News from the CompoWIN project, 10th May 2021
Since the beginning of November 2020 project partners (BICC Sandanski from Bulgaria, AFormX, aviation technology and precision mechanics llc from Slovenia, 3D Group Cluster 3D Technology from Croatia, Kuressaare Ametikool from Estonia, Sachsische Bildunggeselschaft Furumweltschutz und Chemiberufe Dresden MBH – SBG from Germany and RDC Zasavje from Slovenia) have been actively participating in the consortium of the CompoWIN project - More Skilled Hands for Hi-Tech Production. The project runs from 1. 11. 2020−31. 10. 2022. Cooperation is taking place under the auspices of the European commission program Erasmus +, Key Action 2 − Strategic partnership in the field of vocational education and training facilities.
The common thread of the project are composite materials and training in the field of composite industry, which boasts high added value, however the work is still done manually. In this way, they make airplanes, boats, sports equipment, wind turbine blades, and so on. Although the industry employs a lot of workers throughout Europe and generates approximately € 70 million in revenues every day, there are still quite weak links between industry and education.
The project partnership will focus on creating a comprehensive, useful and attractive training system for future composite materials manufacturers. The project will create curricula, materials for teachers and documents for self-evaluation. In combination with an existing on-line course compohub.eu, it will be possible to turn general technical knowledge or teaching into basic teaching techniques and knowledge of composite materials, while the aim of the project is also the ability for rapid deployment of training in organizations with no previous experience with composite materials. The project will strive to place the good practices of national vocational qualification in the education systems of Bulgaria and Croatia, and thus it is expected that this will encourage the dissemination of national vocational qualification in other EU countries.
Project partners elaborated the methodological guidelines for IO1 Competencies and skills framework, that will help and guide all the project partners in the implementation of project activities (focus groups, interviews, desk research, questioners, etc.) and therefore help the project partnership conduct a comprehensive analysis of the composite industry development in partners’ countries. As part of extensive field research, project partners will identify and map the key skills needed in companies of the composite industry in partner countries, to serve as the basis for the subsequent development of IO2 and IO3. The second part of IO1 will provide a more comprehensive outlook of the composite industry. It will result in the development of a Catalogue of opportunities and barriers for employment and a Perspective technologies focus catalogue.