Petros Kokkalis, Executive City Councilor for local growth and entrepreneurship Municipality of Piraeus

The CPMR took part in the BLUES project’s kick-off meeting on 13-14 December in Piraeus, Greece.

The BLUES (BLUe growth connects European Seas) project funded through the ERASMUS+ programme ΚΑ2 and focuses on Strategic Partnerships for Vocational Education and Training.

The project’s overall objective is to design and develop dynamic new training materials in order to retrain and upskill “blue” professionals (workers, unemployed people) to upgrade their knowledge and competences allowing them to progress in their career or move to other promising job opportunities in the Blue Economy (Coastal – Maritime Tourism and Shipping).

The partnership consists of five members: the Municipality of Piraeus (Greece) Enoros Consulting (Cyprus), Marine Cluster Bulgaria, Latvian Maritime Economy, and Barcelona Cluster Nautic (Spain).

BLUES is based on the existing skills gaps in the blue economy which have been identified in various policy documents in recent years.

Its main objectives will be:

  • Training courses on blue economy fields;
  • The design and development of One Stop Shop Portal;
  • Multiplier events in the partnership’s countries;
  • A joint training activity so participants are trained to use the BLUES Single Service Gateway and can participate in planning of the training courses.
  • The CPMR participates is an assistant partner in the project and will contribute to the delivery of the project’s activities, as well as promoting its sustainability.

More information about the project (in Greek)