On Thursday, October 7, a representation of the board of directors of the Barcelona Nautical Cluster, led by its president Pepe Garcia-Aubert and its general manager Andor Serra, met with the new president of the Port of Barcelona, Damià Calvet.
The meeting, which took place at the Port of Barcelona facilities, served to bring positions closer between the two institutions. On the part of the Cluster, in the words of its President, Pepe Garcia-Aubert, "it has been an exceptional and satisfying meeting that has served the Cluster to expose the needs for the nautical sector." In addition, he highlighted the great knowledge of the sector by the representatives of the Port and predicted a "new very positive stage" between the two institutions.
Training and employment are one of the three lines of action in which the Cluster works. However, the main objective of the Barcelona Nautical Cluster is to encourage and promote the development of economic and business activities that boost the competitiveness of the sector and make Barcelona an international benchmark in the Blue Economy.
Regarding employment, Garcia-Aubert, referred to the need for the Catalan nautical sector to put itself "at the height of countries in northern Europe and the Mediterranean basin, in order to offer an optimal level of services. " For the president of the Nautical Cluster, "training is a fundamental tool to boost the Blue Economy."
The Port of Barcelona offers up to 41,000 direct jobs and more than 240,000 indirect jobs. In this sense, the range of job offers is wide enough for the Cluster to want to promote a tool such as the Blue Talent Hub, which will bring together the talent of the sector.
In relation to training, from the Port of Barcelona, President Damià Calvet has claimed that "it is necessary to promote sailing as a sector of great economic value, to achieve this we need highly trained profiles. Vocational training and specializations are essential for to provide services to large boats but also to smaller sailing. "
The president of the Port of Barcelona also said that "it is fortunate to have the Barcelona Nautical Cluster as an ally to promote nautical culture, and project the future of Barcelona and Catalonia as a benchmark in the Blue Economy". Calvet also said that the relationship between the Port of Barcelona and the Barcelona Nautical Cluster, "is a solid relationship and a relationship for the future."
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