Title Austausch von best Practices für den Transfer von Innovationen der GEO VET Berufsausbildung um die im Rahmen der EU GEO Politik wandelnden Bedürfnisse des Arbeitsmarktes in Europa zu beantworten
Project Number 2013-1-NL1-LEO05-12278
Project Type Innovationstransfer
Twenty years ago, a lost driver would have driven his car to the side of the road and looked for a map hidden in the glove compartment. Today he can quickly ask his smart phone for directions. This is due to the rapid development of geographic information technologies (GEO).
There is a growing need for well-trained students at all levels – vocational, bachelors, masters - in the GEO field. The European GEO labour market has many jobs but the GEO education community can not keep up pace, not producing enough qualified graduates.
Many European countries are struggling with the challenges of linking geospatial vocational education and training (VET) to labour market needs. There is a growing demand in the EU labour market for an adequate number of well-trained VET students in fields of land surveying, mapping data collection, storage and information supply. In order to tackle these issues, The Netherlands established the Geo Employment Market Foundation (SAGEO) in 2008. This foundation has had much success.
Geographic information technologies are becoming increasingly important and visible as an enabler for social well-being and economic activity. This is mainly due to fast developing technology and quick and easy access to data. Geospatial professions encompass disciplines of gathering, storing, processing, delivering, and turning data into information.
SAGEO is a broad consortium of public & private GEO partners. They completed a market study in 2008 that revealed that professions using geo-spatial technologies had a rather "dull" image and were therefore not attracting enough students. The study also revealed that GEO-related course curricula should innovate towards embedding and using modern technologies and interfaces.
- SAGEO launched a successful GO GEO campaign to promote GEO (VET) education and increase student enrolment (at all levels – vocational, bachelor, masters).
- SAGEO convinced five Dutch universities to collaborate and write a basic geographic information course "GI Minor" (25 students 1st Semester September 2012, 31 students 2nd Semester September 2013).
- SAGEO created GeoPlaza, a high tech web portal offering a platform the academic community including GEO students to meet with potential employers in order to find internships, starter jobs, invite as special guests and more.
This project will transfer the Dutch experience to Belgium, Bulgaria, and Lithuania (Transfer of Innovation, ToI) in order to avoid reinventing the wheel and unnecessary costs.
Description The project will host many activities such as workshops, roundtables, surveys and desk-top studies, where the European GEO community will be involved. If you wish to be kept informed about the development of this project, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berufsorientierung und -beratung
Erbringung von Freiberuflichen, Wissenschaftlichen und Technischen Dienstleistungen
Information und Kommunikation
Erziehung und Unterricht
Verfahren zur Analyse und Prognose des Berufsbildungsbedarfes
The GEO VET Skills Plus project starts on October 1st 2013 and will carry out the following objectives in Belgium, Bulgaria and Lithuania:
1. Identify and set up a Cooperation Model to offer optimal solutions for the mismatch between GEO jobs and qualified graduates.
2. Indentify and set up optimal ways to Raise Awareness of GEO studies and increase student enrolment.
3. Identify to which extent a gap exists between the supply of GEO jobs and the demand for qualified graduates, and set up ways to bridge the gap (in today’s rapidly advancing technological times).