STC Group : Blue Career, corporation between stakeholders regarding education
The future labour market is uncertain. Due to an increased complexity of labour processes and computerisation, there is more demand for skilled staff. On the other hand, the number of students for the maritime cluster is increasing which results in a shortage of appropriate number of places for apprenticeship.
Also, schools face difficulties in attracting sufficient experienced lecturers in the maritime cluster. Since future employees of the blue economy need to obtain skills which are changing rapidly, a cooperation between the industry and vocational education institutes to integrate these developments in the educational systems is needed. This year, STC-Group together with Nautilus International, Nederland Maritiem Land, Havenbedrijf Rotterdam N.V. and Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors B.V. started a project in the framework of the Blue Careers. This project, co-funded by EASME of the European Commission, aims to tackle these issues on a regional level and will lay a foundation for developing tools on a national and European level. The goal of the project is to establish a more profound cooperation between all stakeholders regarding education, in order to update the skill level of both workers and students.
STC-Group is setting up a cooperation between experienced teaching staff and employees from the industry possessing contemporary knowledge, including the latest innovation within the blue economy. This will be realised by means of hybrid lecturing. Employees of the maritime cluster will become part time lecturers. Two worlds will synergise by using each other’s strong points: schools will benefit from the latest developments in the industry and will deliver the appropriate skilled graduates to the blue economy. The industry will be able to train and deepen the didactical skills of their employees and transfer their knowledge to students. The aim of the project is to have ten employees of the industry to participate in this hybrid solution, working 2-3 days a week in the school as well as working the rest of the week for their formal employer. The skills needed by the students to be able to work within the sector will be partially trained by lecturers from the sector teaching them. The skills and knowledge required by the hybrid lecturer will be taught in their didactical training within the schools and by learning from other teaching colleagues.
The second pillar of this project is tackling the shortage of sufficient places for obligatory apprenticeship of students following a regular education. These apprenticeship periods are essential for obtaining the skills requested by the industry. An apprenticeship desk will be installed, which will form a unique point of offering and requesting apprenticeship places, as well as a job market: offering job opportunities to students willing to work in the blue economy.