The IMPACT project will promote the results of a number of completed maritime vocational education and training (MVET) projects which directly address particular problems or deficiencies in MVET throughout Europe, and represent innovative use of ICT in lifelong learning. Initially, IMPACT will disseminate and transfer the innovative practices developed in several selected LLP projects to MVET providers across Europe in order to support their valorisation. The long term vision for IMPACT is to expand its reach and valorise other innovative ICT projects developed for MVET through its network.
The European shipping industry faces fierce competition from the Far East, and a shortage of 27,000 seafaring officers is predicted by 2015. For the waterborne sector to remain competitive, the quality of European standards must not be allowed to fall. By raising standards in the field of European MVET, and providing institutions with tools to improve the quality of the education that they provide, the employability and mobility of European seafarers will be increased. All of the LLP projects to be valorised were developed according to international standards such as the International Maritime Organisation’s Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping. All project results promote competencies specified to these standards, and many lead to internationally recognised qualifications.
The consortium has considerable experience in developing educational programmes and innovative ICT resources for MVET institutions. Many projects are ongoing. The results of previous projects have been well received, and have been incorporated into many MVET programmes across Europe. For example: EGMDSS now has over 27,000 users, and is used by several major MVET institutions. IMPACT aims to bring together the results of successfully completed projects and promote them under one banner with the ultimate aim of spreading good practice and innovative ICT tools to MVET providers.