Upskilling Programme


The Upskilling Programme (UP) is part of the “Advanced Skills in Safety, Environment and Security at Sea-ASSESS” project, approved and co-funded in the framework of the Call Blue Careers in Europe and launched by DG Mare. The project aims to realize three specific education and training paths, in English language, for human resources, both employed and young people, that will be able to manage safety and security issues in the maritime sector. The partnership, made up from mareFVG, University of Trieste, Lloyd’s Register EMEA, National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS) and National Research Council (CNR INSEAN), with the collaboration of Fincantieri and Wärtsilä, strives for the courses to become an international reference on these topics that are becoming more and more relevant for the maritime sector in Europe as well as in the world.

The Upskilling Programme is held in English from September 2018 to December 2018 (240 total hours of lessons).

The course is held at the University of Trieste. Classes are taught by leading Italian and international academics and industry experts. Frontal lessons will be integrated with study visits in Europe.


The Upskilling Programme is opened to both employed and unemployed professionals who have already developed technical skills and capabilities in maritime safety, the environment and security at sea. No study title is required.

20 attendants at maximum will be selected.

The program focuses on three specific training profiles:

  • fleet manager
  • safety manager
  • environmental manager

Skills to be acquired:

The Upskilling Programme provides additional expertise in the safety and security fields, with respect to on-board personnel, infrastructure and the environment.


The path foresees overall 240 hours of lessons divided as follows:

96 hours of cross frontal lessons, structured into 7 modules;

48 further hours for each of the three single specific curricula (students may choose one).


The course will start in September 2018. More detailed information about planning of lessons will be published in the next months.