vocational education; alternative fuels; maritime industry; training schemes; Motorways of the Seas; blended learning, e-learning, multi-modal transport chain.
Continuous training is considered nowadays as a key issue for the evolution of people being at professional and personal level, enhancing productivity, employability and social stability in a global competitive world. Furthermore, the introduction of new technologies, the imposition of new regulations in maritime industry and the growing challenges at port, shipping and logistics level, increase the demand for new educational schemes. Concerning the market needs, TrainMoS II and On the MoSway Network (OTMW-N) European projects aimed to the development of student and professionalís skills and laid the foundations for a cross-European maritime educational programme. TrainMoS II was the evolution of the TrainMoS project, improving the existing tools and covering a whole new range of technical and operational topics, including alternative fuels and technologies, logistics and safety issues such as damage control, evacuation and crisis management operations. TrainMoS II covered also the provision of blended vocational education to undergraduates and professionals who belong to different sectors in the multimodal transport chain. Both projects focused on the establishment of an educational framework facilitating the collaboration between industry and academia and used advanced ICT tools to match the maritime market needs with the training provision and to develop new and enriched content for the online platform with learning material and knowledge for both professionals and students. In the present study, the outcomes and experiences gathered from running the aforementioned projects are presented and discussed for their potential impact to the maritime industry.