"Competences for Innovation and Employability in Automotive Industry VET Training"

Project Start Year: 2018
Partner Countries: Poland and UK
Action Type: KA 1 - VET learner and staff mobility

Project Activities:

The project included mainly an educational mobility in Liverpool, implemented simultaneously for 17 staff members - teachers and VET trainers of the ZSS in the formula of a group training. The duration of the mobility carried out under the project covered two working weeks (2 x 5 days) - from 29 January to 9 February 2018, plus two days of travel: 27 January and 10 February. Mobility participants were also involved in the preparation and evaluation of the mobility, as well as the dissemination of project results - which in total took almost a year.

Due to the culturally different nature of the two organizations involved, the project was considered highly interesting by the participants as well as by local stakeholders. It very clearly supported the development of the common educational area in Europe. The fact of combining two different organisations in terms of their legal status, ie. a public vocational school from Poland and a British training company in the field of vocational education, was innovative and offered the staff of both organizations the broadening of professional horizons in a previously unavailable way.

Given that the automotive sector is a rapidly growing industry and requires constant updating of skills and competences, project partners recognized the need to develop the creative approach to vocational training in this area. The development and implementation of innovative vocational training programs that will respond to the changing needs of the automotive industry is the priority for the ZSS.

The Liverpool region is characterized by a well-developed automotive industry with its Halewood factory, where Jaguar X-Type and Land Rover Freelander and Range Rover Evoque were assembled, Good practices for close cooperation between the automotive industry in Liverpool and vocational education institutions and public authorities were be presented during the project as a tool for monitoring and forecasting skills needs and improving the dialogue between education and the labor market.

The project successfully worked towards improving VET staff`s competencies in designing and implementing innovative VET curricula for automotive skills, working on VET training problems such as anticipation of future skills needs;  improvement of the links between the world of education and the world of work;  methods of increasing the attractiveness of VET of automotive industry jobs; vocational education responds to changing skills demands in the automotive industry; establishing quality systems of work-based learning; taking into account the growing importance of transversal skills in VET training such as taking initiative, solving problems, team work, taking initiative and thinking critically.

The mobility included various learning activities, such as monitoring visits, attending presentations in universities and VET colleges; as well as visits to car manufacturers in Liverpool and discussing with their human resource departments the methods of gathering young professionals on one hand and the latests needs of skills in the automotive industry.   Via those activities in Liverpool, the project presented good British practices in collaboration on matching and anticipating skills and jobs, and on organizing the exchange of information and best practices. 

The program of the project activity was designed as an interactive and participatory learning experience that will include a wide range of monitoring visits to British VET Schools, Centers for Entrepreneurship as well as Career Guidance Services. The close cooperation of the MBM Training & Development Center with specialized colleges and universities in Liverpool provided a great opportunity for exchange of good practices in relevant partner institution. As the region of Liverpool has a serious automotive industry: car-manufacturing  takes place in the city at the Halewood plant where the Jaguar X-Type and Land Rover Freelander and Range Rover Evoque models are assembled. Good practices of close cooperation between the automotive industry in Liverpool, VET training providers and public authorities will be promoted as a tool to contribute to enhanced “skills intelligence”: the monitoring and forecasting of skills needs, understanding skills mismatches and improving dialogue between education and the labor market.

The exchange of good practices between Polish and UK experts; as well the exchange of information on VET curricula and cooperative design of innovative VET training and career consulting methods fostered the development of knowledge and skills of the Polish VET staff and this way - contributed to fulfilling the aims of the project. 

The long-term project benefits lie within the European development of both project partners` efforts towards inclusive and innovative VET training and Career Guidance Services and giving them an opportunity to comparatively analyze the UK and Polish experience and seek for collaboration mechanisms for future projects between Polish and UK VET institutions. 


For more information. please visit the project web page at:

  • https://zss-lodz.pl/pl/z-zycia-szkoly/projekty/unijne/339-projekt-kompetencje-na-rzecz-innowacyjnosci-i-zatrudnienia-w-szkolnictwie-zawodowym-w-sektorze-motoryzacyjnym


Competences for Innovation and Employability in Automotive Industry VET Training

The automotive industry is one of the main driving forces for the European economy. A strong and thriving automotive sector is of strategic importance for the future of Europe’s industry and therefore supporting the smooth transition between secondary VET training and job markets in the automotive industry should be a cornerstone in any strategy supporting the re-industrialization of Europe. The importance of education, skills and training can hardly be underestimated: knowledge has become the dominant production factor and innovation, competence development is now more important than ever for all industrial sectors, whether it be at national or European level. European researchers point out that the quality of VET is of key importance to strengthen the competitiveness of the automotive sector and to increase its added value, while at the same time maintaining and creating high-quality jobs. 


The project aimed at delivering a training mobility for VET staff (teachers and administrators), seeking to maximize the labor market inclusion of VET learners by adapting innovative VET curricula and providing career services for jobs in the automotive industry. 


The learning aim of the project was to raise the competence of the vocational education staff from the Automotive School in Lodz in the field of innovation and employment support in the automotive industry throughout their participation in an educational mobility in Liverpool in January and February 2018. Delivering the right skills to automotive industry and investing in the employability of its workers were at the heart of our educational efforts. 

Objectives
The training mobility worked on improving VET staff`s competencies in designing and implementing innovative VET curricula for automotive skills, working on the following problems:
-  how do we anticipate future skills needs;  
- how can we improve the links between the world of education and the world of work; 
- how can we increase the attractiveness of VET of automotive industry jobs; 
- how can we quickly respond to changing skills demands;
- how  do we achieve excellence in the vocational education and training;
- how can we establish quality systems of work-based learning;
- how to take into account the growing importance of transversal skills in VET training such as taking initiative, solving problems, team work, taking initiative and thinking critically.

The main goals of the project were achieved by developing a market-oriented attitude and innovative teaching methods at school. Various methods of work with mobility participants were used: study visits in order to get to know best British practices, meetings with experts, workshops, presentations, discussions. The project responded to the need to develop creative and innovative practices in vocational education in order to better meet the requirements of the labor market in Poland. Via the project activities in Liverpool the project presented good practices in collaboration on matching and anticipating skills and jobs, and on organizing the exchange of information and best practices. 


The training VET mobility of 17 VET Polish staff in Liverpool focused on developing competencies in the area of: innovative education and vocational training programs and more effective provision of career counseling by the VET staff. The project has resulted in new career opportunities for the VET staff involved, and due to that - in a long run, also in increased opportunities of ZSS students learning in the labor market.

The training mobility addressed the VET needs outlined in the Guidelines of the European Automotive Skills Challenge, based on the CARS2020 (January 2015) report, which sets the basis for a predictable framework for the European automotive industry. The VET staff mobility (for teachers and administrators) focused on maximizing the labor market inclusion of VET learners by adapting innovative VET curricula and providing career services for jobs in the automotive industry. 


The activity invested in creating good professional development opportunities for the staff seeking to foster the professional skills development and the chances for employability of their VET learners.


Partners:

  • ​MBM T&D Centre , UK, Web: www.mbmtraining.uk
  • Zespół Szkół Samochodowych w Łodzi, Poland, Web: www.zsp7-lodz.pl