OPTIMUS Project Operational Port Training Models Using Simulators 142543-LLP-1-2008-1-ES-LEONARDO-LMP. OPTIMUS Kick-Off Meeting Livorno, 19 th November 2008 “Introducing OPTIMUS: Aims, Objectives, Deliverables and Target Users” Julio Martinez Alarcon, FEPORTS
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Operational Port Training Models Using Simulators
OPTIMUS Kick-Off Meeting
Livorno, 19th November 2008
Aims, Objectives, Deliverables and Target Users”
Julio Martinez Alarcon, FEPORTS
Francesco Papucci, Livorno Port Autority
Due to the constant growth in traffic of European ports and logistics facilities with the Far East over the last years, people working in this sector must reach the maximum level of efficiency for facing the saturation deriving from this growth.
So the traditional formal and on-the-job training of operational personnelis becoming more and more inadequate, not only forproviding proper skills and competencies regarding the operations to be performed, but also for addressing safety and efficiency standards in critical situations. To face these kind of problems,many ports and logistics structureshave equipped themselves with simulation tools that allow an effective training activity without taking vehicles out of the normal operational cycle.
Simulators are able to generate considerable benefits and added value for the operational training, but as every sophisticated and expensive machine, they require specific skills and methodologies for their optimal use. A global approach to this matter, and more specifically for simulation in the port and logistic sector, has never been developed: the OPTIMUS project aims at filling this gap.
Simulation techniques are essential for optimizing both the performing and the results of training actions in this sector: nevertheless, we must face a lack of standardization among EU ports, which causes: a poor and inefficient use of instrumental resources; transmission of knowledge by elder workers without pedagogical methods; lack of performance evaluation tools that measure the trainees ability to properly reacting in real situations.
Furthermore, at a European level, the need to standardize expertise related to professions in the various sectors to promote mobility is also becoming evident (Decision 2241/2004/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on a single Community framework for the transparency of qualifications and competences). And specifically in the European port sector, traditionally exposed to work internationalisation processes, the need to standardize job profiles is very strongly felt.
In this context, common shared simulation methodologies and training contents may constitute a significant pillar in implementing these policies, due to the standardization of training processes and the capacity to certify the professional expertise they can create.
Target Groups Type 1 (Vocational Training Providers):
Training Departments of companies operating in the sector; Public Authorities involved in (Vocational) Training issues; Training Agencies and Professionals; Trainers; Human Resources Departments of global port and logistic sector companies.
Needs: Simulators are complex and expensive machine, they require specific skills, methodologies and contents for their optimal use. When requested to design, develop, organize, carry out, evaluate simulation-based training actions, people belonging to this group needs precise references for properly proceeding in a quite new sector like this one.
Target Groups Type 2 (Learners):
People already working in port or logistic sector companies, more specifically in driving and maneuvering goods handling machines (as mobile cranes, forklift trucks, etc.). Unemployed people, first job seekers, students of technical, transport-related schools and more in general people who is willing to work in the goods transport / handling sectors, more specifically where the driving and maneuvering of goods-handling machines is an integral part of the work process.
Needs: People already working in this sector, before benefiting of simulation-based training, needs to acquire information about how to interact with a simulator, about procedures to be followed, about the learning contents that will be supplied, in order to properly approaching the simulation-based experience. Moreover, they needs to increase their cognitive skills and knowledge regarding maintenance procedures, safety regulations, and heightened security measures. On the other hand, people who is willing to work in this sector (unemployed, first job seekers, students) needs detailed information about jobs description, required skills, competencies and abilities, work processes description and more in general all the information needed for a proper vocational guidance activity.
MANAGEMENT & COORDINATION
METHODS & GUIDELINES
DISSEMINATION & EXPLOITATION
In order to guarantee as much as possible outcomes relevance with respect to their users needs, project’s activities will be carried out according to the following progressive approach: A. Methodologies; B. Learning contents; C. Testing; D. Dissemination & Exploitation; E. while, in parallel, quality monitoring, technical meetings, coordination and management activities will allow the various workgroups to proceed smoothly.
A. Methodologies: Developing material for Vocational Training Providers. A university research centre will provide the necessary skills for developing technical guidelines and didactical methodologies, while port and logistic sector related partners will provide experts in Vocational Training in order to integrate and calibrate the proposed methodologies to their specific contexts.
B. Learning contents: Developing material for Learners. Trainers coming from the addressed sectors will integrate their skills with experts coming from the IT sector, in order to produce web based and computer based learning contents.
Furthermore, the university research centre will cooperate for adapting the developed methodologies to the contents delivery.
C. Testing: Carrying out pilot experiences. Specific target groups will be recognized and addressed by web-based and computer based learning experiences, coordinated by experts coming from the same sectors.
D. Dissemination & Exploitation: Through organizing specific dissemination and exploitation events, both at a local level in each single port involved and globally at a project and European level.
E. Quality assurance or proper project functioning respect to objectives and expected results will be achieved by a specific WP, number 4, which will develop a Quality Plan, and through the technical coordination and project management specific workpackages.