A second year of success for the Forma’t al Port project

Yesterday, on the 24th of May, the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping (2E3S) held the meeting of the Forma’t al Port Academic Committee, in its headquarters in Barcelona. The Forma’t al Port project has been launched in 2015 by the Port of Barcelona, the BCN Foundation for Professional Training (Fundació Barcelona Formació Professional), the Barcelona-Catalonia Logistics Center and 2E3S, with the collaboration of all of the actors of the Port’s Community of Barcelona. Under the project, the Escola organises courses in logistics and intermodality for students of centers in Barcelona and the Prat de Llobregat who are enrolled in postgraduate vocational training programmes in Logistics, Transport and International Business. Following the success of the first year, the partners have decided to continue the project for another new year.

During the meeting, the results of the project have been reviewed and assessed, and the new objectives for 2016 have been set to increase the role that the project is playing in the education of local students. Forma’t al Port provides an excellent opportunity to create synergies between training centers and port companies and, promoting successful dual training in the Catalan logistics sector, and thus ensuring the creation of a well prepared logistics community.

The Committee, chaired by Joaquim Cabané, President of the Working Group of the Steering Committee for the Promotion of the Port Community of Barcelona, comprises of the Governing and Inspection Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Transport and Mobility of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Josep Maria Fortuny; the manager of the Fundació Barcelona Formació Professional, Pere Ros; the Director of 2E3S, Eduard Rodés; a representative of each of the centers (CE. Prat, CE. Politècnic, I. Joan brossa, I. Lluïsa Cura, I. Poblenou, La Salle Gràcia, C. López Vicuña, CE Sant Francesc and I. Ribera Baixa II) and of the associations : Shipping Agents, ATEIA-OLTRA and the Customs Brokers Association of Barcelona.

The main things highlighted during the event were:

  • Since the launch of the project, six courses have been organized and 8 partner centers have participated. The centers explained that the results have been very positive. The course programme lets the participants see the practical aspects of working within the port community and gives them a deeper knowledge of the logistics sector in Barcelona.
  • The programme of the courses has been discussed, and some improvements, based on the comments of former students and teachers, have been proposed in order to improve their efficiency in 2016.
  • The next dates of the courses have been announced: from the 23rd to the 28th of November (course programmes A and B of the project) and from the 23rd to the 24th of November (course programme C).
  • The enlargement of the project’s territory has been discussed because the Escola has received requests from centers of the Barcelona province to join the project. Nowadays the project is only targeting the cities of Barcelona and Prat de Llobregat, however the partners of the project are now studying the possibility to open the courses to more centers.
  • The Escola proposed to implement an internship placement system to link the companies of the sector and the Forma’t al Port students. This idea came out as since the start of the project the Escola received requests from different companies of the sector looking for internship students, knowing that the Escola provides very specific training to local students. This system would help both parties: the companies to find qualified students, and the students who will have the opportunity to integrate themselves in the sector.

The centers and the associations have praised the position that the Escola holds in the sector, and will continue encouraging their students to participate in the Escola’s courses this year.