EUROPEAN SKILLS HUB FOR AEROSPACE


Background

When new ideas are transformed into innovative products, a highly qualifi ed workforce is needed to produce and maintain these intelligent products. In the aviation sector in particular, basic and vocational training must, too, respond to these challenges. In addition, there are European safety requirements defi ned by EASA that must be met by all actors. Thus, in light of the existing variety of vocational education systems in Europe, addressing these challenges is particularly difficult.

In contrast to the realm of academic higher education, there has hitherto been nothing similar to the “Bologna Process” that has led to comparable systems in basic and higher vocational training in European countries. Although the qualifi cations and competencies of skilled employees are oriented towards the quality of certifi ed products in all countries, they cannot truly
be compared. Given that the competencies in various phases of professional training are fundamentally
diff erent, an exchange of personnel between the participating countries is extremely difficult.

In light of the impending shortage of skilled labour and demographic change, the course for a flexible and skilled workforce must be set today. Thus, the European Skills Hub for Aerospace aims to establish a network of Skills Experts in Europe needed to initiate international collaboration and new projects in the area of vocational education and training.

Objectives

  1. To learn about the organisational structure of cluster management and the VET systems in the participating regions
  2. To identify regional experts for qualifi cation (qualifi cation programmes) and to implement the topic of qualifi cation within cluster management
  3. To understand qualifi cation certifi cates and competencies in MRO and manufacturing
  4. To discuss and defi ne requirements for creating an infrastructure for international vocational training

The EACP Skills Hub meets in six workshops within two years (October 2013 - September 2015; cf p. 17).

Training content and qualifi cation certifi cates within the fi elds of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) (with reference to the example of AMT) and manufacturing (with reference to the example of CNC operators) will be compared and competencies made more transparent. Criteria will be jointly developed to allow for the creation of unifi ed standards, to make training and in-service training systems more comparable, to create a cross-border starting point to match training content and industry needs as well as to establish international education modules. Solution concepts to address demographic problems will also be presented. Finally, the project aims to promote the mobility of specialised personnel by continuously developing the network.

By sharing good practice examples and learning about the structure in the participating countries, project partners are able to assess themselves and gain new ideas on how to improve their regional performance.

 - cc-by Gregor Schläger Lufthansa TechnikFoto: © Gregor Schläger / Lufthansa Technik

October 2013: Bilbao

Learning about qualification in cluster management and VET systems in Europe

 - cc-by Faszination Technik Klub Foto: © Faszination Technik Klub

January 2014: Belgium

Understanding qualification certificates and competencies in MRO and manufacturing Training curricula of aircraft maintenance technicians (AMT) & CNC operators

June  2014: Izmir/Istanbul - cc-by Gregor Schläger Lufthansa TechnikFoto: © Gregor Schläger / Lufthansa Technik

June 2014: Izmir/Istanbul

Comparing training contents with industry needs. Definition of training content/ needs of the industry

 October 2014: Bordeaux - cc-by EACP Foto: © EACP

October 2014: Bordeaux

Training the trainer and concepts for an international VET system Development of a didactic concept and international education modules

February 2015: Perugia

February 2015: Perugia

Training the trainer and concepts for an international VET system Development of a didactic concept

May 2015: Hamburg

Evaluating the pilot project and presenting concepts issuing the demographic problem Handout for dissemination of results Learning unit and implementation of results 4 & 5 Pilot project: 3 partners receive 2 trainers each from Germany for 2 weeks

11 partners from nine countries are involved in the project.

Hamburg Aviation (DE) is responsible for coordination.

Partners are: ACA (TR), Aerospace Valley (FR), Distretto Aerospaziale Campania (IT), Flemish Aerospace Group (BE), Hegan (ES), Hélice (ES), Pemas (PRT), Niedersachsen Aviation (DE), North West Aerospace Alliance (UK), and Umbria Aerospace Companies (IT).

The European Skills Hub for Aerospace is supported by Leonardo da Vinci partnerships

Contact

Ministry of Economy, Transport and Innovation
Ingrid Schilling-Kaletsch
Alter Steinweg 4
20459 Hamburg
Germany

+49 40 2270 19 53

ingrid.schilling-kaletschbwvi.hamburg.de
www.hamburg-aviation.com

EUROPEAN AEROSPACE CLUSTER PARTNERSHIP
c/o HAMBURG AVIATION e.V.
Wexstraße 7, 20355 Hamburg, Germany
infoeacp-aero.eu

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