Despite the emphasis given to the “knowledge society” and the free circulation of people in an open labor market, a lot of barriers especially related to the regulatory framework of mutual recognition of competences, diplomas and professional paths, still lay on the field, representing one of the main criticality for the realization of an effective and integrated macroregion. The lack of integration is even more clear and prejudicial when people are dealing with administrative burdens in an area characterized by borders, different legal system and even different approaches and policies of the labor market. Besides, the definition of priority of actions for the implementation of the EUSAIR strategy calls for a different approach to the strategic sectors identified by the strategy as the whole Blue Economy value chain (Nautical, shipbuilding, and maritime technologies) and Sustainable Tourism, representing the main socio-economic assets of the macro-region.
The relevance given to the knowledge circulation and the improvement of the quality of workforce bears the importance provided by an integrated vocational and educational systems, still suffering of a general lack of internationalization, reciprocal mistrust and a supposed incompatibility leading to some concrete obstacles in the effective integration and interdependence of economies, productive and innovation systems. Starting from the lesson learned by KEPASS-Knowledge Exchange Program for the Adriatic School System and DELMVET – Developing an Efficient Locally Managed Model of Vocational Education and Training (funded by the IPA Adriatic CBC Programme), an additional need for a re-newed cooperation among Regional Authorities in the field of education and VET is strongly emerging. KEPASS project has provided significant results in terms of harmonization of education systems in the Adriatic region through the setting up of a student mobility system for upper secondary schools.
The mobility system was supported by a working methodology for the accreditation of schools and recognition of skills acquired in the course of mobility: this is one of the major results of the project and the first step towards greater integration of education systems in the area Adriatic. The project results can be therefore capitalized in the EUSAIR context in the perspective of expanding the network of school institutes also to professional institutes, with particular attention to the Maritime Technical Poles and tourism schools. This initiative may bring not only the strengthening a real network of training systems in the Adriatic area but also take significant action for the integration of systems operating mainly on the educational and training objectives. The potential fallout in terms of support to the productive chain of the sea and tourism would be relevant together with the opportunity to improve and align skills targeted to the labor market need with particular attention to the characteristics of the Adriatic area.