uBlueTec

Training framework on Underwater Tecs as key enabler for blue careers development

The status quo of blue economy skills’ provision worldwide reveals significant gaps with current and future needs towards a sustainable & carbon neutral economy that is tech-oriented. To this end, technologies used in underwater (UW) missions and activities (both commercial & scientific) are vital for several critical blue economy sectors, such as Offshore renewable energy, Aquaculture, Marine biodiversity protection, UW Cultural Heritage, etc. A common denominator in such sectors is the lack of skilled personnel in using and deploying UW technologies in the context of twin (green/digital) transition, which are the key crossdisciplinary enabler for the above (and many more) sectors employing sustainable/climate neutral blue economy activities.

Motivated from these considerations, uBlueTec aims to set up, test and validate a triple transition training and skills development model (green, blue, digital skills). The model we propose is based on a participatory approach with durable partnerships among universities, VET providers, clusters and SMEs; all active members of blue economy value networks; and all valuable links in the foreseen value-chain of the uBlueTec skills-development model.

In this context, the chief objectives of uBlueTec are: a) Development of educational material and curriculum, linked to microcredentials, and enabling skills-building in state-of-the art UW technologies from a green/digital perspective. 2) Piloting the developed assets at HE & VET levels. 3) Establishment of a Hub on UW Tecs, as a permanent capacity-building structure nurturing the long-lasting collaboration of the involved stakeholders. 4) Deployment of recruitment platform for blue jobs offering online courses and facilitating demand-supply matching between current/future labour force and industries, while intelligently identifying and publishing the skills-gap at regional-national-EU levels. 5) Attraction of young talents in terms of Career Days and Entrepreneurial Bootcamps.

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