Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text EURIAC aims to create a hands-on, integrated European Class in automation to support VET students in the acquisition and use of knowledge, skills and competences to facilitate personal development, employability and entry to a European labour market.
The European class will be conducted in the form of European student mobilities à 2 weeks including both training and work placement. In doing so, the project will tackle the following main identified problems:
Interest gap – Few youngsters in Europe are interested in VET, especially not in industrial technology, as they find it a low quality option. Opportunities to study and work in an international environment will not only make existing VET pathways more attractive, they will also increase the students’ employability both at a national and European level.
Knowledge gap – Due to the rapid technology shift in industry - causing multi-skills needs in industrial automation - and the lack of communication and cooperation between VET providers and the industry a mismatch on industrial skills needs and the learning outcomes of students in VET has arisen. Industry claims students are poorly educated and due to that not employable.
ECVET/EQF gap – Studies, initiatives and projects aiming to develop and utilize the ECVET device in VET have been conducted and there is an ongoing process of mapping national qualification frameworks (NQF) to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) to provide a common reference framework that will simplify the comparison of VET in Europe. However, more work on the practical implementation of ECVET in national VET is required to increase and ensure transparency and transferability of KSC gained abroad to the national system. The impact envisaged is also an increase in mobility opportunities in VET and closer cooperation and exchange of experience between VET providers in Europe.
Due to the composition of the consortium - a selection of renowned and experienced representatives from industry, administration and education – the EURIAC project will not only ensure the creation, implementation and verification of the European class concept, it will also provide excellent opportunities to disseminate and exploit the project outcome to strategic stakeholders on a European level.
In conclusion, in addressing these vital European issues the EURIAC project facilitates the creation of a European identity and by that promotes European cohesion.
This project will have a "bottom up" approach by exploiting and developing results from other projects. Teachers who are working direct with the students will also be involved in developing the content of the technical modules. In order to respond to companies' competence needs and to make it possible to recognize learning outcomes gained abroad each partner will elaborate training units in conformity with the ECVET technical specifications. Each partner will be responsible for the recognition of these units within its own national VET system.
There will be eight work packages in total. Three work-packages will be towards project management, valorization, evaluation and market analysis. Five work packages will work against the three recognised problems, implementation of EQF and ECVET, knowledge gap and finally interest gap.
The Project arranged four project meeting and a final Conference. Products like Memorandum of Understanding, Learning agreements and 4 units of learnings outcomes have been created and tested. The industry and ecucation sector have also been given the opportunity to give feed-back.
The 4 units of learning outcomes are based on the market analys that were carried out in the beginning of the project.
The units cover these field:
Unit A: Working with FMS (Flexible Manufacturing System) system (responsible Spain)
Unit B: Working with motor controllers (responsible Holland)
Unit C: Working with analogue signals (responsible Finland)
Unit D: Working with safety systems (responsible Sweden)
The four unit have been tested during mobility periods in Spain, Holland, Finland and Sweden 2012-2014. During these mobilities were also assessment grids created and tested.
The results from the Project will be utilised in Leonardo da Vinci mobility project in the future.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
transparency and certification
This is a list of products created during the Project:
Units of Learning Outcomes
Memorandum of Understanding
Leaflet for Mobility
Checklist for Mobility
Global Mobility Plan
EURIAC Template Students
EURIAC Template Receiving Organisation
EURIAC Template Open Questions for Discussion
Europass Guidelines EURIAC
Framework Conditions for EURIAC Implementation
Market Analysis on Industry Skills Needs in Maintenance
New questions to the database of the validation system ValidMaint
Different project support templates
Publications for communication & dissemination
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