COMPETING will pave the way for the introduction of competency based future proof education and training for inland navigation crew members throughout the European Union. Future certificates will be recognised throughout Europe. Sustainable solutions, automation and digitalisation as well as communication on a European level will be part of the education and training programmes. The ultimate goal of the project is to increase labour mobility in the inland shipping sector. COMPETING is a Erasmus+ project.

COMPETING will develop curricula and lesson materials, as well as a Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) system, to ensure the highest level of quality concerning the implementation of future proof IWT (Inland Waterway Transport) education and training throughout the EU. The duration of COMPETING will be from the 1st of January 2019 until the 31st March 2022. There are fifteen partners participating in this project.

The COMPETING consortium consists of different categories of stakeholders. Firstly IWT education and training institutes, which have to modify their lesson programmes towards a European wide competency-based recognised education and training programme. Secondly the Social partners (employers and unions) representing the industry and crew members working in the industry. Finally the competent authorities and umbrella organisations as well as members of the Advisory Board.

For the first time all key stakeholders cooperate on European level to develop a European wide recognised and modern curriculum for IWT, in combination with lesson materials as well as a Quality Assurance /Quality Control system (QA/QC). These achievements will in the end lead to the implementation of EU legislation, resulting in a comparable system for recognition of educational programmes and properly qualified crew with the possession of a Union certificate.

The ultimate goal of COMPETING is to increase labour mobility in the inland shipping sector.