is a crucial factor to responsibly unlock the Blue Growth potential of the Mediterranean Sea. The skills gap between the education on offer and the labour market need to be closed by increasing cooperation between academia and industry. The attractiveness of the blue sectors shall be increased too, including towards women, and by means of ocean literacy. A massive exploitation of digital technologies for training purposes, including virtual or augmented reality, can serve these purposes.
    As far as concern the academia, building on the experiences of existing networks, the following aims can be pursued to prepare the next generation of blue-economy scientists, technologist and entrepreneurs: further promote the alignment of high-education curricula, design joint MSc, PhD programs, short-term scientific exchanges.
    The Med Blue Economy Stakeholder Platform can serve from one side to integrate and make accessible the educational offer in the area. From the other, to connect incubators, startups, investors, accelerators, entrepreneurs, corporate networks, universities for increasing innovative blue ecosystems. In addition, the development/integration of an electronic platform for e-mentoring of young start-uppers in blue growth acting like a virtual incubator to create a lively ecosystem of entrepreneurs of innovation, can be explored.   National Research Council of Italy
  • Il y a besoin de mettre accent sur l’implication soutenu des femmes dans la prise de décision le mainstreaming du genre , et mieux inciter le secteur privé à contribuer aux actions d’appui et formation des compétences.  Ministère de l’agriculture, pêche maritime, développement durable eaux et forêts: département pêche maritime – Maroc
  • Exchange of educational experiences in different countries assists in understanding cultural differences and enhance unity and direction to common goals in the blue economy.   Malta Maritime Forum
  • Sharing of best practices and knowledge must be enhanced especially through regular virtual and presential meetings (annual technical workshops for large groups, regular technical exchange visits in small groups).
    A permanent training mechanism could also be set-up (see for example the training mechanism for MPA managers coordinated by MedPAN with MPAs playing the role of “training centers” as they will host regular trainings and benefit from tailored training cursus).   MedPAN, the Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas Network
  • – Invest in education and awareness-raising, creating opportunities to develop new Blue Skills at all educational levels, and bridge the gaps between sectors’ demands and labor skills by upgrading skills as well.
    – Public authorities should establish new employment programmes based on the cooperation between industry and education.
    – Strengthening the sense of Mediterranean community belonging is a precondition to motivate people to contribute with their expertise to the sustainable development of Mediterranean areas, and thus a good means to fight against brain drain.
    – Filling the skills gap in blue economy sectors. Local and regional authorities should encourage the creation of new “Blue careers” based on key demanding sectors in the Mediterranean such as sustainable tourism at all levels of education, and should promote worker’s digital, linguistic, managerial, and ecological skills carrying out tailored vocational training.
    – Integrated educational programs, taking in consideration the different sectors of the blue economy shall be implemented (e.g. InnoBlueGrowth Horizontal Interreg MED project’s Summer School – Kotor – 2019), observing a more global approach for what regards Mediterranean territories as a whole. The blue economy sectors are not independent one from another, most of the times intersect or even converge.   Med Blue Growth community
  • I’d suggest that making a non-conclusive list of skills as a prerequisite to be listed among “green blue tourism” labeled destinations, as an incentive to seek upskilling and reskilling. Fostering this incentive with a subsidizing program for trainings and capacity building to obtain these new skills, would also guarantee this trend among the blue economy sector’s operators.  Green Community NGO
  • -Apporter de nouvelles compétences aux personnels portuaires comme la gestion des déchets, des pollutions mais également des mesures en faveur de la biodiversité.
    -Mettre en œuvre des actions dont les efficiences écologique et financiers reviennent en quasi-totalité sur le territoire concernés (emplois…).  ECOCEAN
  • – Former les jeunes entrepreneurs sur l’économie
    -Former les femmes et les jeunes sur les métiers de l’économie bleue qui les permettent de gagner leur vie
    – Donner des avantages en terme de taxation aux entreprises qui se focalisent sur l’économie bleue;    Assistance Communautaire et Développement (ASCOM)