Blue economy digitalization skills for VET students

Complete online curriculum and mentoring

About BlueDivet

This project will design a specialization online course focused on the students in vocational training centers. It will provide them with the knowledge needed to increase their opportunities to work in the blue economy sector. They will learn how skills learned during their education need to be adapted to an environment as the ocean, the special requirement that the marine and maritime companies have and what the sustainable blue growth initiative is. Besides, they will be introduced to the blue entrepreneurship opportunities available in this sector.



Follow an in-depth research and analysis at a European level of the demands and needs of the labour market to detect what the requirements of these companies related with the digitalization of their companies are.


Design and develop the complete online curriculum for VET, developing a pilot training for the students as well as a training for the trainers.


Launching a professional mentoring program for those students who are interested in entrepreneur-ship initiatives, as well as providing guidance in order to select mentors. ​


Design and launch of an online collaborative platform in order to foster the networking among students following the course and the companies where these skills are required and other potential stake-holders.


Organization of 4 face-to-face and 3 online Transnational Meetings for the project partners (every five months).


Organization of a Short-term joint teacher training event to ensure that all mentors are aligned with the strategy of BLUEDIVET using some procedures and approaching for supporting the students.


Organization of the BLUEDIVET final conference to be held in Cartagena (Spain).

Target groups​

Institutions active in the field of vocational education and interested in blue digitalization and entrepreneurship, such as public administrations, educational centers, research institutions, companies in the blue sector and NGOs, among others.

Students who want to work on blue digitalization as well as citizens, generally interested on blue growth, blue digitalization.


BlueDivet will bring a common knowledge of the level of offer in education provided by the Vocational Training centers to their students in order to acquire the competences required for the blue digitalization based on electronic, communication and programming. In addition, the project will bring a common knowledge for the skills needed by the marine and maritime companies.

The aim is to analyse the digital competences demanded by the labour market within the blue growth field and compare them with those actually acquired by the professionals hired to develop these functions. BlueDivet will propose complete curriculum for vocational training to narrow this gap and thus improve the employability levels. This will contribute to build evidence on the skills needs of the society through skills anticipation.

BlueDivet project results include

Project Result 1
Analysis on the state-of-the-art: Blue market needs academic offer.

Digitalization has proven to be crucial for the development of the blue economy, but are VET schools providing the necessary training to prepare students for these job opportunities, and are companies aware of the skills of VET students?

The report from the Analysis on the state-of-the-art has gathered the necessary information through questionnaires to answer these questions and to help design a course that will increase the employability of VET students in the digitalization of Blue Economy sectors. The Report is available from here.

Project Result 3
Launching a Handbook for Mentoring Programme.
A handbook will be developed to launch a mentoring programme for students interested in entrepreneurship initiatives or about to start up their own business, which will provide guidance to the partners for the selection of mentors.
Project Result 2
Curriculum for Vocational Training in the field of blue digitalization profile.
This output aims at developing a set of pedagogic contents and materials for vocational training on blue digitalization in the field of blue growth. The training will be online. Training contents in English is available following the link
Project Result 4
Development of a BLUEDIVET e-Community/collaborative platform.

The output includes creation and launching of an innovative collaborative platform, an ICT-based tool, in order to foster the networking among students following the course and the companies where these skills arerequired, as well as other stakeholders. The people interested in the e-Community can access it for free and open their own profile in this social network.

Mentoring Programme

The Mentoring Programme of Blue Divet aims to:

  • Show students interested in starting a business idea how successful entrepreneurs master their daily business life.
  • Promote synergies between business and education.
  • Provide potential entrepreneurs with knowledge and practical advice from veteran entrepreneurs and to get personal insights from their mentors on how they deal with everyday challenges, such as business life, family life, etc.
  • Offer the entrepreneurs involved the opportunity to work with students.

Call for Mentors

Join us as a business mentor in the exciting European Blue Economy project, Blue Divet! Our Mentorship Programme aims to show students how successful entrepreneurs master their daily business lives.
Are you passionate about sharing your business knowledge and experiences with the next generation of professionals? Are you committed to sustainable economic development and innovation in the maritime and marine sector? Then we’re looking for you!
If you’re interested in becoming a business mentor in the Blue Divet project and meet the requirements, we invite you to register and support the students and future potential mentees. You will become part of the mentoring network available on Blue Divet website and Blue Divet e-community.

The full text of the call for mentors is available here.

Please download Mentor Profile Template here and send it to us via email [email protected]. You may also contact the local Blue Divet coordinator in your area. Thank you!

Available Mentors

Potential Mentees

Potential mentees are students of the Blue Divet training package in Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Spain. Students applying for mentoring can choose from the current mentors listed under the section “Available Mentors”.
If you are interested in participating, Please download Mentee Profile Template here and send it via email to your local Blue Divet coordinator.

Project Partners

The consortium integrates a mix of eight different organisations with solid experience in the design and implementation of educational programs as well as in socio-economic and business development and promotion of blue energy.

Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena

Lead Partner

The Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT) is a higher education public institution in Spain with long experience and tradition in engineering and economic studies. It places great emphasis on international cooperation and mobility, welcoming approximately 200 foreign students and lecturers.

Andalucia Emprende Fundacion Publica Andaluza

Andalucía Emprende is a public foundation belonging to the Junta de Andalucía. Its mission is to help entrepreneurs, freelancers and SMEs in Southern Spain to start up and develop their business ideas, by providing services and developing useful initiatives that respond to their needs and demands nowadays. In addition, it endeavours to early detect and promote entrepreneurial vocations, not only in the classroom, but also in other differentiated groups.

MMC- Mediterranean Management Center


The Mediterranean Management Centre Ltd was founded in 2002 aiming to have a significant contribution in the area of skills development as well as the advancement and improvement of our corporate clients through training and learning solutions as well as consultancy.
The MMC mission is to develop leaders in all areas. We enable our clients to achieve and experience excellence in their personal and professional life by developing their skills and designing their lifestyle, enabling our customers to reach their desires.

Aintek Symvouloi Epicheiriseon Efarmoges Ypsilis Technologias Ekpaidefsi Anonymi Etaireia

IDEC is a training consulting company located in Piraeus, Greece, established since 1989. Its activities consist of training, management consulting, quality assurance, evaluation and development of digital solutions for both private and public sector. Clients of IDEC are both SMEs and the bigger Greek companies from a wide variety of sectors. IDEC co-operates with more than 800 institutes all over Europe and with about 300 experts on specific fields.

CIFP Politécnico


This educational organisation has a history of more than one hundred years in the educational field of VT both in Intermediate level and Higher Education (about 500 students in each level). They cover the fields of Electricity and Electronics, Metalwork and Lathing, Chemistry, Cars and industrial vehicles engine and Vehicles bodywork. Staff is composed by 135 teachers and 12 non-teaching people. Their students come from all the surrounding area of Cartagena, from urban areas but also from rural ones. Some students belong to special groups with special difficulties to reach the labour world. They keep a high level of employability and stay in good terms with the enterprises around.

CIFP Hesperides


CIFP Hespérides is an Integrated VET center which, since its creation, has decidedly committed to the importance of ensuring that students have a work projection beyond the scope of our borders while increasing their European spirit. The CIFP Hesperides is located near the port of Cartagena, in the fishing village of Santa Lucia, between marginal areas of Lo Campano and Los Mateos. Students corresponds to an average – low level of social stratum economic and cultural, and has a high dropout rate that needs to be addressed.



IEK DELTA has been established in 1971 and soon became the leader in Vocational Training in Greece, certified by the Greek Ministry of Education and the E.U. With 47 years of experience in private education, offering Post-Secondary Training Programs of Level 5. Its goal is to ensure the quality of the provided knowledge and high levels of professional rehabilitation and employment.

Varna Economic Development Agency

Varna Economic Development Agency (VEDA) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental association, registered to operate in public benefit. It is located on the territory of Varna District in Bulgaria, East Europe. The agency was established in 1997 under the joint program of Varna Municipality and USAID to assist the advancement of regional economic development. Since 1998 VEDA is a member of the network of the Bulgarian Association of Regional Development Agencies and Business Centers (BARDA).


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