Linking educational curricula and labour market needs is not easy. For this reason, we see how port and urban actors are creating different program to close the gap and adjust the educational paths to real labour opportunities. For example, the vocational training initiative “FP Dual – Inmersión Portuaria” started this school year in the port of Valencia (Spain) (Youtube), providing high-school students better opportunities for a career in port companies. In San Antonio (Chile), the port just signed an agreement with the Maritime Commercial high-school Pacífico Sur in order to allow the students to learn closer to the industry and makes internships. On a different level, the port of Tarragona (Spain), is cooperating the university Rovira I Virgili in the Master course dedicated to Logisitic Operation Management, as part of the long-lasting relationship between the educational institution and the port. Another cooperation example can be found in Marseille (France), where Euroméditerranée just signed a collaboration protocol with the region and the employment agency. The goal of the charter is to coordinate their interventions and competences, to support local employment creation in the construction sector, anticipating the needs of the future worksites of the second phase of urban redevelopment project.
➜ Fundación Valenciaport (Youtube), Portal Portuario, Spanish Ports, Pole-Emploi
Providing personal developing opportunities is crucial for human capital development. There are numerous examples of port cities, where ports and universities work together to facilitate trainings and educational courses to the employees. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, the port just signed a new agreement with the Economic Sciences Faculty of the local University, to allow as well new research cooperation. In Rotterdam we can find other examples of this kind, such as the cooperation between the port and the Erasmus University. In a similar way, the Mauritius Ports Authority has signed a new protocol with the University of Mauritius to created new training programmes that will allow port employees to expand their careers. Other agreements may also support port workers differently, as in the protocol signed between the port of Valparaiso and SENDA in Chile, to prevent drugs and alcohol abuse.
Education is also fundamental to reduce inequalities and increase the diversity of port workers. For that purpose, the Port Authority of New South Wales has launched a new training program designed for Indigenous women, partnering with the not-for-profit organization Tribal Warrior. The port also sponsors the Deck Cadet Program to help young seafarers to kickstart their career. Indeed, engaging younger generations in port city activities is a necessary for developing the local human capital. For that reason, this kind of programs or other initiatives are becoming more common. Another example is the internship program by the Bilbao Puerto y Ría Foundation designed for young graduates. All these efforts only make sense if there are ways to couple job offers and demands, in order to facilitate this, Talent in de Haven 2.0 will take place in Antwerp to facilitate the match between companies and job seekers.
➜ Port of Buenos Aires, Erasmus University, Mauritius Ports, Port of Valparaiso, Port Authority NSW, Deck Cadet, La Vanguardia – Bilbao, Talent in de Haven
The presence of women in the maritime world is no longer novelty, and their contribution is a crucial added value for ports. This was the main message from the Minister of Women and Gender Equity of Chile in her visit to the port of San Antonio. However, there is still a long way to go. For that reason, three Argentinian ports have launched initiative addressing gender issues. The Dock Sud port and the Port of Buenos Aires have created commissions on gender perspective in accordance with the ministry’s directives. The port of Bahía Blanca has developed an action protocol for situations of gender violence. The main objective is to define the actions to be taken in situations of discrimination and/or gender violence against women and people from the LGTBIQ+ collective, guaranteeing a work environment of trust, security and respect for people’s rights.
➜ Empresa Oceano, La Ciudad Avellaneda, Puerto Buenos Aires, Puerto Bahía Blanca
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
Spanish ports are increasingly investing in new programs to innovate in the port city community. On a national scale, the Ports 4.0 fund from Puertos del Estado is already open for applications including projects and ideas, with a budget of 12 million €. The port of Bilbao has already identified 40 potential projects to apply to the national fund and to be integrated in the new Bilbao Port Lab. Other Spanish ports are also developing or expanding their innovation labs. In the case of Sevilla (PDF), the port and the university signed an agreement to increase the facilities of their innovation centre to include an industrial area for prototyping and a start-up incubator. Other example is Valencia, where the port is creating with other partners the #SuperLabPorts, to focus on climate change. The port of Valencia also launched recently a program for dual vocational training in ports, in cooperation with the regional government. Other ports in Spain, such as Barcelona, have similar programs to support the growth of companies and students.
➜ Puertos del Estado, Port of Bilbao, Port of Seville (PDF), Port of Valencia, Valenciaport Foundation, Port of Barcelona – Spanish ports
Two AIVP members have shown in the past days their clear commitment for these two crucial issues for goal 5 of the AIVP Agenda 2030 concerning Human Capital. The port of Barcelona (Spain), has launched the new equality plan for 2020-2022. In Montreal (Canada), the port has received a third part recognition from “Concilivi” for its work/life balance policies. The port created in 2019 a conciliation committee that short after launched the Work/Family/Personal Life Charter with specific measures that have also been helpful during the covid-19 pandemic.
➜ Port of Barcelona, Port of Montreal
Human Capital development is goal 5 of the AIVP Agenda 2030, and a priority for many members. The port of Venice will allocate €600k for the Ca’ Foscari University to create a study center focused on maritime and logistic activities. Part of the funding will also be dedicated to the new “Venice Science Gallery”. In Bahía Blanca, Argentina, the port has signed new agreements with the National Technological University (Bahía Blanca Regional Faculty), with whom we have already been working together, to develop new educational programs. In Algeciras, Spain, the city, the port and the university are working together for the creation of the European Sea University, in the Lago Marítimo project.
➜ Nuova Venezia, Facebook (Bahía Blanca), El Estrecho Digital