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PROJECT CONNECT-The bridge that connects opportunities to young professionals in-the-making in the shipping industry

Adopt a Ship geared  towards grade school children Running now in Greece

A useful, sustainable and well-developed “tool” involving assigning vessels to elementary schools’ classrooms for direct e-mail communication, between pupil and master

In 2020, 650 children who had no clue about Shipping learned about it and that it is their heritage. They wrote letters to Captains and Crew at Sea during the pandemic.

Back to School 2020-2021

Adopt a Ship Video – School Year 2019 – 2020

Minister of Shipping Testimonial

Setting sails for its 3rd school year now

Enroll a vessel for adoption and see the smiles on children’s faces!

Adopt a Ship Program, Guide & Vessel Enrollment Form

PROJECT CONNECT’S vision is a sustainable and competitive

Greek shipping industry,

with its unique maritime tradition to be passed on by the “Brain-Bank”, which are the same managers, captains and principals who currently run the companies.

This is why PROJECT CONNECT suggests work-study opportunities in operations departments and offers “Niata Psila” & exclusive Admin Skills Set training seminars to promote “Brain Gain”.

Be stronger together.

Share the vision? Join us!

Be a PROJECT CONNECT Member

E-mail your completed Membership Form today

Approved by:

HELLENIC MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

AND RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS

Who We Are?

Who we are is about what we believe and do.

We believe Gandhi’s statement: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.

The NPO, PROJECT CONNECT, established on May 27, 2015, offers a rainbow of opportunities to young professionals in-the-making to help jump start their careers in the shipping industry they have selected. We facilitate the sharing of resources through professional assistance where needed and have placed over 50 candidates in shipping companies in the last 5 years, via our online CV Database and referrals.

PROJECT CONNECT is an influencing force, contributing to the cultivation of Greece’s next generation workforce; many Founding Members of reputable shipping companies & the maritime cluster share our vision of offering work experience to “young professionals in-the-making”, in order to sustain the excellence in the Greek Shipping Industry!

In January 2019, PROJECT CONNECT successfully implemented maritime knowledge in Greek elementary schools for the first time, through the Cypriot educational program “Adopt a Ship”. By 2020, 33 classrooms from 16 public and private schools have been communicating with 26 seagoing vessels’ masters from 14 shipping companies. In total, AaS program is branding the Hellenic Shipping Industry in 650 pupils.

Our Vision

We envision a changing-for-the-better future Greece, by sustaining one of its top resources, the Greek Shipping Industry Success Story. We support the “can do” mind set and the aim for excellence that has built it. We instill this mind set into the next generation workforce, who shall ultimately reinforce Greek Shipping’s competitiveness in the international arena.

We all must be part of this change.

Our Mission

To enhance opportunities for youth employability in Greece by offering internships and placements in ship operations departments and in vessels, where the new entry will absorb expert know-how and experiences from (the “brain bank”)(managers, captains and principals) and develop skill sets.

What’s the chain about?

The Chain, our logo, is by Artist Eva Divari who has travelled on ships all her life. Each individual employee is like a link in a chain. If one link brakes, the entire chain is broken. Let’s ensure that each “link” is strong and the chain is tightly united resulting in strong and healthy companies able to compete in the international arena.

Why we started & how?

“Χαλεπώτερον το φυλάττειν του κτήσασθαι” Demosthenes statement: “It is more difficult to preserve than to acquire”

Co-founders, Irene Notias and Angeliki Livanou, observed young job seekers’ hopelessness during the Greek financial crisis, ongoing since 2010. Their general belief was that no connections meant no jobs. Notias and Livanou decided to become “The CONNECTION”. They investigated the low hiring rate in the Shipping Industry, a risk to companies’ sustainability. They found that although there was a need for fresh manpower, young job seekers lacked the know-how and skill sets enabling them to offer support.

Encouragement of a vast client base to offer training to interns and newly qualified candidates and show them how via HR strategies became “The CONNECTION’s” goal; sound advice to the newcomers to develop their skill sets and value meritocracy was also offered. The start to solving an underlying problem had been made. Soon after, “The CONNECTION” joined forces with HR executive Mrs. Efharis Perpinia.

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