The European project MeMeVET’s main goal is industrial innovation and integration in the European labour market. It will be presented at HANNOVER MESSE during ITKAM COLLOQUIUM next April 2nd. (Conference Area 19/20, NEW YORK Hall, 5pm – 9pm).
ITKAM COLLOQUIUM is a successful venture by ITKAM, the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Germany: an important opportunity for gathering information, making comparisons and networking on current events related to Italian and German entrepreneurial communities.
The event is being held for the third consecutive year at HANNOVER MESSE, where it is organized in close partnership with Hannover Fairs International GmbH.
Agreement N: 2017-3593/001-001 / Project N: 591854-EPP-1-2017-1-DE-EPPKA2-SSA
During the COLLOQUIUM on April 2nd 2019, which will be dedicated to new frontiers in Artificial Intelligence, the General Secretary of ITKAM Eliomaria Narducci will present the MeMeVET project, which bears ITKAM’s signature and invests in training for innovation.
Let us ask Vincenza D’Ambrogio, Senior Project Manager of MeMeVET, for a preview.
What are the specifics of the MeMeVET project? What is its target? What are its goals?
MeMeVET is a transnational project involving 15 partners from five different European countries (Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovakia and Bulgaria) and aimed at creating a common curriculum with optional subjects in the fields of mechatronics and metallurgy. The main goal is to encourage the mobility of students and workers in Europe. Currently, there is no single European certification for the recognition of metallurgy and mechatronics skills.
MeMeVET, which is one of the European SSA (Sector Skills Alliances) projects, also aims to create strong relationships between education and business sector, thus to match labour market demand with relevant training supply. In this regard, the MeMeVET consortium has conducted a survey with 250 European mechatronics and metallurgy companies to identify the necessary skills that should be offered by a training programme to meet the needs of the industrial sector.
The survey report can be downloaded from the project website.
Another important achievement is the creation of an e-card, in line with the development of digital evolution and Industry 4.0, where users can upload their acquired mechatronic and metallurgy skills.
Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovakia and Bulgaria are involved in this project. How would you explain the composition of this European “team”?
Starting from the example of the “Professional Construction Card (TPC)”, successfully introduced in the Spanish construction industry, the MeMeVET consortium would like to create an e-card for a common VET training programme in the five European member countries. This e-card will record all formal and informal skills. It is designed to promote transnational mobility in mechatronics and metallurgy and to enable young people to enter the EU labour market more quickly.
MeMeVET is co-financed by the European Erasmus Plus programme. What do these two projects have in common? What synergies can be achieved between them?
MeMeVET is a project developed within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme KA 2 – SSA (Sector Skills Alliances). The main purpose of this programme is to create strategic connections of domain-specific skills to align skills needs in labour market and the supply of training programme. For this reason, MeMeVET seeks to address skills shortages in the metallurgy and metallurgical sector by creating a joint training programme for the five countries involved. As already mentioned, the standardisation of curricula is designed to promote free mobility and contribute to the integration of young people into the labour market. Both the Erasmus+ programme and the Europe 2020 strategy pursue these objectives.
Is the Project already underway? If so, what are its results so far?
Yes, the project is being implemented since January 2018. After identifying the market needs of the mechatronics and metallurgy industries, the MeMeVET consortium analysed metallurgy and mechatronics curricula in the five countries involved. This analysis showed a lack of a uniform system in terms of duration and content of training programmes.
Based on the analysis of the status quo of the curricula, as well as on the assessment of specific skills required by metallurgy and mechatronics companies, the MeMeVET consortium developed common training modules and teaching materials to be used.
Eight VET modules were created, divided into 36 teaching units:
- Technical English
- Safety at work
- Informatics and Telecommunication
- Mechanics and manufacturing
- Automation and robotics
- Soft skills
- Production Planning, Control and Supply Chain Management.
These ‘lessons’ do not only provide technical knowledge, but also cross-cutting and versatile skills for the needs of different labour markets. At present, the MeMeVET consortium is testing these modules on a sample of students and teachers from schools and universities and on companies operating in the mechatronics and metallurgy sectors. The next step will be the creation of an electronic card and a Europe-wide recognition of skills.
What are the requirements for the application? What are the ways to take part in MeMeVET?
For the sustainability of this project, the MeMeVET network must be extended to other European partners and the others European countries. The participation of the MeMeVET project in the Hannover Messe during the ITKAM COLLOQIUM event is therefore important not only for dissemination purposes, but also because it is of paramount importance to reach agreements with universities, schools, training institutions and companies in the mechatronics and metallurgy sectors that will recognise the importance of a transnational MeMeVET curriculum.
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