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Industry 4.0 CHAlleNGE

In December 1, 2016 cluster member Baltec CNC Technologies, JSC together with its partners launched a project „Industry 4.0 CHAlleNGE: Empowering Metalworkers For Smart Factories Of The Future (4 CHANGE)“ according Erasmus+ programme KA2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices - Sector Skills Alliances.

The Project involves 12 partners from four programme countries – Lithuania, Germany, Latvia and Estonia:

  • Lietuvos inžinerinės pramonės asociacija (LINPRA).
  • Education Network For The Northern German Metal And Electrical Industries (NORDBILDUNG Bildungsverbund für die Metall- und Elektroindustrie gemeinnützige GmbH) (Vokietija).
  • Association of Mechanical Engineering and Metalworking Industries of Latvia (Latvija).
  • Federation of Estonian Engineering Industry (Estija).
  • North Technical Academy, TAN (Vokietija).
  • Zemgale Region Human Resorce and Competences Development Centre (Latvija).
  • Tallinn Lasnamae School of Mechanics (Estija).
  • Kvalifikacijų ir profesinio mokymo plėtros centras (Lietuva).
  • National Centre for Education (Latvija).
  • VšĮ Vilniaus Jeruzalės darbo rinkos mokymo centras (Lietuva).
  • Mathematisch Technische Software Development, JSC (Vokietija).

The project will be implemented from December 1, 2016 till November 30, 2019. The amount allocated to the project - 1 176 258 Eur.

The metalworking sector is facing a number of challenges due to the increased pace of innovation, generation change, increased environmental concerns, and efforts to balance maintenance with throughput. Furthermore, metalwork students upon graduation from VET institutions lack skills to operate CNC machines.

The limited interaction between VET institutions and the private sector, therefore, skills development as well as hands-on training is of paramount importance to industrial growth.

The project will strive for tackling skills gaps of metalworkers, enhancing the responsiveness of VET systems to the manufacturing sector-specific labour market needs and demand for new digital and entrepreneurial skills. With the aim of achieving an appropriate match between skills and labour market needs the Consortium intends to translate these into innovative, learning outcome-oriented vocational curriculum, applying ECVET, which will include periods of work-based learning.