OnBoard-Med, Harmonization of on Board Medical Treatment, Occupational Safety and Emergency Skills in Baltic Sea Shipping

P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region

4.2. More aligned vocational education and training (VET) programmes in the Central Baltic region

Central Baltic

01.09.2016 - 30.06.2019

€998 600

€781 543

Project Summary:

ENDED. The shipping industry has become multinational, therefore recognising problems in education cannot easily be solved on a national level. A cross-border approach is needed to tackle the issue. The overall objective of the project is to harmonize and develop courses in maritime emergency management, medical treatment and occupational safety.

The courses are targeted at maritime (seaman, deck officer, maritime engineer) and nursing (registered nurse, emergency care nurse and public health nurse) education institutions. Throughout the project life span, the courses will be built, piloted, tested and regularly improved in collaboration with the target groups. Innovative learning methods, eLearning and simulation, will be utilized in building the courses.

The expected improvements in education and maritime safety are significant, and will hopefully became the standard in the field. Participants will get excellent professional skills, and when applicable will also be able to receive international certification from the courses. Further, the results help local employees to enter the European and international labor market.

Lead Partner

Turun ammattikorkeakoulu Oy

Country: FI


Partner budget: 416.831 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 312.623 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Högskolan på Åland

Country: FI


Partner budget: 255.840 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 191.880 EUR ERDF

Eesti Merekool

Country: EE


Partner budget: 113.985 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 96.887 EUR ERDF

Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte

Country: LV


Partner budget: 92.632 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 78.737 EUR ERDF

Latvijas jūras akadēmija

Country: LV


Partner budget: 119.312 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 101.416 EUR ERDF

Expected results

The project encompasses a sizable part of emergency training in professional level degrees of maritime (seamen, deck officer, maritime engineer) and nursing (registered nurse, emergency care nurse and public health nurse) education, i.e. six VET curricula.

The main results are as follows:
1) 9 vocational courses of various sizes in emergency skills in medical treatment, occupational safety and maritime safety for emergency crews, ships’ nurses, nautical and engineering professionals
2) Improved mobility of the workforce who with their harmonized training can easily adapt to new situations in Central Baltic enterprises but also internationally.
3) Improved employment possibilities for youth and adult learners attending the programs, as they will easier obtain the mandatory certificates needed in their professions.
4) Distribution of the harmonized educational materials for use in medical and maritime institutes in all Central Baltic countries.
5) All results contribute significantly to the existing national educational practices, and therefore attract continued use and further development. In addition, the results help the local employees to enter the European and international labor market.
6) Outstanding result and output: The project has a broad impact on the education in CB Programme Regions (also to CB countries as a whole), who have at least 68 vocational schools giving education of the OnBoard-Med topics, many in nursing. All of these will get direct benefits from the project, as they will receive the aligned results: the course contents and the harmonized educational materials that the project will create.