Title Improvement on the accessibility of welding related training courses
Project Number 2010-1-PL1-LEO05-11441
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Welding - "cool", "clever" and "clean" technology
It is a fact that the number of qualified welding personnel has been decreasing over the last years, and a way to reverse this trend had to be developed since industry has difficulties in contracting skilled workers in this field ("Shortage of welding personnel", DVS, 2008). It was estimated that in 2010, the shortage of welders reached 200 000. The industry using welding represents an added value of € 86 billion in welding and related activities.
Nowadays, the process of substituting the well experienced welding professionals leaving the job market is not answering the industry/market needs. Comparing to ICT specializations, the welding and joint technologies professions seem not to be so appealing for young people. In the scenery of economic crisis, it is quite important to call to younger’s attention to different opportunities, namely at an early stage of the education, like secondary schools. It was intended to make students aware about the choice of following a career in a well paid welding related job like professional welder or welding engineer.
As so, the aim of this project was to support the improvement on the accessibility to welding related courses using best practices developed by the Swedish(SVETS) and Finish(WSF) partners focusing the secondary school students who are about to start his/her professional life and transferring them to other countries as a mean to revert the downward spiral regarding the number of welding related personnel nowadays.
The consortium had a strong geographical representativeness, knowledge and expertise in training and qualification of welding related personnel. IS (PL) acted as the applicant of the project and EWF (secretariat) as the coordinating partner, being also responsible for project dissemination the throughout Europe. The SVETS and WSF transferred their experience and knowledge in what regards to its expertise and strategy used in the actions conducted in Sweden and Finland as well as in the development of promotional materials and marketing campaigns for secondary school students. ISQ (PT), IS (PL), IIS (IT), ASR (RO) and MHtE (HU) acted as target countries concerning the implementation of the new strategy for promoting the EWF Qualification System.
The main outcomes of ACCESSWELD were: promotional material translated into Portuguese, Polish, Italian, Lithuanian and Hungarian; preparation of a didactic game to be used as a tool to attract young people to welding related career and organization of seminars and workshops for secondary school students to promote the EWF Qualification System in welding technology professions.
The main impact resulting from this project was an increased awareness of the students regarding the existence of a Harmonised Welding Qualification System, which diplomas are recognized in 29 European countries. The image of welding as a "cool", "clever" and "clean" technology was also expected to be improved with this project running.
The specific objectives of AccessWeld were:
- Develop a dissemination methodology in the participating countries targeting young secondary students
- Develop a didactic computer game, aiming at attracting the attention of secondary students towards welding subjects
- To assure the quality and access to continuing vocational education and certification for life-long competencies and better employability of welding professionals, across national borders.
The overall objective of this project was to increase the number of welding personnel because the welding industry is suffering a decrease in the number of qualified personnel, and the purpose of this project was to try and reverse that trend of decreasing personnel by reaching young students and showing them that a profession linked with welding could be a safe bet in the future.
This was linked with Priority 4: Develop Vocational Skills considering the labour market needs, because this project was addressing a clear labour market need since the professionals with welding qualifications were decreasing.
Youngsters are attracted by professional areas like ICT or design and do not favour manufacturing jobs that are often associated with harsh working environments, long hours and low salaries. For the sake of maintaining core manufacturing in Europe there is an absolute need to reverse this trend.
This project was based on the work already developed in other projects and within the training sector of welding and manufacturing technologies. The AccessWeld project transferred knowledge and know-how from the partner involved in the initial development done in the project this proposal was based on (raising awareness of students in secondary schools and training them as welders) to 5 new countries interested in using the experience gained by the Swedish partner as a best practice.
This project had a strong geographical representativeness, counting with the presence of countries from different regions of Europe. It also counted with the participation of EWF that were able to disseminate the project results around 29 countries in Europe, reaching a large number of training institutions that might show interest in the project.
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The products of the projects were:
- Guideline on the methodology to be used during the project regarding the activities/seminars to be performed in Secondary Schools
- Didactic Computer Game: a computer game aimed at introducing welding subjects in a interactive way
- Seminars in 5 different Countries (PT, PL, IT, LT, HU)
- Promotional material: leaflet, poster, publications
- Quality Management Guide
- Project Website
- Guide book addressing the rules for the approval of Authorised Training Bodies