Human Capital Development, from children to port workers

 Human capital 

Port Cities offer unique career paths and personal development opportunities, linked to port activities. But these must be supported with concrete actions as we have seen this week. For example, in the case of Rotterdam there is the Port Rangers educational program developed by the municipality, port authority and business association. This program explains to youngsters the key aspects of the ports, with the contribution of experts, such as AIVP’s expert Maurice Jansen. In this port city other initiatives for young talents include the Young Maritime Board or the Young Port Talent Program. In other countries like Spain, the national authority Puertos del Estado has demonstrated the increasing interest in port innovation links to research with the Ports 4.0 fund, that registered more than 120 applications in its first edition. The connection between universities and ports is becoming stronger, with cases like Huelva, where the local port and university will start a joint master program in logistics. Another key aspect of Human Capital Development is guaranteeing the health and good working conditions of employees, as the port of Bilbao is doing and has been recognized for with an award. Another key issue is to encourage port workers to develop ideas that can improve their working environment and recognize these efforts. One example of this is the port of Trieste (video), where the workers developed an innovative ladder to improve their safety when inspecting bulk cargo ships.

Port Rangers, Rotterdam Maritime Capital, Huelva, Puertos del Estado, Port of Trieste, Port of Bilbao

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