This week, the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping (2E3S) kicked off 2016 with the first courses in the framework of the Forma’t al Port project.
The courses were organized in collaboration with the Port of Barcelona, the Fundació BCN Formació Professional (BCN Foundation for Professional Training) and Barcelona-Catalunya Centre Logístic (Catalonia Logistics Center) (BCL). They provide training on intermodal logistics, short sea-shipping services and the motorways of the sea to students of centers in Barcelona and the Prat de Llobregat regions enrolled in postgraduate vocational training in Logistics, Transport and International Business.
45 students from the Centre d’Estudis Politècnics, the Institut Ribera Baixa, the IES Poblenou, the Centre d’Estudis Sant Francesc and the Institut Lluïsa Cura participated in the Forma’t al Port Management course from the 5th to the 9th of February.
During the first three days the group boarded a Grandi Navi Veloci vessel and travelled on the SSS line joining Barcelona and Genova, giving the students a complete overview of intermodal logistics, short sea shipping services and the motorways of the sea. Practical visits to the vessel and a maritime visit to the Port of Genoa completed the general overview of the subject at hand. The on-board format is clearly the asset that helps create a good working environment and makes this course a convivial moment for all, as seen from the enthusiasm one of the students: “I would have loved to spend one more day in the course.”
Upon returning to Barcelona the group was joined by 28 students from La Salle Gràcia, the Institut Lluïsa Cura and the Centre López Vicuña, who attended the Forma’t al Port Introduction course from the 8th to the 9th of February. The students had the opportunity to discover the Port of Barcelona’s infrastructures and operations through visits to a container terminal, the Logistics Activity Zone (ZAL), and an intermodal terminal. The two groups could also witness first-hand real-life activities carried out by companies and associations in the port’s community. The students enjoyed the presentations of the different actors of the port community (including representatives from the Customs Brokers Association of Barcelona, International Freight Forwarders Association of Barcelona, Shipping Agents Association of Barcelona, Port Stevedoring Companies Association of Barcelona and BCL), complementing the practical knowledge gained from the visits.
The idea behind the Forma’t al Port courses is to introduce trainees to the business world and to facilitate their learning of the real operations, thus, ensuring the creation of a well prepared future logistics community that is able to face the strategic challenge of placing Barcelona and Catalonia in the first line of logistics activities in Europe and in the world. The contents of these courses have been designed by 2E3S, and they provide an excellent opportunity to create synergies between training centers and port companies and to promote successful dual training in the Catalan logistics sector.