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The Project

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) developed the first standard for Vocational Education and Training (VET) programme for merchant navy officers (STCW) in 1978, and introduced several model courses in 1991 which were subsequently amended in 1995. The standard was reviewed in 2003 and changes were adopted in 2010 and were set to enter into force in 2012. Despite these efforts there are no mechanisms for monitoring how these standards are being applied and many VET providers were found not to follow these requirements.

The huge shortage of seafarers in the sector has led to fears that training needs will be overlooked as the demand for officers and ratings is estimated to grow respectively. This is worrying considering the decline in young people choosing a career in merchant navy.

The UniMET project will use existing networks with extensive knowledge and experience of maritime education and training (MET) institutions whose participants have a vast number of years experience in leading and participating in EU projects. The first aim is to embed the UniMET programme within the partner countries through cross-referencing international and local/national requirements. This will ensure that all seafarers are compliant with the international requirements and will therefore increase their employability within the international labour market as well as enabling the needs of local and national maritime industries to be met. The unified model to be employed in the delivery of UniMET will mean that each aspect of the model can be changed one by one in a relative manner should changes to local, national or international requirements be made which will cause minimum disruption to the UniMET in countries applying it . The second aim is to inform local, national and international licensing and professional bodies about the programme, including the Chambers of shipping. By exploiting the programme to key decision makers within maritime and government bodies it is hoped that they will accept and support the programme therefore enabling changes to policies regarding MET to be made. The third aim is to establish a quality assurance and control system for the delivery of UniMET and other vocational programmes based on an existing BTEC/Edexcel system. The fourth aim is to spread UniMET further across Europe both during and after the project's completion, raising awareness and transferring good practices with the ultimate aim of improving the level of safety at sea worldwide.

The partnership is made up of a number of leading maritime education and training institutions. The combination of their expertise will ensure that the aims are achieved and the results produced are of the highest quality and are in keeping with the existing STCW standards. The maritime vocational education and training system is expected to be harmonised, as UniMET aims to disseminate and exploit throughout Europe.

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