Lifelong Learning Programme, Leonardo Da Vinci programme for Vocational Education & Training.
The European shipping industry faces fierce global competition, and a shortage of 27,000 seafaring officers is predicted by 2015. For the sector to survive, the quality of European MET standards must not fall. IMO has revised the STCW to improve the quality of maritime education and training (MET). Many countries have initiated studies to ensure the revised standards are implemented soon. And not only governments but other parties in the maritime community are keen to establish an effective MET system for all. IMPACT will promote LLP projects focused on raising standards in MET through international co-operation, innovative use of IT, and the standardisation of Maritime English testing and certification. With half of the 80% of accidents taking place at sea due to poor communication, widespread implementation of these project materials, courses and tests will save lives, reduce material and financial losses for businesses.
The European shipping industry faces fierce competition from the Far East, and a shortage of 27,000 seafaring officers is predicted by 2015. For the waterborne sector to remain competitive, the quality of European standards must not be allowed to fall. By raising standards in the field of European MVET, and providing institutions with tools to improve the quality of the education that they provide, the employability and mobility of European seafarers will be increased.
All of the LLP projects to be valorised were developed according to international standards such as the International Maritime Organisation´s Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping. All project results promote competencies specified to these standards, and many lead to internationally recognised qualifications.
The consortium has considerable experience in developing educational programmes and innovative ICT resources for MVET institutions. Many projects are ongoing. The results of previous projects have been well received, and have been incorporated into many MVET programmes across Europe. For example: EGMDSS now has over 27,000 users, and is used by several major MVET institutions. IMPACT aims to bring together the results of successfully completed projects and promote them under one banner with the ultimate aim of spreading good practice and innovative ICT tools to MVET providers.