APDL – Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do Castelo, SA, one of the Portuguese associated partners of the Onboard, hosted the final conference of the project in Leça da Palmeira – Portugal on 19th of September 2019.
Frederico Ferreira from Fórum Oceano (Portugal) invited the audience to know and comment Onboard resources and path, by introducing the aims of the final Conference. Andreia Monteiro from INOVA+ (Portugal) made a brief introduction to the Onboard project, presenting its framework, goals, resources and activities developed, as well as the expected steps to assure the sustainability and exploitation of the project’s results.
The conference was structured in two main sessions.
A first session, focused on the topic “Needs and trends of the ports and logistics sector”, moderated by Marinho Dias from APDL (Portugal), in which David Rea from Marine South East (United Kingdom), Maria Looney from Halpin Centre (Ireland) and Eduardo Martins from ISCIA (Portugal) shared the main results of the study held by the partnership at the beginning of the project. In detail, in this session, partners had the opportunity of briefly introducing the apprenticeship system in each one of the countries, identifying the needs and trends in terms of qualifications, professional profiles and available offer in the capacity building of workers of the ports and logistics sector.
“VET-Business cooperation in the apprenticeships” was the topic of the second session, that counted with the contributions from Jaime Vieira dos Santos from the Comunidade Portuária de Leixões (Portugal), Hélder Alves from INDRA (Portugal) and Gisela Ferreira from FOR-MAR (Portugal), representing organisations acting in the ports and logistics sector. The session was moderated by Paulo Antunes from the Ministério da Educação (Portugal) and besides providing an overview of the strategy that Onboard partners can follow to assure the sustainability and exploitation of its results, allowed to the audience to better know the challenges that the maritime sector and Blue Economy are facing I the next years.
In the closure of the conference, Frederico Ferreira from Fórum Oceano (Portugal) challenged the audience to use and benefit from the resources developed by the Onboard partnership, namely:
- A sectoral plan for the design of new technical profiles and joint curricula
- Technical profiles for the ports and logistics sector
- Curricula for the ports and logistics sector
- An apprenticeship model
- A training program for key-professionals