Blue skills to feed jobs in the Mediterranean and Black Sea Region

September 4, 2020 10:15 - 11:45

Location: Auditorium 28A


According to DG Mare - European Commission, coasts, seas and oceans have the potential to support growth and jobs in the coming years. In order to achieve blue growth, highly qualified and skilled professionals are needed. Yet many blue economy sectors are experiencing difficulties in finding the right employees – and most sectors expect these difficulties to continue in the near future. This is mainly due to: 1. a skill gap between education offer and labour market needs, especially with regards to technological developments and innovation 2. a cultural barrier between education and industry hampering communication and cooperation 3. a lack of awareness of career opportunities in the blue economy 4. failure to mainstream  ocean literacy Therefore, the event highlights the importance of the blue growth sectors as beacons of of economic growth, social inclusion and labour market attractiveness, and thus as catalysers of job opportunities and employability. This should be particularly attractive the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, which are characterised by a dynamic geopolitical situation, with a high risk of instability, where youth unemployment is increasing and where, above all, awareness is lagging behind about the opportunities in the marine and maritime sectors. Given the mismatch between the number of graduates and the professions available represents an issue for the concerned countries, it is imperative to enhance the educational offer in these geographic areas to align the next generation of labour forces with the emerging economic opportunities. In this context, smart specialisation strategies can support mapping and coordination exercises thought the prioritisation of blue economy sectors such as blue technologies as pillars of S3, enhancing the and the necessary bidirectional dialogue with the educational offer. Accordingly, ports can be the enabler of new job opportunities and may represent a case study for concrete discussion during the event.

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