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The Young Employment in Ports of the Mediterranean (YEP MED)
 Evento del 07-ott-20   - Orario: ore 9

  •   The project in brief

Ports connected to international trade, environment and sustainability, digitalisation, port logistics and transport networks are currently one of the main focuses of job creation in the so-called Blue Economy. Additionally, the ports ecosystem has a high concentration of companies that are usually bigger than in other sectors, allowing a bigger investment and jobs absorption capacity. This potential can influence dual technical and vocational education and training (TVET) with job-oriented placement schemes to decrease NEET rates in the Mediterranean region. Facing this challenge, YEP MED proposes to impact TVET offers by targeting three areas with skills shortages: foreign trade, environment and sustainability, digitalisation and port logistic operations. It will develop port-logistics TVET resources adapted to the sector needs, launch learning programmes with job placements and set-up partnerships between key stakeholders in the 7 countries represented in the project.

YEP MED will adapt 9 training curricula to the real needs of the productive sectors, introducing personalized monitoring to students and creating controlling systems and training courses that address environmental issues.

Lead partner

European School of Short Sea Shipping, EEIG



Port Authority of Barcelona - port of Barcelona


Port Authority System of Center-North Tyrrhenian sea


Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture of Beirut & Mount Lebanon (CCIA-BML)


Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport - port training institute


The Mediterranean Institute of Maritime Training


Merchant Marine and Ports Authority of Tunisia


Valencia port Foundation


Marseille Fos Port


Damietta Port Authority


Aqaba Development Corporation


  • Specific objectives

To better match the labour market skills needs and dual TVET offers in the Mediterranean port communities’ sector in order to contribute to jobs creation and facilitate productive economic growth. With a particular focus on the benefits for youth, and especially NEETs and women’s opportunities, YEP MED will increase and upgrade local employment opportunities through the strengthening of the skills sought for by SMEs and start-ups.

  • Main activities and expected results

YEP MED activities will allow updating dual TVET curricula oriented to port industry, increasing job placement and employment opportunities with adequate and diverse profiles for NEETs and women. As a result, it will help increase employment rates of young people and women by offering real possibilities to work through personalised mentoring programmes (training centers) and tutor programmes (SME’s staff). As a result, there will be a need for a permanent collaboration scheme between TVET providers, private sector representatives and public administrations both at local and international levels.

Who will benefit?

• Young people, mainly NEETs, and women

• Port Authorities and logistic centers (7, 1 per country)

• VET providers and training centers (14 in total)

• SMEs and big companies operating in ports (600 companies in total)

Expected results

• 420 newly contracted persons

• 9 adapted dual TVET curricula

• Training of 4.650 NEETS and women

• Collaboration with at least 600 companies in 7 countries

• 420 enterprises receiving sub grants for mentoring support

Contribution to policy-making

YEP MED will improve vocational training to provide youth at risk of educational neglect with the skills required by the labour market while influencing future policy through the involvement of public authorities.

The insertion of a YEP MED pilot into national and regional framework policies will build the legal prerequisite for the introduction of a dual training system. Trainees will be identified and invited from the beginning to be a part of the Local Port’s Occupation and Training Working Group (PLWG) to monitor results and assess and organize tailored workshops for them. Based on participative governance structure, all of these actors will coordinate within the PLWG to reach local agreements between Port Authorities and VET training centres.

  • Duration and budget

Over a period of 30 months (October 2020 - Mars 2023)

The Yep Med project “Youth Employment in Ports of the Mediterranean” is implemented under the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme ( Its total budget is € 2.9 Million and it is financed, € 2,610,000 by the European Union through the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument. The ENPI CBC Med Programme aims at reinforcing cooperation between the European Union and partner countries regions placed along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.


ENPI disclaimers

"The 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme is a multilateral Cross-Border Cooperation initiative funded by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The Programme objective is to promote the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with the common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential. It finances cooperation projects as a contribution to the economic, social, environmental and cultural development of the Mediterranean region. The following 14 countries participate in the Programme: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestinian Authority, Portugal, Spain, Syria, Tunisia. The Joint Managing Authority (JMA) is the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy). Official Programme languages are Arabic, English and French".

"The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union or of the Programme’s management structures".

“The European Union is made up of 27 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders”

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