The first training of trainers’ course in the framework of the EU-Funded YEP MED (Youth Employment in the Ports of the MEDiterranean) project was held on 19-27 April 2021. The course was carried out online, which has allowed for the active participation of teachers from TVET training centres from all of the partner countries involved in the project. A representative from Morocco also participated as an observer.
As part of the training, the participants were divided into 8 teams of 4. Each team represented one of the logistics-port communities participating in the YEP MED project, so that import and export operations between all the northern and southern countries were simulated.
The training of trainers’ course has served as a pilot course based on the project’s virtually simulated enterprises. These enterprises are recreated in a digital environment that simulates real-time conditions to allow for nearly real-life situations without actually having to involve real companies. As part of the YEP MED project, an effort was made to create an ideal replica of a port community in which the “players” could take control and manage companies and/or administrations, and thus gain valuable experience and practice in their training. Thanks to this Port Virtual Lab, students will be able to interact with different companies that are involved in the process of an import / export operation.
Once the trainers have been trained, courses for the students will start taking place in the late spring and summer of 2021.
YEP MED aims to develop port-logistics training and vocational (TVET) resources adapted to sector needs to strengthen youth employability; increase and upgrade local employment opportunities through the creation of real dual-learning programmes with job placements, strengthening the role of SME’s operating in the port ecosystems for future employment creation; and setting up collaborative national and transnational partnerships between port-logistics associations, operators, small and medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), training centres and Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers, whilst introducing a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) co-management process.