Title New European Models for Plastic Welding Education
Project Number 2010-1-NO1-LEO05-01968
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
EuroPlast expands learning skills by disseminating new inquiry-based training methods in Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia and Norway.
The pedagogical method combines
• Cases from industrial manufacturing.
• Problem-based learning methods where theory is immediately applied into practice.
• Video solutions and use of modern, widely accessible and easy-to-use digital blackboards.
• A new approach for industrial training, including the implementation of modern learning tools.
The results include:
Multilingual educational material.
• Video clips of welding processes and training activities.
• Awareness is raised, and training is given to instructors and trainers.
• Training of plastic welding specialists from various industries.
• Vocational education and training schools and companies which educate plastic welders in Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary and Norway, use Activity Based Training.
• Seminars, conferences and exhibitions for transfer of knowledge to stakeholders in Europe.
Reason: Competing demands and pressure on limited fresh water resources as well as lack of adequate distribution of natural gas (as demonstrated by the current energy crises in Europe in 2009), clearly raise the demands for new pipeline systems in central Europe in order to create a sustainable and predefined distribution of gas. These two huge transportation phenomena’s require within several large fields only medium to low pressure piping up to 25 bar, where utilization of new
plastic material and joining technologies significantly improve existing distribution systems.
Main aims: Increase the number of certified welders within the plastic welding sector. Demonstrate the relevance of European harmonized education within the plastic welding society, and implement new pedagogical methods into the VET schools in NO, SK and SL.
Partnership: The consortium has a strong industrial presence with strong ties to training organizations (Vitec), distance learning methods, blended learning, video technologies (HiST), and plastic welding industry (MHtE, VuZ and IZV) leading to identification of inadequacies in current training systems and standards for effective instructor training delivery. The partnership has complementary expertise and tasks. They have cooperated successfully previously. Staff from MHtE and HiST were key partners in the Hamster project.
Outcomes: i) Multilingual plastic welding courses which will increase the competence and knowledge in the welding community, ii) Level specific instructor training to VET schools and in-company trainers, iii) Disseminating new pedagogical methodologies exploring advanced video streaming technology, digital blackboards and harmonized skills transfer within a set of training courses towards SME´s, iv) EuroPlast portal based up on European standards, and vi) National seminars that promote European harmonized guidelines in order to secure free movement of personnel.
Impact: Increase the attractiveness of plastic welding education, and strengthen the European VET system for this purpose. Demonstrate use of training principles that ultimately benefit staff that need to combine training with work,
family and social activities. This will especially benefit women who have traditionally been educated as welders outside the traditional school system.
The urgent need for new natural gas distribution systems in Europe become evident during the energy crisis in January 2009. It is important to improve the current limitations in the energy distribution system, as plastic welding defects are discontinuities which present possible fracture problems followed by accelerating repair costs.
Thus, it is necessary to enhance the attractiveness of VET education and training. This includes disseminating a new competence transfer model, a new measurable quality assurance system, and a new pedagogical principle for organizing, delivering, and deploying effective production technology transfer.
To address an important general issue within the processes of lifelong learning and upgrading of skills: How to efficiently transfer advanced production process knowledge to students who are looking for a profession which to a large extent has required practical training with a minimum of theoretical education and where the students have limited knowledge of mathematics? This is of particular importance in the plastic welding industry where failures related to incorrect operating procedures result in complex repairs and increasing life cycle costs.
Utilization and distribution of results
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
Multilingual educational material
Video clips of welding processes and training activities
The distribution of Activity Based Training (ABT) learning environments to vocational education and training schools and also to companies that educate plastic welders in Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary and Norway
Awareness is raised and training is given to instructors and trainers
Training courses are offered to plastic welding specialists from various industries
Seminars, conferences and exhibitions for the transfer of knowledge to stakeholders in Europe
Participating institutes, vocational schools and companies may utilize the ABT environment to offer a range of courses in Europe.