Widespread recognition of the need for training, as one of the most effective vehicles for capacity building, was the driving force behind the development of the ‘Introductory course on ballast water management’. The initial training needs assessment indicated that there were a few capacity-building initiatives on this subject that could be used as models. The assessment also revealed that there was a vast difference in the levels of skills of the target human resources (e.g. administrators, port personnel, seafarers, etc.) and an equally great difference in their educational backgrounds.
The first training package has been developed during the GloBallast pilot phase according to the Train-X methodology. The module structure responds to a detailed analytical process by which the existing or new tasks required for effective ballast water management were thoroughly reviewed by subject-matter experts and pedagogic specialists. These tasks were translated into training objectives and then into a sequence of modules. Each module is self-contained, however, each of the modules closely interrelate with the rest of the training package.
The course is material-dependent as the training is based on ready made materials, which have been tested and proven to be effective. Using national instructors has now become part of the capacity-building process and it has significantly increased the knowledge and technology transfer. Periodically, the training package needs revision to incorporate the lessons learned after a number of deliveries and to include the latest technologies related to ballast water treatment.
The training package has been progressively improved as a result of many useful lessons learned through more than 10 deliveries both at national and regional levels. After the adoption of the BWM Convention, the package undertook a comprehensive review and an updated version is now available in Arabic, English, French, Spanish and Russian.
The course is an introductory training for personnel having different skills, knowledge and experiences in ballast water related issues. The objective of the course is to provide a common set of knowledge and skills to all participants to enable them to take appropriate action in their various capacities with a view towards promoting uniform implementation of the BWM Convention.
Using the same methodology and the lessons learned in the pilot phase, the GloBallast Partnerships has developed a new multi-module course directed to legal experts and administrators namely the ‘GloBallast training course on the legal implementation of the BWM Convention’.
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