Title VETAAL- Development of a training path for European Furniture Experts in Designing and Manufacturing of AAL Integrated Furniture for the Care and Support of Elderly and Disabled People
Project Number 540016-LLP-1-2013-1-ES-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
VETAAL project aims to improve the matching between Vocational education and training (VET) provisions and Skills needs by helping European professionals to acquire the skills needed for the design and manufacturing of Smart Support Furniture for Ambient Assisted Living. VETAAL platform will connect experts and students from the furniture sector. Users will have the chance of sharing information, knowledge and experiences with other EU users. VETAAL will also become the first step for collaborations, which is aligned with the purposes of the EC: an approach to enhance the EU cooperation in AAL and its correct integration in the furniture sector.
For the partners involved, the benefit is the Knowledge and skills acquisition related to applying them in their product and manufacturing process. It will also reduce the dependency of furniture SMEs on other auxiliary organizations like environmental consultancies, and furthermore, SMEs will offer competitive Smart Support Furniture for AAL
The care and support of elderly and disabled people is a very emerging market niche for the
furniture sector. In order to cover the requirements of this group, more and more furniture organizations are focusing on this market even integrating AAL (Ambient Assisted Living)systems in their final products producing what is called Smart Support Furniture. However, it has been found that most of the furniture manufacturers do not have a staff with skilled employees for designing and manufacturing products for this sector according to the specific safety and mechanical needs (CE marked, ISO Standards, etc) that these products must accomplish in order to fulfill legal and safety requirements for European and International Markets.
The main objective of VETAAL is to address the challenges of the vocational skill mismatch that the new demand of an AAL-integrated Habitat has produced, by the development and validation of a harmonized European curriculum based on the principles of ECVET in the area of design and manufacture of Smart Support
Furniture (furniture for the care and support of both elderly and disabled people) that
integrates e-learning and face-to-face learning to the benefit of experts working in the furniture sector or preparing to enter the labour market and to improve lifelong learning.
The specific objectives (SO) of the VETAAL project are:
SO1. Define skills needs in the field of AAL and requirements for designing and manufacturing Smart Support Furniture for Ambient Assisted Living.
SO2. Design and develop a Joint Curriculum on Smart Support Furniture for Ambient Assisted Living by implementing innovative methods in e-learning and face-to-face learning.
SO3. Develop a Multilingual eLearning Platform for teaching the remote learning part.
SO4. Involve VET policy makers contributing to the outcome dissemination to guidance services, representative organisations as well as to relevant national, regional or local authorities, exploiting the project outcomes and recognizing it as a standard VET model, which will ensure a high impact on VET policies.
SO5: Develop a Memorandum of Understanding: Defining criteria for memorandum of understanding and recognition of learning outcomes and concluding a MoU to shape future operational partnerships between partners.
SO6: Develop Draft training recommendations that can be adopted by training institutions in all European countries
SO7: Develop Draft training recommendations that can be adopted by training institutions in all EU countries
VETAAL will eliminate definitely the existing lack of knowledge and skills between professionals in the furniture industry related to Ambient Assisted Living and their application in designing and manufacturing of Smart Support Furniture for Ambient Assisted Living. Thus, a harmonised curriculum will pave the ground for the development of transparent and comparable qualifications at European level. It is addressed to professionals from the furniture sector, mainly SMEs:
• Vocational Students
• Production staff
VETAAL will set three different training paths depending on the user’s professional background. The training paths will also be based on four main learning pillars (Basic concepts on electronics and design, psychology and needs of elderly and disabled and AAL integration in furniture) which will be developed in detail between all the partners according to the real training needs of the target sector.
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Information and Communication
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
open and distance learning
material for open learning
VETAAL platform will connect experts and students from the furniture sector. Users will have the chance of sharing information, knowledge and experiences with other EU users. VETAAL will also become the first step for collaborations, which is aligned with the purposes of the EC: an approach to enhance the EU cooperation in AAL and its correct integration in the furniture sector.
VETALL will address the vocational skills mismatches and shortages described above by:
1.Defining the skills needs related to Designing and Manufacturing of AAL Integrated Furniture for the Care and Support of Elderly and Disabled People.
2.Designing a novel joint curriculum
3.Delivering the curriculum
4.Ensuring that the outcomes are effectively disseminated, exploited and the results are integrated into qualification structure in the field of the furniture sector