Why & How you can help?

PROJECT CONNECT needs everyone’s support and feedback!

Why to be a Member

By joining, you contribute to the cultivation of the Greek maritime tradition in the next generation workforce together with us.

Membership form

It is a “chicken and egg” cycle story.  Employers hire youth with work experience, but few offer that first chance to gain it. Training interns who stay for few months is not exactly an investment companies can afford. Many newcomers enter the workforce untrained in admin and shipping business standards that would normally, efficiently and effectively, support our Shipping offices and vessels .

Hence, how are companies sustainable with a workforce that lacks the necessary experiences and skills sets, that will help them cope and handle the new changes and challenges coming up in their lifetime.

PROJECT CONNECT encourages gaining work experience while studying and aims to make the processes easier for all concerned. Learning from, what we call, the existing “brain bank” that are running the vessels and offices now is the best preparation the next gen workforce can gain. It supports students of the educational institutions that you might be working with, and serves as an auxiliary facility to their career placement departments.

PROJECT CONNECT Work-Ship Program is a work-study program in steps and levels which includes professional self-development seminars.

PROJECT CONNECT offers the opportunity to shipping companies to handle internship programs without disturbing the existing personnel’s activity.

It offers a unique HR recruiting experience with the 1st in Shipping, ONLINE CV PLATFORM, especially designed by Shipping and HR experts for employers of the Shipping community, to connect with pre-screened shipping students and grads, for placements. It is an efficient and effective way to run internships and entry level placements. Select pre-screened students that have received instruction on basic administrative tasks, conduct in a shipping company and passed a soft skills assessment (the owiwi game).  Candidates at your finger tips when you need them.

Numerous “young professionals in-the-making” have been helped in their first steps by PROJECT CONNECT member companies. They are currently developing, contributing, and excelling in shipping offices in Greece and abroad, and at sea.   Read the testimonials here.

You are invited to offer opportunities of learning about office work, from freshman period onward, through our facility, all for the sake of sustaining the excellence in Greece’s shipping success story together! Y

Help  “young professionals in-the-making” to “jump start” their careers in the shipping industry, whether sea-going or on-shore by joining PROJECT CONNECT.

* PROJECT CONNECT does not guarantee any placements. It aims to help enhance the chances for employability. *

What do you gain by being a member?

As a Member company, your annual donation commitment, provides you access to our Member’s Kit, the online CV Database of pre-screened shipping students and grads and you are part and parcel of planting the seed of maritime knowledge and increasing awareness of seafarers’ life and the shipping industry through the Adopt a Ship program that we administer in Greek schools nationwide. This unique and amazing maritime educational program, Adopt a Ship, is making kids want to come to Shipping and work at sea, when they grow up!  The recent stats show 50% interest in primary school pupils want to be captains and engineers!

Also you will be a role model which is the best way a child can learn from.    Come on board PROJECT CONNECT’s “Mentor-ships”.

You get the opportunity to share your success story with the young professionals in-the-making.

Participating companies enhanced their ESG, CSR profile. You will too!

From 2021 onward, newly joined companies will be considered "Members", distinguishing the Founder Members for their unique support in our developmental stages.

As a Contributor, you volunteer your HR, Communication, Admin/IT services.

As a Sponsor, you sponsor a workshop seminar/webinar, Adopt a Ship, internship or a (CARE’s Tool)

With your membership you are supporting the below activities:

Work-Ship Programs:

Give a student a work experiences WHILE ATTENDING SCHOOL;  for ready, willing & able students, developing office & project admin skillsets, learning about their professionalism and enhancing their employability upon graduation.

Level 1 Shipping Office Visits

Level 2 Apprenticeships (μαθητείες)

Level 2 b Sandwich Courses

Level 3 Internships

4. Entry level – enters the workforce

Share your work experiences and be part of the “Brain-bank”. Take on interns for 1-month Shipping Office Visit (i.e. summer period) or for 2-6 months Internship or Apprenticeship (μαθητεία) and use the files of our PROJECT CONNECT Work-Study programs, easing the handling process and saving your personnel time (included in the Member’s Kit).

Professional Seminars / Webinars

Adopt a Ship Educational Program

Work-Ship Programs