Companies and institutions from Italy, Greece, Malta and Albania participate to encourage the employment of young Europeans under 35

European tender won by NAVIGO led by Provincia di Livorno Sviluppo


Promoting the integration of boating and tourism, sectors that are increasingly close to and integrated by the demands of the global market and promote the mobility of young people within Europe in the search for job opportunities and new sea professions.

MaQuaM – acronym for International Qualification on Marine and Tourism for the Mediterranean Harbors – is the Erasmus project proposed by a team that involves companies and institutions from Italy, Greece, Albania and Malta, states overlooking the Mediterranean and important tourist and yachting destinations. Countries interested in a process of enhancement of human resources in the nautical sector and in favoring the integration between shipbuilding production chains and the growing importance of port and tourist services that can generate new employment by intercepting market trends and the need for increasingly technical skills and marked.

Presented by NAVIGO, company for the innovation and development of yachting, with Provincia di Livorno Sviluppo srl (lead partner), an economic development and training company, by the nautical cluster Strategis – Maritime Center of Excellence (Greece), by Mediterranean Tourism Foundation (Malta) and IBIS Foundation (Albania) both dedicated to the economic and employment growth of the two countries, the project won the European tender and was awarded a grant of 345 thousand euros.

Between the end of 2020 and 2023, when the project will get to the end, an international level training program will be developed that meets the needs of the new sector and takes advantage of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) by applying the ECVET credit transfer system (European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training), a work-based learning structure that integrates international mobility and access to qualification for unemployed young people under 35, of great importance for promoting European economic unity in the realization of a single market for goods and services.

The professional profile that will be achieved at the end of the training course is that of “Manager of integrated services for boating and coastal tourism”, aimed at managing, promoting and activating integration processes between different sectors and services. But the training opportunity also concerns the staff of the companies involved as well as the multiplier effect will allow the same companies to increase their competitiveness on the global market and cooperation between Mediterranean operators and maritime companies. Participants will be provided with e-learning lessons and training, physical and virtual mobility, focus groups, meetings and dissemination events in the four states.

Navigo will make professional resources available to the project to ensure the realization of the activities by making use of its many years of experience in the sector, the website (, its “Navigo Digitale” multiplatform, with which it develops all its part of the service digital, and will host dissemination and communication events with entrepreneurs in the yachting industry sector for the demonstration, validation of the prototypes developed and a wider dissemination of the results of the program.

According to the data and estimates elaborated by NAVIGO, the nautical sector involves approximately 100,000 companies in the world with 1 million direct employees and approximately 25,000 marinas. World demand is represented by 142 million yachtsmen in the United States and 36 million in Europe, with a total fleet of 30 million pleasure boats. Europe is a leader in the superyacht market (over 30 meters) with strong growth in orders over the last five years and the Mediterranean, with its environmental and cultural heritage, tourist attractions and luxury craftsmanship, are a crossroads for these boats. Most of the yachts circulating in the Mediterranean are directly connected to Tuscany which is a leader in production, Malta is a strategic destination and country of registration, while Greece and Albania are developing their markets. A tourist port generates an average of 89 jobs, 12 in the port, 54.5 in the port area and 22.5 in the territory, and every 3.8 boats a job is generated in tourist activities and services.