The number of secondary vocational education students and higher professional education students who opt for a nautical vocational training has increased sharply in recent years. As a consequence, there has been a shortage of experienced subject teachers in the field of specialized schools such as STC Group. Solving this problem is one of the main goals of the project Cooperation in Education and Training for Blue Careers (Blue Careers). In Blue Careers, STC Group, various companies and stakeholders work together to recruit and train so-called hybrid subject lecturers. On Thursday, September 7th 2017, mr. Bram Servaas signed a contract and officially became STC Group’s first hybrid subject teacher. Servaas (44) has been working for Port of Rotterdam since 1994, as a Inspector of Hazardous Goods. The experience and knowledge he has gained over the years in this profession, he will now share two days a week with secondary vocational education students of STC Group. The remaining days, mr. Servaas remains working for Port of Rotterdam and he will follow an educational program which will provide him with an official qualification to teach. Together with mr. Servaas, six other hybrid lecturers will start as a lecturer at STC Group. “This is a perfect example of what can be achieved when schools and industry work together with the future of both students and industry in mind”, thus mr. Jan Kweekel, board member of STC Group.
Hybrid lecturers have a connecting function between school and industry. These lecturers teach a few days a week on a secondary vocational level, assist in the updating of the lesson programs and will investigate innovations in their own field during the course. The rest of the workweek, hybrid lecturers are working for their current maritime or logistics employer. The project partners have set themselves the goal of recruiting and training ten subject lecturers during the course of the project (two years). The hybrid subject teachers get a solid education to learn the necessary didactic knowledge and skills and are supported by experienced mentors.
In addition to STC Group (secretary), the Port of Rotterdam, N.V., Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors, B.V., Nautilus International and the Netherlands Maritime Initiative Foundation participate in this project, which has been made possible thanks to European Union grants. In addition, Damen Shipyards, IHC and Feadship / Royal De Vries Shipbuilding have signed a letter or support.
This project is co-funded by the European Union.