Development of a Methodological Training for Company Instructors Providing Work-Based Trainings in the Plastics and Related Industrial Sectors Erasmus Project

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Development of a Methodological Training for Company Instructors Providing Work-Based Trainings in the Plastics and Related Industrial Sectors Erasmus Project
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Project Title

Development of a Methodological Training for Company Instructors Providing Work-Based Trainings in the Plastics and Related Industrial Sectors

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2017

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: Enterprise, industry and SMEs (incl. entrepreneurship); New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses

Project Summary

DEMETRA (Development of a Methodological Training for Company Instructors Providing Work-Based Trainings in the Plastics and Related Industrial Sectors) reflects on the emerging needs of companies in the plastics and related industries for employing young generations graduated at VET schools that are technically prepared and also motivated in working in the sector. Work-based trainings carried out by corporate mentors using a methodology suitable for generation Z could ensure better match between training and labour market needs and ease transitions to employment and hence also decrease youth unemployment in the field.

To meet this end, the project partners carried out a work-based training for corporate mentors in the plastics and related industry to support them – on the one hand – to technically be able to adapt to the rapidly changing challenges in this industrial sector, and on the other, to motivate Generation Z’s commitment in the given profession and to make work-based training more popular by means of game-based learning tools.

Therefore, our project’s main target groups were corporate mentors providing work-based trainings, younger generations graduated in vocational schools, entering the field of work – mainly in plastics and related industrial sectors, and VET providers and companies already providing work-based trainings or willing to introduce these.

It was inevitable to involve VET providers’ leaders, trainers and teachers, trainees and students, companies and decision makers of the industry from more than one country to achieve a measurable improvement of the above mentioned situation at an EU level. The six members of the consortium have been selected in a way that all roles were represented in the consortium, supported by their professional networks:

P1- TREBAG Ltd. (coordinator, Hungary) has significant practice in EU project coordination, development of training materials, and providing trainings and business consultancy activities;
P2 – PEMÜ Plc. is a front-rank company in Hungarian plastic processing industry, carrying out work-based trainings for students as a daily routine;
P3 – Hungarian Plastics Association is the co-partner of PlasticsEurope and also takes part in the work of Council of International Plastics Association Directors, assures the involvement of decision makers of the industry in the project activities;
P4 – Babes-Bolyai University is the largest university in Romania with extended network of educational institutions and great experiences in carrying out surveys, elaborating competence profiles;
P5 – IDEC (Greece) has an accredited lifelong learning centre and organises in-service training courses for teachers and trainers as well for students in vocational training and people in labour market, also an expert on ECVET and EQF and quality management. They also involve several associated partners that can utilise the results;
P6 – Energom Ltd. (Romania) apply WBL, and this project supported this intention from the very beginning.
P7 – A-OMEGA Ltd. represents the Slovak Plastic Cluster (as a main founder of it) having direct connections to large companies of plastics processing which carry out work-based training.

Main results of DEMETRA:

1) Competence catalogue for corporate mentors/instructors based on a generation Z desk research and focus group interviews with students experiencing WBL methodology, with corporate mentors/instructors and with company leaders/executives of industry or education.
2) Training material consisting of a Guidebook, a Methodology with DEMETRA model, and a Case study collection which contains the best WBL practices in the plastics industry.
3) Training of corporate mentors/instructors was carried out in Hungary, Romania and Slovakia focusing on how to create and adapt gamification methodology as well as situational games methodology in WBL practices.
4) Pilot training, at which corporate mentors applied the new methods acquired in WBL in Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, supported by supervision process in Hungary.

Moreover, two Joint staff events were organized – the first focused on the application of ECVET criteria in harmony with WBL and the second on gamification methodology and Z generation – where the obtained experience was organically integrated in the knowledge of DEMETRA modell of the staff of the partnership, moreover, the empirical results appeared in the second and third Intellectual Outputs as well.
Additionally, six multiplier events and six transnational project meetings were organised for the demonstration of the project and its results. The partners also participated in several workshops, conferences and meetings. To ensure smooth project implementation, and the quality of the Intellectual Outputs, the project followed the PDCA method (Plan-do-check-act). Each result is available at the projects’ web page. The project needed to be extended by 4 months due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 273340,6 Eur

Project Coordinator

TREBAG SZELLEMI TULAJDON- ES PROJEKTMENEDZSER KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG & Country: HU

Project Partners

  • A-OMEGA, s.r.o.
  • AINTEK SYMVOULOI EPICHEIRISEON EFARMOGES YPSILIS TECHNOLOGIAS EKPAIDEFSI ANONYMI ETAIREIA
  • UNIVERSITATEA BABES BOLYAI
  • PEMU MUANYAGIPARI ZARTKORUEN MUKODORESZVENYTARSASAG
  • Magyar Muanyagipari Szovetseg
  • SC ENERGOM SRL