CMES-WestMed: Common Maritime Education Standards in the West Mediterranean

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Project abstract

CMES-WestMed will create a shared methodology for developing training programmes for seafarers and implement three pilot training courses, including a teachers’ mobility programme.

The general Objective of Project CMES-WestMed is to establish a sustainable network of Maritime Education and Training Institutes, Public Authorities and Private actors of the maritime transport sector in the Western Mediterranean. The network will be based on the joint commitment to the adoption of a shared methodology for developing training courses based on common standards of qualifications in the Western Mediterranean through a stable networking among maritime education institutes  and public-private dialogue between maritime education institutes and actors of the maritime transport and logistics sector. The network will develop the methodology in a cooperative way and test it through the implementation of 3 pilot training courses.

Mediterranean countries are currently experiencing a relevant mismatch between offer of skills and demand of the market for maritime transport professions; The maritime industry laments that it is increasingly difficult to find people with the right practical skills to work in maritime transport, especially as officers at the sea. There are several reasons for this situation, among which:

  • Maritime professions are not well promoted and young people lack awareness of the opportunities offered by maritime careers.
  • Despite the highly international nature of the maritime transport sector, maritime education and training is dominated by national specificities that hampers international mobility of professionals.

In regard to this particular aspect, education and training in maritime transport, is characterised by national differences and specificities, most notably in methods for the development of competences and delivery of certificates which are often recognised only at the national level.

While the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) sets standards of certifications for certain aspects of work in maritime transport, it does not encompasses many qualifications that companies requires from perspective employees. For example, despite the importance of electronics on modern vessels, the STCW does not envisage any certificate on electronics and despite the importance of using correct language and terminology, there is no common standard on teaching of maritime English. Furthermore, whilst higher education degrees are standardised and recognised through the Bologna process within the EU, this is not true for education and training in non¬EU countries and for vocational education and training and practical training in seagoing which represents the most important component of maritime professionals’ training.

The CMES-WestMed Project will address the current mismatch of skill demand and offer through:

  • the definition and adoption of a methodology for the development of training courses for seafarers on the basis of common standards of qualifications;
  • the testing of the methodology through the joint development of pilot training courses in selected subjects;
  • the establishment of a sustainable network of Maritime Training and Education institutes based on the common commitment to the above- mentioned methodology and the sharing and pooling of resources;
  • the joint implementation of an awareness and career guidance programme aimed at promoting maritime careers in which there is a current shortage of personnel in the western Mediterranean sea basin.
Project duration
01/01/2019 - 31/12/2020
Project acronym
CMES-WestMed
Call ID
EASME/EMFF/2017/1.2.1.12 - Sustainable Blue Economy
Beneficiaries
Fondazione Istituto tecnico superiore per la mobilità sostenibile - Settori trasporti marittimi e pesca - Accademia Italiana della Marina Mercantile, FAIMM (Italy)
Ecole Nationale Supérieure Maritime, ENSM (France)
Institut Méditerranéen de Formation aux Métiers Maritimes (IMFMM), IMFMM (Tunisia)
EU contribution
499.055,00 EUR

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