The National Workshop in Finland was held in Haiko Manor Hotel (Porvoo) on 23-24 September 2015.
It was attended by 9 stakeholder representatives, from the Finnish Port Operators Association, Educational institutes, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, and Trade Unions.
The workshop was successful and generated fruitful discussions among different stakeholders related to port workers training and education. Group work enabled to prioritize the themes that are relevant for Finland regarding the trends in the port sector and health and safety issues.
The main aspects concerning Finland in the context of trends in the port sector and associated training needs are related to structural changes, new opportunities and multi-skilling. Structural changes cause investments, for example in Green Ports and LNG infrastructure. Also, the number of ports is anticipated to decrease in the future. As Finnish ports have small volumes, automation may not make economic sense. Small ports with multiple types of cargo require multi-skilling. Need for supplementary training and education is highly relevant.
Regarding the health and safety issues, the participants prioritized overweighed containers as the most important. Also, fumigated containers and lashing/unlashing were considered relatively important among the priorities proposed by the Social Dialogue Committee. Other health and safety issues that were considered as important and should be improved are musculoskeletal disorders partly caused by poor ergonomics, lopsided load in containers, communication problems and lack of education.
The National Workshop in Lithuania took place in Klaipeda from 30th September to 1st October, 2015.
It was attended by twelve stakeholder representatives from Port Authorities, companies, training centers, education and training institutions from Lithuania and Latvia.
The main topics discussed during the Workshop in Lithuania included an overview of training in European ports; the importance of training in the port sector; training through social dialogue and competency based training in ports; trends in the port sector and associated training needs. Findings of the local study on the profile of the port sector in Lithuania and the relevant training system were presented during the workshop. In addition, Health & Safety (H&S) issues and priorities were identified. In addition to the six priority H&S issues that have been identified by the European Ports Social Dialogue Committee, several others were presented and discussed.
Brainstorming activities emphasized on the current and future national training needs for port workers; obstacles in implementing the appropriate training of port workers; and the identification of possible measures to remove such obstacles.