Title Ship Dismantling Insight by Generating Environmental and Safety Training
Project Number UK/11/LLP-LdV/TOI-453
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
The Turkish Ship Dismantling industry has approximately 2000 employees of which 57% has an education level of primary school or lower and of which 70% have had some form of HSE training. 23% of the employees have been involved in a work related accident.
Before the Shipdigest project was carried out, there was no provision for recognised Vocational Educational Training for the European Ship Dismantling worker. The Ship DIGEST project identified the training gap and created Ship Dismantling Vocational Educational Training based on the innovative outputs from related sectors within the EU and previous EU funded Ship Dismantling research projects.
Once the Ship Dismantling Vocational Educational Training was piloted, evaluated and accredited, the Ship DIGEST project envisages that all Turkish Ship Dismantling employees will utilise the training to improve the levels of awareness of HSE issues. The Ship Dismantling Vocational Educational Training will suitable for transference to Ship Dismantling regions across the EU and to similar industries within Turkey.
The Ship Dismantling Insight by Generating Environmental and Safety Training (Ship DIGEST) project created innovate vocational education and training in order to tackle the vital issues of the low standards of health, safety and environmental awareness in the Turkish ship dismantling industry. Thanks to shipdigest currently exists a learning framework to stop the continuation of bad practices, accidents, injuries, and pollution being able to provide a positive impact within one of the big societal challenges, namely the environment and health and safety within the workplace, identified by the European Commission in its Europe 2020 Strategy.
Turkey is the largest ship dismantling nation in Europe and as an industry is currently in the process of embracing the ongoing changes of implementing standards documented in the European Union’s Strategy for Better Ship Dismantling within its own processes and company policies. However, one of the main problems identified during this transitional period is the lack of knowledge and understanding of the basic health, safety and environmental competences displayed from the management level down.
The Ship DIGEST project’s main objective was to assist the Turkish ship dismantling industry by providing bespoke ship dismantling vocational education and training based on innovative products, tools and knowledge from previous European projects on ship dismantling and from similar sectors within the European Union. The ship dismantling vocational education and training has been created under the European Qualifications Framework and be compatible with the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training which will facilitate the validation, recognition and accumulation of work-related skills and knowledge, in line with policies set in the Bruges-Copenhagen process.
The impact as a result of this project is that, through vocational education and training, an improvement in the health, safety and environmental competencies and an increase in the awareness of employees lead to a decrease in fatal and serious injuries and environmental incidents, a higher rate of reporting accidents and injuries and an improvement in the overall image of an industry that is renowned as being one of the most hazardous and one that attracts employees from lower social statuses. In the long term it is expected that by offering employees the chance to obtain recognised skills and qualifications, the profession of being a ship dismantling employee will become more credible within their own society due to supporting their lifelong learning and enhancing their mobility.
The Ship DIGEST project conducted an in-depth training needs analysis of the Turkish Ship Dismantling Industry. The outcomes of this analysis was documented in a comprehensive report and provided the project team with the key areas the vocational training must address.
Existing knowledge, tools and project outputs from around the European Union were assessed for suitability for transference and utilisation in the Ship DIGEST vocational training.
The 3-Step risk assessment tool for Ship Dismantling from the EU funded DIVEST project was further developed into an easy to use software tool.
Feedback from Turkish Ship Dismantling workers, supervisors and managers has been overwhelmingly positive
The Ship DIGEST vocational training has been fully validated in a series of training pilots conducted with Turkish Ship Dismantling workers and managers.
To date over.....
• 35 workers
• 20 managers
• 10 trainers
The Ship DIGEST project hopes to expand the vocational training framework to other Ship Dismantling locations worldwide.
The Ship DIGEST vocational training framework has been externally evaluated and
accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Agency (SQA).
The SQA has a worldwide reputation in the accreditation of vocational qualifications.
transparency and certification
program or curricula
The Ship DIGEST project has developed 2 Ship Dismantling vocational awards and 6 learning units:
Ship Dismantling Training I (Worker Level)
• Personal Protective and Safety Equipment
• Hazard Identification, Common Accidents and Risk Assessment
• Oxy-Fuel Metal Cutting
Ship Dismantling Training II (Manager Level)
• Managing Health and Safety Liabilities
• Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Mitigation
• Accident/Incident Reporting and Investigation
The learning materials and delivery mediums of the Ship DIGEST vocational framework have been developed to make the vocational training as stimulating and attractive to the learner as possible.
All training material was developed in close cooperation with experts and, most importantly, Ship Dismantling workers and managers.
• Hazardous materials awareness walkthrough module
• Mobile step by step e-learning job task assistant
• Common Ship Dismantling accidents video
An easy to use ‘step by step’ mobile e-learning platform has been developed to allow for vocational training even in the most basic of learning environments.
In addition to traditional notes, learning materials are also available in an interactive e-book format.
All Ship DIGEST learning materials have been developed in English and Turkish. Some elements have also been developed in Spanish too.