A new report from HEMEXPO, Greece’s leading association of marine equipment manufacturers and exporters for the international shipping industry, outlines the ambitious goals the association has set itself to support the education and training of the next generation of marine equipment specialists.
The new report “Marine Equipment Manufacturing: Trends, Prospects and Contribution to the Greek Economy” is based on a study conducted by the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE). It suggests that bridging the gap between labor supply and demand in the marine equipment market requires industry action to drive closer collaboration with educational institutions and raise awareness of the career opportunities available.
HEMEXPO Vice-President Mr. Thanasis Athanasopoulos commented: “The results of the study have revealed new challenges facing marine equipment manufacturers, but the most important finding relates to human resources management. The report confirms HEMEXPO’s view that increased collaboration between marine equipment manufacturers and educational institutions is key to improving the skills of existing personnel; A coherent approach is needed to develop a range of training programs that cater to graduates and professionals alike.”
The integrated approach in the report suggests that HEMEXPO and its members should seek collaboration with universities to empower young professionals to consider careers in the maritime industry and to help create curricula that meet the demands of the labor market.
HEMEXPO proposes the creation of a fully-funded internship program, which Mr. Athanasopoulos said should include incentives to participate, to attract young professionals with the desired skills who often move into other industries unrelated to their studies.
The report also considers the financial performance of HEMEXPO companies and assesses the impact of HEMEXPO on the Greek economy – in terms of its contribution to GDP, employment and public revenues – based on the latest available data. For example, taking into account the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the study shows that the direct impact of HEMEXPO on the Greek economy increased by 3.6% in 2020, indicating the resilience of HEMEXPO companies and companies operating in the water transport sector indicates.
Sea News, June 6