Erasmus+ project in the sector of VET - "GROWING4SEA"

Project title:  Growing international cooperation networks and competences of LMC

AcronymGROWING4SEA

Project No.: 2019-1-LV01-KA102-060212

Project implementing period: 15.08.2019. – 14.04.2021.  (project extended till 14.04.2022. due to Covid-19 pandemic)

Partners:  

  • Liepājas Jūrniecības koledža (Latvia, Liepaja, project beneficiary, www.ljk.lv)
  • INTERMOBEX (Spain, Canary Islands, www.intermobex.com)
  • SHIPCON LIMASSOL LIMITED (Cyprus, Limassol, www.shipcon.eu.com)
  • AINTEK SYMVOULOI EPICHEIRISEON EFARMOGES YPSILIS TECHNOLOGIAS EKPAIDEFSI ANONYMI ETAIREIA (Greece, Pireus, www.idec.gr)

Target audience: learners and staff of LMC vocational education and training professional secondary education programs

Project financing: the total EC funding allocated to the project is 62 540 EUR.

Summary of project activities and planned results

Within the framework of the project “Growing international cooperation networks and competences of LMC” (GROWING4SEA), the partners (intermediary organizations), SHIPCON LIMASSOL LIMITED (Limassol, Cyprus) and Chiara Crisci - INTERMOBEX - International Mobility Experience (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain) will provide a 3-week traineeship for a total of 16 VET learners of Liepaja Marine College (LMC) in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Limassol, being placed in vessel maintenance and repair companies, and on small-sized vessels.

By working in vessel repair and shipbuilding companies in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria future ship engineers will carry out the following tasks: fabricate engine replacement parts; install engine controls, propeller shafts, and propellers; maintain and repair mechanical and electrical equipment; maintain vessel systems; monitor and test operations of vessel equipment, search for malfunctions; perform general marine vessel maintenance and repair work.

By working on tourist passenger catamaran/ferry boats in the port of Limassol and performing searides to sights on the island of Cyprus, future ship engineers and ship navigators, will carry out the following tasks: familiarize with ship's structure and information, use safety equipment, assist with technical operation of vessel machinery, mechanisms and systems; perform technical maintenance and repair works, clean the ship, perform watchkeeping duties in the engine room or ship’s bridge, assist with refuelling, steering, manoeuvring, towing, anchoring and mooring, operate with radio and technical equipment, assist in passenger embarking and disembarking operations, etc., depending on the obtainable profession of the trainees.

Learners will learn to comply with all requirements of seafarers' labour protection, good work practices, environmental protection and binding national and international regulations for seafarers.

The goals of the learner’s traineeship mobility are to learn to apply the theoretical knowledge acquired at school in practice and to better understand the essence of their chosen profession. The project will help young people to complete their qualification training and learn the modern-day requirements of the maritime employers.

The above-mentioned partners in Spain and Cyprus, and a partner in Greece - IDEC S.A. will also provide 5-day trainings for 6 LMC secondary vocational education staff members through job observation visits and exchange of practices in maritime companies and VET institutions. Personnel representatives will visit ship and boat repair companies, shipyards, cruise and yacht/catamaran rental companies, ferry companies and vessels, maritime and

fishery professional education establishments, ports, shipping agencies. A partner in Greece will also provide training on European project management in addition to the above mentioned visits. The goal, expected results and benefits of the mobility for the participants, who will be job-shadowing and exchanging practices in companies, will be refreshment and improvement of professional and industry-related knowledge, examining of modern-day employers' requirements, familiarization of the latest maritime technologies and search for traineeship placements for learners.

On the other hand, for the participants who will be job-shadowing and exchanging practices in foreign VET institutions, the main objectives, expected results and benefits of mobility will be to establish cooperation with the institutions visited, observe their activities, approaches, methods, training tools, exchange the best practices with the representatives of the educational establishments and to negotiate opportunities for joint cooperation projects in the future.

Along with the polishing of the professional skills, all participants will improve their English language skills and communication skills, gain a broader perspective, become more independent, more globally thinking and mobile, develop personally and spiritually, improve their ability to work in a team and in an international environment, get to know other cultures. The project will raise the level of internationalization of the institution, improve the quality of education and the readiness for work of LMC graduates, promote recognisability and overall image of LMC, and expand the collaboration networks. The project is not only new knowledge and self-improvement opportunities for the participants, but also a positive presentation of the country, the town and the institution beyond the boarders of Latvia. LMC also expects the project to contribute to the interest of the general public in maritime affairs and to promote the attractiveness of maritime education among young people, as well as to inspire other VET-providing institutions to complement their provided education with Erasmus + activities.

For more information, please contact LMC project coordinator at erasmusplus(at)ljk.lv

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