21 November 2012 Vasco da Gama is a transnational framework to develop mobility in employment and training for marine and maritime activities in Europe
The general low level of attractiveness of employment in maritime activities, the low quality of jobs, the lack of skills in the workforce employed in different sectors of maritime activities, which limits the competitiveness of the maritime economy. A way to overcome these limits is the improvement of the transnational mobility strategy for young people, in work and in training, and the improvement of the mobility of teachers and trainers within the maritime regions.
Within the lifelong learning strategy there are programmes (mainly Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci) that can be used to launch projects and actions matching the objective of transnational mobility of specifics groups of the public, however the structure of these instruments is sectoral and none of them is specifically addressed to respond to the global needs of the maritime sectors. Mobility schemes should be boosted following more flexible schemes in order to improve the effectiveness of the projects and the competitiveness of the maritime economy sector.
Maritime regions are much concerned about these issues; they consider it is necessary to develop a specific approach to mobility for maritime sectors in order to overcome the aforementioned limits. The design of a strategic framework for transnational employment and training mobility schemes is the main objective of the current initiative of the CPMR.
The CPMR is ready to play an active role in order to contribute to the design of such a strategy at a transnational level. There are a lot of regional best practices that can inspire and feed into other players and regions around Europe. A strategic framework including guidelines, targets, publics, instruments and a monitoring mechanism should be very useful in reinforcing the effectiveness of the projects and actions and to enhance the competitiveness of the maritime economy. Vasco da Gama should be a global and transnational strategic framework to guide the actions undertaken in this field by different European players concerned.
The participation of education and training organisations, companies and entrepreneurial associations and regional authorities is crucial in order to build and manage the Vasco da Gama framework
The design of the Vasco da Gama framework should be managed by a group of players interested in the issue, including education and training institutions, enterprises and regional authorities (triple helix). A first working group should be created to launch the process; later on other players would join the group, if interested. In the first stage it should be important to assess the needs, to identify and analyse best practices, to assess the tools and programs available and their coherence, to seek opportunities to submit any proposals. The second stage should be addressed to develop the strategy, guidelines, types of projects and actions, targets and publics. It is important to keep a transnational approach and to develop networking, involving the main European players in the marine and maritime employment and training fields. The CPMR should play the role of catalyst and ensure the coordination of transnational networking.