‘Forma’t al Port’ courses to add airport aspect in the logistics training

The organizers of the courses of the ‘Forma’t al Port’ project are planning to extend their ‘hinterland’ to students who live out of Barcelona and in El Prat de Llobregat. They also aim to add the airport aspect to the logistics´s sector in future training sessions.

The news was officially confirmed by the director of Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping (2E3S), Eduard Rodés, during the press conference held last Tuesday, April 14th in the World Trade Centre of Barcelona. He was accompanied by the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Port Barcelona Joan Colldecarrera, the manager of Fundación BCN Formación Profesional Pere Ros, and the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Planning and the Inspection with the Generalitat de Catalunya in Barcelona Josep Maria Fortuny.

The courses form part of an initiative promoted by the Port of Barcelona, 2E3S, Fundación BCN Formación Profesional and Barcelona Catalunya Centre Logístic, and are addressed to the students of secondary education majoring in International Commerce, as well as the students of Transport and Logistics from the education centres both in Barcelona and El Prat.

It aims to provide the logistics industry and maritime sector knowledge, and to contribute to the dual training, so the students may combine training in school with placement in the companies.

More than 70 participants
More than 70 students participated in the first edition of the training. The organizers predict that the number of the participants will systematically grow in future courses, creating a necessity for additional funding. According to Mr. Rodés: ¨We do not want to rush the things. We have to look for funding for the students from the new districts¨.

Mr. Rodés added that discussions with Aena S.A. concerning the incorporation of the airport scope into the course contents are still ongoing: ¨We would like to create a programme that will satisfy all the interested parties. The extension would concern both geography and logistics¨.
The Forma’t al Port project will be carried out across the three academic years (2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017), with spring and winter editions – the next courses will take place in October 2015- and the classes would be taught in Catalan, Spanish and English. As Rodés highlighted:¨English language is essential in this sector¨.

Three formats
The course is offered in three formats: option A- includes 30 hours of training and a visit to the Port of Genova (260 euros). Options B – 19 hours (150 euros) and C – 11 hours (20 euros) are held in Barcelona and include introduction to intermodal transport and visits to various facilities and terminals of the Port of Barcelona.

Both Colldecarrera and Ros admitted that the main purpose of the project is to encourage the companies to hire the students, whilst at the same time promoting dual training. What is more, Ros expressed concern for the employability of the young people, who – according to the companies- are not adequately prepared by the educational institutions for the professional world.
Fortuny highlighted that the initiative is supported by the government, and pointed out the need for specialized training of the students.