Title Increase Vocational Skills to Face Earthquake Risk Inside of Buildings
Project Number 517560-LLP-1-2011-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text The project aims to bring new approach to furniture industry via creating an education programme about nonstructural elements inside buildings against the earthquake risks which is a virgin area for furniture workers and manufacturers. The main result of the project will be an e-learning system which will include design techniques of nonstructural elements such as chairs, windows, doors, sofas, tables, wardrobes, kitchens, mattresses for many different uses (e.g. households, schools, offices).
Summary The furniture industry is one of the largest manufacturing industries of Europe. The sector needs to have an innovative point in design approach to compete with continuously growing Asian market. The VET programmes have to be improved in parallel with the sector. Currently, VET providers have education programs which are absolutely not covering the sectorial innovation needs and focus on technical issues, not design. Design is considered at university level and as the sector is mainly based on SME’s which couldn’t employ designers, the design approach is partly disregarded in current situation. Within this project, we would like to create a new job opportunity to the sector representatives which is directly related to human life! The project focuses on prevention of loss of life, property and function of the buildings during earthquakes by producing non-structural elements considering the risks. Neither in on the point of the VET, nor on the point of the seismology science, the non-structural elements have been taken into account in European level. More than 300 thousand people died and 260 million inhabitants are under the risk of the earthquake now in EU. The SISMILE project would like to create an eLearning package about design techniques on prevention of the risks caused by nonstructural elements inside buildings during earthquakes for furniture workers and manufacturers. This eLearning will train the target group members via creating a real-world simulation and showing the effects of the correct or false designed non-structural elements on inhabitants during the disasters. The training content will be multilingual (EN, TR, IT, SP, GR, BU, RO) and national – cultural differences of the partner countries will be involved. The training programme could be used as a part of current informal, non-formal and formal training systems, but at the same time it could be used individually. It will be created by the cooperations of 8 organizations from 7 countries.
Facing with the contemporary problems of the furniture industry, the education programs also must be contemporary, easily update-able, cost-benefit designed and specified. For covering the weakness of the sector called “personalizing products” also must be considered in education programs. Unfortunately current education programs are mainly based on the technical part of the production. In recent years the design approach in furniture production is continuously being developed but the statistics show that it is not enough to compete with Asia which is the highest growth of furniture apparent consumption. The globalization is changing the structure of labor intensive industries such as the furniture industry. Besides, there is an important subject which has not been considered as a design subject for furniture production until now such as “designing of the nonstructural elements inside the buildings against the risks caused by the earthquakes” which is the most dangerous disaster of the Europe.
Understanding of size of the possible return of the project result, it is necessary to be perceived the figures in Europe related with earthquake disaster. The history of Europe is full of the earthquake disasters which cost hundred thousands of life and millions Euro of properties. The earthquake risk still continues and it will never end and the population in earthquake area is more than 260 million people now. The project’s subject is a cross-border and transnational issue which has not been focused via education programmes until now. Via reaching the aim of the project, the loss’ degrees of life, property and sustainability caused by earthquakes will be decreased.
This project will bend over on this subject and via this will kill two birds with one stone. Firstly the furniture industry will have new subject to work on and increase the area of employment and secondly the risks caused by non-structural elements during the earthquakes will be decreased.
Orderly the project results will have cascade objectives;
1) The workers and manufacturers in furniture industry will be trained about the application techniques about non-structural elements inside the buildings against earthquake risks
2) Trained workers and manufacturers will apply these techniques to the buildings in European earthquake risk area and will get profit from it
3) This profit will increase the employability in the furniture industry
4) Application of these techniques will decrease the risks and the losses’ of life, properties and sustainability.
Open and distance learning
Other Service Activities
open and distance learning
The output of the project is a tool which could be adapted to the current vocational training programmes in furniture design/production training systems and be used without any special arrangement. Also it could be used out of the formal and informal current education training programmes by the supports of employers, employer associations, trade unions, municipalities, local authorities and other similar organizations. Nature of the product avoids disseminating itself in a wide range crew. Therefore the partnership plans to reach to the stakeholders to provide the involvement of them beyond the life time of the project.
This aim will be reached with several approaches;
- Providing the deep involvement of the target group and sector representatives during the project life time
- Setting up good relations with vocational training providers to provide their usage after the project life
- Creating a system which covers the standard training and qualification approaches such as European Qualification Framework
- Creating a system which also covers the expectations caused by the national and cultural differences
- Presentation of the systems to the final benefits and provide them to understand that how could they get benefit, if they use the system
- Reminding the importance of the nonstructural elements risks prevention against earthquakes to the local authorities, politicians and key organizations
- Creation of a certification system which will help to improve the employability and interests of the furniture workers and which will also help the distribution of the product within the current training systems via accrediting by National Ministries or other authorized organizations
- Searching for the silent partners and by taking silent partner to provide a feeling more responsibility to volarize the project result.
Thanks to new information and communication techniques which provides training by eliminating the distance, economic, language and time problems. The eLearning system will be free and open to usage of the target group and it will be disseminated on internet thanks to the search engines and links and by other dissemination activities. Within project lots of activities are planned to reach the target group in long term, after the end of the project such as dissemination conferences, web site, published materials, accreditation works, press releases and meetings...
Besides the multilingual side of the project (English, Turkish, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Greek, and Bulgarian) will help to reach the target group in long term. The targeted countries’ languages which are under risk of earthquake will be presented in the project and so the target users could use the system without foreign language knowledge.
Therefore the applicant guarantees to update the content and technique side of the eLearning at minimum 3 years after the project ends according to the temporary developments in the sector.