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FLORES at the 2nd Mission Arena

The FLORES project keeps working on its Baltic Sea pilot action, which focuses on promoting educational opportunities and career perspectives within the Offshore Renewable Energies (ORE) sector, emphasizing upskilling processes and promotion of women involved in maritime technologies.

Following up on previous activities, including a successful ORE skills workshop with high school students from Sweden’s Baltic Sea region, Marko Kovacevic, PO at the Submariner Network For Blue Growth, recently participated in the 2nd Mission Arena, hosted by Blue Mission Banos Project in Riga, Latvia.

New jobs in ORE

He took part in the New Jobs In The Coastal Communities Workshop, where he raised awareness of the increasing job demands in the Offshore Renewable Energies (ORE) sector. The session brought together stakeholders from the Eastern Baltic Sea to discuss the new services and skills needed to prepare the region for the new jobs that will emerge in coastal communities in the coming years.

Marko spoke about the expected job growth in the sector by 2030 and shared insights from the FLORES project, including the most recent educational materials developed to attract new workers and the youth to ORE careers.

124K new jobs are expected by 2030 in the ORE sector. The Offshore Renewable Energies (ORE) sector today accounts for around 80,000 jobs and is expected to reach 204.000 workers by 2030.

Marko Kovaceiv, Submariner Network For Blue Growth

He highlighted the fact that meeting this increasing demand for qualified professionals with the actual skills of our population poses a significant challenge, that’s why the ORE Skills partnership aims to underpin the skilling process for the new jobs expected in the ORE and contribute to improve up-skilling opportunities in the field of the actual workforce.

MOOC on Ocean Multi-Use

The discussion also spotlighted the forthcoming MOOC (massive open online course) on Ocean Multi-Use, currently developed by the Submariner Network within the FLORES Project.

This course aims to address the lack of easy to read sources on the topic of offshore renewables related multi-use.

“We need a variety of knowledge and expertise going beyond one sector, we should apply multi-use as a highly multidisciplinary tool”.

This free course is being developed in collaboration with several multi-use related projects that have been implemented in the past few years, including MUSES; UNITED, ULTFRAMS and MULTI-FRAME, among others. The course builds on the materials produced in these previous projects and whithin the FLORES project itself, providing an easy to read access point to the relevant topics and materials.

The target students of this course will be a broad audience interested in offshore renewables related multi-use. While it is open to individuals with varying levels of expertise, it particularly caters to the following groups:

  1. Last Year High School Students with a specialization in technology
  2. University Students – primarily programs with a focus on Maritime Spatial Planning.
  3. Junior Engineers
  4. Workers Upskilling/Reskilling.

The MOOC will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned through our newsletter and be the first to know when the course goes live!

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