Title KNOW-IN - Knowledge-Intensive Freight Transport SMEs. For a new generation of smart, sustainable and inclusive oriented Road-Managers.
Project Number 517589-LLP-2011-ES-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
The transport sector is one of the most important sectors for the European economy. The innovative aspect of KNOW-IN project stands in its capability to face the difficulties of SMEs in the freight road transport sector in improving working conditions, including personnel development and ethics, so as to create preconditions to attracting and retaining a future workforce, and on the other hand to face properly the current crisis.
This project will improve the competitiveness of the European system through an acquired capability to encouraging SMEs in promote learning in the workplace environment, through the creation of attractive models of learning provision about the most needed skills for the future, enabling learning everywhere and at any time, and creating the new figure of “Knowledge-Intensive Road Manager”, able to bring innovation within SMEs.
A set of really innovative tools, answering to the needs of the most critical target in a knowledge based Europe.
This project aimed at creating a new professional figure for the transport sector: the Road Manager for Knowledge- Intensive Freight Transport SMEs (KRIM), endowed with innovative management skills, tools and intervention methods needed in order to face the main trends affecting the sector: (1) Globalisation; (2) Ageing and difficulties in recruiting Qualified people; and (3) political and societal demands for Sustainability.
The KIRM has created a learning conducive environments at the workplace, properly coordinating workers in a Safe, Sustainable and Ethical-oriented way, balancing ‘lean’ thinking with a developmental approach to HR management and improving the image of the sector. Thus resulting in improved working conditions, including health and safety, in the transport sector, and in the creation of preconditions to attracting and retaining a future workforce.
- Development of sectoral methods for anticipation of skills needs;
- Designing and implementation of specific initiatives that stimulate sector SMEs to invest in training;
- Development of a new model of training provision within an overall lifelong learning strategy for the transport sector, taking into account barriers existing among SMEs;
- Set-up of the EQF of the new professional figure of the MKIS, endowed with more advanced skills needed to: (1)quickly pick up new trends, explore new markets and channels, invest in customer relations, (2)provide attractive working conditions as well as learning-conducive environments, (3)organise the logistics of the transport process to become more environmentally friendly;
- Developing flexible devices for validation, transfer and recognition of learning outcomes, using ECVET principles;
- Development of the Info-Formative Toolkit for the new KRIMS – with a strong use of simulation and blended learning modalities;
- Training up to 200 KRIMs at EU level
- Set up of an European Peer-Development Network for KRIMs.
KNOW-IN objectives were a better anticipation of skill needs together with the reduction of labour markets mismatches in the EU freight road transport sector are highly needed.
The proposed strategy aimed at minimising social costs and facilitating adaptation during restructuring processes through a better anticipation and positive management of change, via the promotion of a strategic management of human resources and fostering stronger synergies between innovation, skills and jobs, taking into account the global context and encouraging adaptations to national and regional level in an ethical oriented way.
A strategy focusing on overall key objectives of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the European Union road transport sector, namely:
1.Enhance the development of human capital in the EU road freight transport sector
2. Improve the image of the sector, as well as health and safety conditions
3.Improve environmentally friendly and sustainable strategies.
Road transport is hugely dominated by SMEs. Due to these specific circumstances, strategic and visionary skills as well as initiative-taking are even more important for road managers, i.e. top management and company owners/ entrepreneurs, but also including different specialist managers, such as HRM, finance, production, sales, and R&D management.
This proposal aims at creating a new professional figure for the road freight transport sector: the Road Manager for Knowledge Intensive SMEs (KIRM), endowed with innovative management skills, tools and intervention methods needed in order to face the main trends affecting the sector (Globalisation, Ageing and lack of higher Qualified people, Low-carbon economy).
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material for open learning
program or curricula
KNOW-IN has provided new solutions in terms of:
-Development of sectoral methods for anticipation of skills needs (New skills for Knowledge-Intensive Road Managers (KIRM); References to main sectoral observatories/ associations at different national levels and at European level and a list of contact person per country).
-Designing and implementation of specific initiatives that stimulate sector SMEs’ incentives to invest in training (Decalogue for future knowledge intensive transport SMEs + motivational guidelines for companies in all the project languages + a Label for companies accepting the agreement).
-Development of a new model of training provision within an overall lifelong learning strategy for the transport sector, taking into account barriers existing among SMEs and micro enterprises (New model of training provision for the freight road transport sector - all the languages).
-Set up of the EU curricula of the new professional figure of the Knowledge-Intensive Road Manager (KIRM), endowed with more advanced planning and management skills (The new European Qualification Framework of the KIRM, in terms of knowledge, skills and competencies needed in order to be able to (1) quickly pick up new trends, explore new markets and channels, invest in customer relations, (2) providing attractive working conditions as well as learning conducive environments; (3) organise the logistics of the transport process to become more environmentally friendly).
-Developing flexible devices for validation, transfer and recognition of learning outcomes, using ECVET principles (Device for validation, transfer and recognition of learning outcomes).
-Development of the Info Formative Toolkit for the new KIRM – with a strong use of simulation and blended learning modalities (Info Formative Toolkit for the new KIRM in all the languages).
-Training of a number of KIRM varying from 100 to 200 (6 Training sessions for the new KIRM).
-Set up of an European Peer Development Network for KIRM (European Peer Development Network for KIRM).