The port sector and its constituent organizations operate in a constantly changing environment and must deal with a concentration of large ship owners, the emergence of global handlers, paperless systems for data interchange, the development of public/private partnerships, new security requirements, as well as being mindful of the ecological impact on the environment.
There are also many changes that all port community stakeholders must anticipate and integrate so as to continually improve the effectiveness of ports and strengthen their competitiveness.
Being aware of this, the National Ports Agency has offered port community operators’ community training courses and seminars detailing the new regulations and new management and operation methods in a modern operating port. These courses and seminars have taken place through the Port Training Institute (IFP) since 1984. This ongoing training builds on experience gained over time in Morocco’s numerous ports and is enriched by national and international partnerships, thematic conferences, as well as meetings that foster and promote the exchange of insights and skills between professionals in the sector.
A pedagogical approach suitable for evolving programs
The pedagogical approach chosen by IFP combines academic knowledge and practice with a bias towards case studies and putting course participants out into the field. Programs are adjusted each year based on the needs expressed by operators and the new operational realities of the sector. They mainly cover the following areas :
- ◊ Port logistics ;
- ◊ Port management and regulation jobs ;
- ◊ Port handling jobs ;
- ◊ Port infrastructure management ;
- ◊ Port safety and security ;
- ◊ Management ;
- ◊ Office automaton.
IFP also provides “tailored” training within the framework of training conventions.
Adapted means and resources
Located near the port of Casablanca, IFP has an infrastructure as well as equipment adapted for ongoing training and port job development, an amphitheater with 150 seats, two multimedia rooms, two conference and seminar rooms, two multi-purpose rooms for classes and workshops, a documentation center, a language laboratory, and a cafeteria. Beyond these modern facilities, IFP has a powerful next-generation simulator that provides a realistic training environment for driving various port equipments.
The IFP educational body is comprised of permanent senior trainers, agency and ad hoc mariners, as well as a broad range of experts mobilized through international cooperation.
Supported partnership and cooperation
Based on a culture of exchange and experiences, IFP’s vision favors and promotes partnership and cooperation between the academic world and other training organizations (Engineering and Management schools, Merchant Navy officer schools, etc.), as well as maritime cargo and logistical operators.
IFP is also involved in engineering training activities and projects with various African port organizations.
Training by numbers
- ◊ 16.166 trainees in the port sector ;
- ◊ 57.334 training days ;
- ◊ 588 African officers and executives trained under Morocco-African Countries Bilateral Cooperation.