Athens hosted yesterday the kick-off meeting of EU-PORTRAItS. The project is funded by the Seventh Framework Programme for R & D of the European Union (FP7) and will be running for the next 30 months.
Project’s scope is to examine the current “map of the EU ports human capital” in relation to the sector’s needs and requirements that, under the spectrum of technological changes can ensure safe and efficient operations in EU ports industry.
EU-PORTRAItS aims to identify views and potential impediments in the adoption of a mutually recognizable port worker training framework and to better understand the status of port worker training in different Member States; issues and challenges faced; and progress and hurdles toward the adoption of the ILO guidelines and the potential establishment of training quality or reference standards.
To support this objective, a network of relevant stakeholders will be established at the early stages of the project and will be open to new participants throughout the course of the it, aiming to facilitate a dialogue and the active participation of social partners.
The project's consortium is led by the Greek Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH / HIT) and includes the Port Institute for Studies and Cooperation of the Valencian Community-Feports (ES), Jacobs University Bremen (DE), Hamburg Port Training Institute (DE), Consorzio Formazione Logistica Intermodale (IT), Technical Research Centre of Finland, Research Centre Klaipeda Shipping (LT) and Port Training Institute EXANTAS (GR).