The work plan is based on a three step approach including:
- Examine the current EU ports labor supply profile and existing training programmes;
- Consider future developments in the port sector and determine related labor demand profiles and training needs;
- Identify current and future H&S priorities that will result from the developments in the port sector and determine relevant training needs.
EUPORTRAItS will provide a basis for a “broad and open dialog with social stakeholders” through the establishment of a stakeholders’ network from the very beginning of the project. Seven national committees with representatives from legal authorities (ministries of labour, transport and/or education), employees (unions, port workers associations, etc.) and the employers/industrial sector (ports, port associations,etc.) will be established for each of the participating Member States. These preparatory activities will take place in WP2.
The national social partners will provide expert input on the current status of port workers training in the different Member States and on major issues and challenges facing each party and the industry in general. Seven national workshops will be organized to present and discuss project findings and discuss the future trends in the port industry and the future training needs. These activities will take place within the context of WP3.
Special emphasis will be given on Health and Safety issues. In collaboration with the relevant SDC (Social Dialogue Committee) sub-committee, H&S issues and priorities will be identified and will be related to port processes. Training needs to address H&S issues now and into the future will be analyzed. These activities will take place within the context of WP4.
The EU-PORTRAIts Structure
The project includes a strong and focused capitalization and cross fertilization strategy (WP5) which aims to open the social dialog to the key societal actors and support consensus building on the next steps that need to be made for achieving the objective of a sustainable and efficient EU port system. It also includes a foresight component, which will examine the anticipated future developments in the ports and maritime sector in relation to the human resource demand profiles, skills and training needs for EU ports in the 2030 horizon. To this end, two large Dissemination –Cross Fertilization events are going to take place within the 30-month project implementation period along with the National Technical Workshops and a web platform providing information on national and EU level legislation and best practices.