The CoVEs will focus the knowledge, resources and infrastructures of the key stakeholders into the development of innovation and skills ecosystems, contributing to regional development, and promoting environmental, social and economic development in Europe, through green and sustainable innovation processes enabled by VET Excellence.
In an early stage, the project includes four regions, in different parts of Europe, with different development and challenges:
Center for Vocational Education and Training for Green Innovation (CoVE) in Skopje
By the end of 2021, the Center for Vocational Education and Training for Green Innovation (CoVE) will become implemented in Skopje, Northern Macedonia. In addition to this, three other CoVEs will become opened in Styria - Austria, Vaasa - Finland and Leiria - Portugal.
Strategic Research in progress
With joint efforts and united minds, our team is working hard on strategic research. An online survey was conducted in all four regions to get to know the status quo and identify the skills gap. The respondents were wisely selected from the lists of stakeholders.
Regional workshop in Vaasa
The regional workshop in Vaasa, Finland was held on 13th January 2021 with more than three dozen participants. Within the workshop, four breakout rooms were created in which lively discussions took place. In Finland, VET education providers at EQF level 4-5 is considered in the national framework and curricula stated by the Finnish National Agency of Education for some time now.
Regional workshop in Leiria
The regional workshop in Leiria, Portugal, was held on 19th January 2021 with 56 participants.
The participants included several companies, VET providers, local officials and other institutions.
Regional workshop in Styria
The regional workshop in Graz, Austria, was held on 25th January 2021, with 37 participants. It was divided into 2 Workshops:
Workshop 1, where the skills gap was discussed, Workshop 2, where the potential role of/benefits for the stakeholders in the project and the CoVE were discussed.
Regional workshop Skopje
The regional workshop in Skopje, North Macedonia, was held on 26th January with 35 participants. During the workshop, four breakout rooms were created in which representatives from all target groups were involved.
The interactive workshop resulted in a quality discussion sharing of opinions and directions for future collaboration.
To establish four fully functional and interconnected CoVEs (Centres of Vocational Excellence) in Green Innovation, embedded in the local innovation and skills ecosystems.
To enable Greentech projects, conducted by education providers of secondary and tertiary students, jointly and in interconnected VET scenarios.
To interconnect the industry with VET providers on EQF levels 4‐8.
To establish and strengthen innovative teaching methods and educational trends in VET through the CoVEs.
To bring closer the green innovation opportunities to a broader public in Europe.
To foster the employability and entrepreneurial readiness of VET students, preparing and connecting them to the labour market.
To adapt technical, pedagogical and didactical skills of VET teachers to the upcoming environmental, social and economic challenges.
North Macedonia (Skopje)