The final TRECVET conference attempted to answer this question.

The ground-breaking European Union-funded TRECVET project held its final project conference in Palma de Mallorca last month.

TRECVET stands for Transnational

Recognition of European Certification in Vocational Education and Training.

The aim of the project and conference was

to initiate European-wide dialogue about recognition of professional skipper

qualifications between Member States.

Mike John, TRECVET project coordinator,

reports: ‘The conference was a great success and we were overwhelmed with the

attendance of 75 people including many professional skippers, national authorities,

nautical associations, charter companies, crew agencies, sea and diving


‘This shows that the problem the project addresses

has a very wide impact on the industry.

‘The feedback has been very positive and constructive,

with UK and Spanish authorities recognising the need for more cooperation.’

It is hoped the legacy of this project and the

conference will be to stimulate cooperation between authorities, generate

pressure group activity and create greater worker mobility and opportunities

for professional maritime personnel and vocational workers in many other


Many benefits

Phil Edwards from Dovaston Crew an

international recruitment company provided the following statement for the

conference. ‘The TRECVET project has been welcomed by many yachting

professionals and we at Dovaston are one of the well recognised names that

endorse the proposals.

‘I can clearly see many benefits

particularly for centres in the Mediterranean, where many nationalities of crew

are employed.’

Member of the European

Parliament, Rosa Estaràs Ferragut took the time during a heavy work schedule in

Mallorca to visit the

conference and personally offer encouragement and support to the project team.


TRECVET project has developed a method and a software tool that make

professional skipper qualifications objectively comparable and has analysed as

a test case three qualifications from the UK, Spain and Germany.


aim is to give detailed and objective information about the qualifications in

order to compare them, to identify their commonalities and differences and to

start a dialogue about how to improve the current situation.

Click here to find the Comparison Tool.

Based on the

success of the conference, the coordinators intend to continue a dialogue with

all attendees and maintain the momentum generated by the project.

They also

invite other authorities and interested parties with similar problems to

contact them to formulate solutions based on the experience and tools developed

in the TRECVET project.

It is also

planned to organise a follow-up conference in a years time to assess the

advances made in the industry and to evaluate what further needs to be done to

push this initiative forward.

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Caption 1: (from left to right) José Fernando Escalas (Capitanía Maritima Palma), Kate Mentink

Duncan (Conseilleria de Presidencia Islas Baleares), Germán de Melo Rodríguez

(Nautical Faculty Barcelona-University of Catalunya), Silja Teege (TRECVET

Project Coordination Team), Michael John (TRECVET Project Coordination Team) and

Bernard Butler (TRECVET Project Coordination Team)

Caption 2: Silja Teege

Caption 3: Lara Hidalgo

López (ANEN-Asociación Nacional de Empresas Náuticas), Carlos Sanlorenzo

(ANEN), Jaime Darder Vidal (ANAVRE – Asociación de Navegantes de

Recreo), José M. Bertrán Basauli (ANPPER – Asociación

de Patrones Profesionales de Embarcaciones de Recreo), Mirna Cieniewicz (EBI –

European Boating Industry), Michael John and Bernard Butler

Caption 4: The audience

Caption 5: Silja Teege, Rosa Estaràs

Ferragut (Member of the European Parliament), Michael John and Bernard Butler