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Innovation manager course

MATES Pilot Experiences and Training materials
05 September - 12 December 2020


Vigo, ES
Educational material: videos with English subtitles and Layman report

The aim of the Innovation Manager Course is to attract talent from training centres to the shipbuilding sector and improve the skills of participants in key enabling technologies (KETs).


Target Audience

  • Students finishing their degree at University or vocational training students of the naval sector, will participate as students (about 20 students are expected to participate).


Time and Date

  • Classes: from September to October, 2020 (Fridays and/or Saturdays depending on the module). 100 training hours, 4 Modules.
  • Internship in naval sector companies (duration: 1 month and a half). 120 hours, Monday to Friday (November-December)



In order to attract talent to the traditional sector of shipbuilding, it is necessary to improve young peoples knowledge about it. The Innovation Manager Course is a bridging course between the end of the industrial engineering degree studies and a first job in a naval company. It introduces future workers to the sector to new methodologies and challenges by generating replicable experiences.Therefore, this Pilot Experience will serve as a tool for bringing new talent to the sector. Students will work in groups combined  with online support materials on KETs.



  • Training, reskilling/upskilling workforce in the use of digital and data driven technologies (big data, Internet of Things, cloud computing, 3D printing, artificial intelligence)
  • Training, reskilling/upskilling workforce in the use of automation and robotics as well as in the human –robot interactions (automation/autonomous ships, mechatronics, augmented reality)
  • Progressive introduction and increasing relevance of 21st century skills within the training offer (“Soft skills” e.g. creative thinking and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration, knowledge management and transfer, flexibility and adaptability, initiative and self-direction, productivity and accountability).
  • Skills ecosystems: meeting points for the most relevant stakeholders from Industry, academia and research.


Course instructors

Instructors are currently being recruited. Instructors delivering the course will belong to two main groups: shipbuilding industry workers and technologists with expertise in key enabling technologies.


MATES ‘Strategy Baseline Report’ Lines Of Actions being addressed

The MATES Strategy Baseline report consists of results which were obtained from the extensive work carried out by the MATES partners; workshops with experts, Delphi questionnaires, desk-top studies and surveys. This report synthesises the MATES strategy baseline to bridge the skills gap between training offers and the industry demands in the Maritime Technologies value chain. The full report can be accessed here. Below are the Lines of Actions identified in the report (see pages 17 and 18) which the Innovation Manager Course will address (SB = shipbuilding):

  • SB1: Digital and data driven technologies
  • SB2: Automation and robotics
  • SB6: 21st century skills
  • SB9: Skills ecosystems

Additional Collaborators

- LideraK - Ganain - Gradiant - Trivium packaging


Educational material

Innovation Manager in Shipbuilding course: value chain in the sector webinar

Innovation Manager in Shipbuilding course: Advanced Industrial Robotics webinar

Innovation Manager in Shipbuilding course: Big Data and Cybersecurity webinar

Innovation Manager in Shipbuilding course: Virtual reality and augmented reality in the shipbuilding industry webinar

Innovation Manager in Shipbuilding course: Organisational coaching webinar