Youth Employment in Ports of the Mediterranean
The YEP MED project was born out of the need to better match the labour market skills needs and dual TVET offers in the Mediterranean port communities’ sector in order to contribute to jobs creation and facilitate productive economic growth. With a particular focus on the benefits for youth, and especially NEETs and women’s opportunities, YEP MED will increase and upgrade local employment opportunities through the strengthening of the skills sought for by SMEs and start-ups.
Start date: September 2020
Duration: 30 months
Countries Represented: 7
2.9 M€ (90% EU Contribution)
Date of publication of the open tender: 18th of November 2022.
Due date: 3rd of December 2022.
TECHNICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIFICATIONS GOVERNING THE SERVICE CONTRACT FOR THE SUPPORT TO THE MANAGEMENT AND COORDINATION OF THE PROJECT: YEP MED – B_A.3.1_0197 (ENI CBC SEA BASEN 2014-2020)
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Ports connected to international trade, environment and sustainability, digitalisation, port logistics and transport networks are currently one of the main focuses of job creation in the Blue Economy. Additionally, the ports ecosystem has a high concentration of companies that are usually bigger than in other sectors, allowing a bigger investment and jobs absorption capacity. This potential can influence dual technical and vocational education and training (TVET) with job-oriented placement schemes to increase the employability of NEET rates and the youth in Logistic Port Communities of the Mediterranean region. Facing this challenge, YEP MED proposes to impact TVET offers and occupational training by targeting three areas with skills shortages: foreign trade, environment and sustainability, digitalisation and port logistic operations. It will develop port-logistics TVET resources adapted to the sector needs, launch learning programmes with job placements and set-up partnerships between key stakeholders in the 7 countries represented in the project.
YEP MED will adapt 8 training curricula to the real needs of the productive sectors, introducing personalized monitoring to students and creating controlling systems and training courses that address environmental issues.
What will be improved?
YEP MED activities will allow to update dual TVET curricula oriented to port industry, increasing job placement and employment opportunities with adequate and diverse profiles for NEETs and women. As a result, it will help increase employment rates of young people and women by offering real possibilities to work through personalised mentoring programmes (training centers) and tutor programmes (SME’s staff). As a result, there will be a need for a permanent collaboration scheme between TVET providers, private sector representatives and public administrations both at local and international levels.
Who will benefit?
- Young people, mainly NEETs, and women
- Port Authorities and logistic centers (8, 1 per country)
- VET providers and training centers (16 in total)
- SMEs and big companies operating in ports (600 companies in total)
Contribution to policy-making
YEP MED will improve vocational training to provide youth with the skills required by the labour market while influencing future policy through the involvement of public authorities.
The insertion of a YEP MED pilot into national and regional framework policies will serve as a forerunner for the introduction of a dual training system. Trainees will be identified and local training centres and stakeholders will be invited to be a part of the Local Port’s Occupation and Training Working Group (PLWG) to monitor results and assess and organise tailored workshops for them. Based on participative governance structure, all of these actors will coordinate within the PLWG to reach local agreements between Port Authorities, VET and occupational training centres.
- 420 newly contracted persons
- 9 adapted dual TVET curricula
- Training of 4.650 NEETS and women
- Collaboration with at least 600 companies in 7 countries
- 420 enterprises receiving subgrants for mentoring support
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YEP MED Partners
- European School of Short Sea Shipping, EEIG (ES)
- Port Authority of Barcelona (ES)
- Port Authority System of Center-North Tyrrhenian sea (IT)
- Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture of Beirut & Mount Lebanon (LB)
- Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport – port training institute (EG)
- The Mediterranean Institute of Maritime Training (TN)
- Merchant Marine and Ports Authority of Tunisia (TN)
- Valenciaport Foundation (ES)
- Marseille Fos Port (FR)
- Damietta Port Authority (EG)
- Aqaba Development Corporation (JO)
Damietta Port: Youth in the Heart of the Maritime Industry/in Escola projects, Issue 41 | Winter 2021, YEP MED
Damietta Port is one of the leading Egyptian Ports in the Mediterranean. It acts both as a gate for local imports and exports and as a hub for the transshipment trade in the East Mediterranean.
The EU-funded projects YEP MED and INTERNISA support and upskill young Lebanese women in time of crisis/in Issue 41 | Winter 2021, YEP MED
In today’s difficult economic climate in Lebanon where young Lebanese women have very little hopes in attaining successful professional careers, the EU-funded YEP MED project came at a crucial time to support the Lebanese youth and provide it with strength and hope to believe in a better tomorrow, as well as ease their entries into the labour market through the offered training programmes in the field of port logistics.
New Technologies, New Technical Skills/in Issue 41 | Winter 2021, YEP MED
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented changes in the way we are doing business, leaving hundreds of thousands of employees working from their homes and thus redefining the concept of “distance”. Seafarers faced unprecedented worldwide lockdown and severe travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis has taught us that things can go horribly and unexpectedly wrong at times, Keep learning something new, keep enhancing your skills. You never know what might help in times of crisis.