Ship DIGEST, will create 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 which, if neglected, will result in a continuation of bad practices, accidents, injuries, and pollution but, if tackled, will have 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.

The main aims are:

1. Improve, through knowledge transfer, the various identified social and HSE issues in the SD industry in Turkey by utilising innovative products, tools and vocational education and training (VET) from previous EU projects, such as FP6 (ShipDISMANTL), FP7 DIVEST and Recyship, and from similar industries within the EU.

2. Create and pilot bespoke SD VET that will address the gaps in the SD workers and managements’ knowledge, understanding and awareness to ensure better HSE standards for the workers and encourage better ownership and responsibility of HSE issues and the perception of risk from the management by the completion of the project.

3. Provide sustainable outputs that will contribute to; improving the overall image of the SD industry, the process of the professionalization of the SD worker, and making the occupation more credible within society after projects completion.

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