European, Russian and US Human Resource and Vocational Education and Training experts discuss possible solutions for the skill shortage in the Automotive Sector at 1st VETAS Network Conference in Brussels

  
Brussels
/Stuttgart, May 2011. The VETAS network conference that took place on May 09/10 in Brussels brought together human resource and vocational education and training practitioners and experts from the automotive sector. Among others guests from the United States, Russia and 11 European countries participated in this first VETAS network conference. They exchanged and discussed topics such as stakeholder cooperation to overcome the skill shortage in the branch, dealing with an aging workforce, training employees to keep up with technological innovation and comparability of qualifications across borders.

The speakers and participants represented automotive manufacturers and supplier industry, vocational schools and other training providers, social partners, public authorities as well as research institutions. Leading experts and industry representatives played a part in the workshop, amongst others:

  • Mr. Georgy Afanasyev, Expert club of Industry and Energy, Russia
  • Mr. Vicente de las Heras Banon, Robert Bosch Espana, S.A., Spain
  • Mr. Peter Kuen, Mobility Cluster of the Vienna Business Agency, Austria
  • Prof. Hugh Lauder, University of Bath, UK
  • Mrs. Annette Parker, AMTEC, US
  • Dr. Markus Tomaschitz, Magna International Europe AG, Austria
  • Mr. Norbert Willeke, VW Service Deutschland, Germany

Two innovative/leading vocational education and training approaches from Europe have been awarded by the VETAS network for their demonstrated excellence, impact and innovation in addressing the challenges of the automotive sector. The VETAS innovation award has been given to

  • the FORTECO project coordinated by Robert Bosch Espana, S.A. in Spain for being an excellent example of successful industry cooperation to support high quality vocational education and training in Spain by offering continuous training to vocational school teachers in order to keep up with technical innovation and guarantee the technological updating of students. The award was accepted by Mr. Vicente de las Heras Banon, FORTECO coordinator from Robert Bosch Espana, S.A. on behalf of the whole FORTECO partnership.
  • the Automotive Academy Styria (AAS) in Austria, set-up and implemented by the Automobile Cluster Styria, for their wide scope of offers for different target groups and qualification levels that are strongly related to labour market needs and show a clear European dimension by applying the approach of the European Qualifications Framework and therefore support comparability of qualifications across borders in Europe. The award was accepted by Mrs. Sandra Kober, project manager and representative of the AAS at the conference.

Further information on both initiatives is available at the VETAS portals innovative vocational education and training approaches database at www.vetas.eu.

The “VETAS” network conference has been initiated and implemented by a consortium composed of ten partners representing different parts of the education sector and automotive manufacturers from six European countries. It is promoted and coordinated by DEKRA Akademie GmbH (Germany) in the framework of the European project VETAS. The project has been funded with support from the European Commissions Lifelong Learning Programme. For further information please visit www.project-vetas.eu or www.vetas.eu or get in touch with the conference coordinator at EU-project.akademie(at)dekra(dot)com.

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VETAS innovation award offered to innvoative VET approaches in automotive sector

January 2011. The Vocational Education and Training in the Automotive Sector (VETAS) network offers the VETAS Innovation Award. The award recognises an innovative and/or leading practice approach (initiative, program or product) developed and implemented for the purpose of providing high quality vocational education and training in the automotive sector in Europe.

The award is open to organisations of all sizes from the public or private sector in Europe. The approach (initiative, programme or product) must demonstrate innovation and excellence in its implementation. Proposed approaches will be judged against the criteria:

  • Criteria 1: Innovation and excellence.
  • Criteria 2: Learner and industry focus.
  • Criteria 3: Impact of the VET initiative.

The approaches submitted will be evaluated by a committee composed of experts from the VETAS project consortium. Nominations are accepted till Mach 30, 2011. The winner of this award will be invited to send two representatives to the VETAS network conference taking place on May 09/10, 2011 in Brussels and to present the approach at the conference. Please visit www.vetas.eu or www.project-vetas.eu or get in touch with editor(at)vetas(dot)eu for further information.

  

1st Vocational Education and Training in the Automotive Sector (VETAS) conference takes place on 09/10 May 2011 in Brussels


January 2011.
The VETAS network conference brings together practitioners and researchers in the field of vocational education and training and human resources management in the automotive sector. They are coming from automotive enterprises and supplier industry, vocational schools and other training providers, social partners, public authorities as well as research institutions in order to exchange on and to discuss the topics

  • globalization and vocational training in the automotive sector,
  • changing qualification needs and
  • networking among stakeholders in Europe.

Successful networking projects in the automotive sector involving training providers and automotive manufacturers as well as supplier industry from the United States and Spain will be introduced. Relevant research results as well as practical examples from VET providers and enterprises from all over Europe will be presented and discussed in workshops on “Keeping up with technological innovation”, “Workforce mobility across borders”, “Ageing workforce/ Lack of qualified workforce” and “Comparability of qualifications in Europe”. During the conference the VETAS innovation award will be presented to the promoter(s) of the most innovative training approaches implemented in Europe and nominated for the award.

Leading experts and industry representatives from automotive manufacturers and supplier industry, training organisations, social partners, governments and universities are invited to contribute as speakers and moderators to the conference. Speakers, guests and participants are expected from all over Europe, the United States and Russia. The conference will take place in the Autoworld Museum in Brussels (Belgium).

The “VETAS” network conference was initiated and is implemented by a consortium composed of ten partners representing different parts of the education sector and automotive manufacturers from six European countries. It is promoted and coordinated by DEKRA Akademie GmbH (Germany) in the framework of the European project VETAS. The project has been funded with support from the European Commissions Lifelong Learning Programme. For further information please visit www.project-vetas.eu or www.vetas.eu or get in touch with the conference coordinator at EU-project.akademie(at)dekra(dot)com.

   

VETAS meets sister network AMTEC in Kentucky (US)


December 2010, Kentucky (US). On December 07/08, 2010 the VETAS coordinator DEKRA met the US american VET automotive network AMTEC (Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative, www.autoworkforce.org) in Lexington, Kentucky. AMTEC aims to develop a collaboration betweern automotive industry and vocational education and training organisations in the United States. This initiative is based on the development of common curricula and standards based on scientific principles.

AMTEC wants to learn from the European experiences with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and therefore aims to establish a collaboration with DEKRA and VETAS. This visit to the US had the intention to prepare for the establishment of a world wide network of VET providers GATEN (Global Automotive Technical Education Network). A retun visit will take place in in spring 2011.

The cooperation is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

For further information:
EU-project.akademie(at)dekra(dot)com

   

Network of stakeholders in Vocational Education and Training in the Automotive Sector (VETAS) established


December 2010.
Today’s automotive sector is characterized by steadily ongoing work process innovations, by the development of global delivery networks, and by increasing competition. This yields a lot of requirements for the employees in terms of flexibility to cover the needs of this ever-changing world of work, or, in other words, the ability to cope with complex work requirements which can only be determined properly on the basis of a collaboration of all players in the field, as enterprises and employees, social partners, providers of training and education, public authorities.

This situation delivers good arguments for setting up a framework of VET stakeholders in the automotive sector. Therefore VETAS is a network of practitioners coming from automotive enterprises and supplier industry, VET schools and other training providers, public authorities, social partners as well as researchers. This collaboration ensures the quality of training in a way that requirements of work processes are to a maximum degree matched by the abilities of employees to carry out their work.

The VETAS network and its infrastructure provide a set of services to support this aim, such as:

  • the VETAS online portal that allows access to up-to-date information on VET related to the automotive sector; a database with innovative VET approaches applied by training providers and enterprises in Europe; tools to support networking among stakeholders; a resources database with relevant materials on VET in the automotive sector and a virtual community (www.vetas.eu),
  • the 1st VETAS network conference taking place on May 09/10, 2011 in Brussels that will host experts and practitioners from Europe, the United States and Russia and
  • the VETAS innovation award that will be presented to the most innovative European VET initiative nominated for the award during the VETAS network conference.

The “VETAS” network was initiated and is promoted by a consortium composed of ten partners representing different parts of the education sector and automotive manufacturers from six European countries. It is promoted and coordinated by DEKRA Akademie GmbH (Germany) in the framework of the European project VETAS. The project has been funded with support from the European Commissions Lifelong Learning Programme. For further information please visit www.project-vetas.eu or www.vetas.eu or get in touch with the conference coordinator at EU-project.akademie(at)dekra(dot)com.

   

VETAS portal on vocational education and training in the automotive sector launched


November 2010
. The “VETAS” portal provides the virtual environment for the VETAS network of vocational education and training stakeholders in the automotive sector. It offers several services to the network members coming from HR departments of enterprises in the automotive and supplier industry, social partners, public and private training providers, governmental institutions, universities and other kind of organisations interested in the networks topics.

The portal provides access to

  • country and automotive sector specific information on European education systems and relevant qualifications in the countries involved,
  • points of view of leading experts and industry representatives regarding most relevant topics of interest for the network members,
  • innovative vocational education and training approaches and best practice examples applied all over Europe and by different stakeholders in the automotive sector,
  • vocational education and training providers interested to network with peers from abroad and
  • European resources such as results of European projects and publications related to VET in the automotive sector.

A virtual community is linked to the portal in order to allow network members and other VET stakeholders to discussion and exchange with colleagues from abroad on relevant topics related to human resources management and vocational education and training related to the automotive sector.

The “VETAS” portal was initiated and developed by a consortium composed of ten partners representing different parts of the education sector and automotive manufacturers from six European countries. It is promoted and coordinated by DEKRA Akademie GmbH (Germany) in the framework of the European project VETAS. The project has been funded with support from the European Commissions Lifelong Learning Programme. For further information please visit www.project-vetas.eu or www.vetas.eu or get in touch with the portal editor at editor(at)vetas(dot)eu.

  

Automotive network Europe-US: Does the education sector move closer together?

Stakeholder meeting

May 2010, Bonn/Vienna. Invited by the federal ministry of education and research (BMBF) DEKRA Akademie GmbH presented its education projects in the automotive sector at a German-American cooperation workshop on May 05, 2010 in Bonn. – Under the headline: “Competitive and sustainable vocational education” did the BMBF invite representatives of the German automotive and green industry to present qualification standards and recent developments. The representatives from the US were invited and delegated by the US Department of Education. The overall workshop aimed to stimulate the exchange of information but also to encourage German-American cooperation in the field of vocational initial and continuous education. – With great pleasure two representatives from the American delegation participated in a DEKRA coordinated EU-project meeting that took place immediately after the workshop in Vienna. This occasion was used to inform the project partners about the progress and achievements of vocational education co-operations within the American automotive sector. This was considered to be an important enrichment for the overall VETAS project, especially because the project aims to establish a similar network of VET stakeholders in the automotive sector in Europe. All partners agreed to intensify this American-European exchange of experiences and to establish a close partnership.

For further information:
eu-projekte.akademie(at)dekra(dot)com