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:

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

Achieved results

Project result in category -
Aligned vocational education and training programme

Harmonised vocational educational training in nursing and maritime education thanks to OnBoard-Med

By harmonising and developing curricula for both maritime and nursing education institutions, OnBoard-Med filled a gap in multinational shipping industry.
The OnBoard-Med project developed nine vocational modules (2-8 ETCS) in maritime emergency management, medical treatment, and occupational safety. During the project it was found that communication and leadership are crucial for successful operation and handling of emergency.

The courses are suitable for maritime (seaman, deck officer, maritime engineer) and nursing (registered nurse, emergency care nurse and public health nurse) education institutions. 
The results can have a broad impact on the education in the Central Baltic regions.
There are several dozens of vocational schools giving education of the OnBoard-Med topics, many in nursing.
The courses consist of a huge amount of learning materials developed in collaboration with the target groups: emergency crews, ships’ nurses, nautical and engineering professionals. Materials directly reflect the needs of working life and are based on survey and interviews of stakeholders and experiences gained. Real life scenarios, problems, solutions, simulation cases and materials are main achievements that can be used in other courses, too. Students enjoyed the joint pilots. It felt more real to practice communication with students from another country with both communicating in English.

The results contribute significantly to the existing national educational practices, and therefore attract continued use and further development e.g. as part of lifelong learning. ​The content is suitable for both e-learning and contact learning courses.
Both youth and adult learners attending the programs can increase their employment possibilities, as they easier will obtain the mandatory certificates needed in their professions and the materials in English improves the students’ mobility as workforce.
All institutions will get direct benefits from the project as the aligned course contents, the teachers’ manuals, and harmonised educational materials are free to use.
Different institutions can apply for study courses materials if they want to offer their students new study courses in related topics or to develop new ones.
Project partners are responsible for sharing the materials.


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