Lithuania | LINPRA
Industry 4.0 CHAlleNGE: Empowering Metalworkers For Smart Factories Of The Future (4CHANGE)
The metalworking sector is facing a number of challenges due to the increased pace of innovation, generation change, inreased environmental concerns, and efforts to balance maintenance with throughput. The project partners have analysed existing research evidence on the metalworkers profession-specific skills needs and identified specific industrial requirements:
- Advanced technology and digital skills due to increased need for engineers instead of manual workers;
- Robotics and CNC operation skills due to technology-driven innovation;
- Social and entrepreneurial skills due to need for highly motivated workforce to stay competitive;
- 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.
- Manufacturers report that trainers need improvement in technological skills for teaching metalworkers effectively.
- Metalworkers lack motivation to effectively fulfil daily tasks.
Aims and objectives
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.
The project innovations
- Interactive training material and CNC Simulation software will be developed. Such digital training programme will be the first state-of-the-art interactive programme in the Baltic countries. These outcomes will also mark the next development stage in the German VET curriculum.
- Training of trainers with integrated coaching methodology. As a general rule in majority of organisations coaching is offered to the more senior levels, to high potentials, middle management. Meanwhile the project will offer coaching to metalworkers. Professional coaching maximizes potential and, therefore, unlocks latent sources of productivity.
The project outputs will be developed in close cooperation between private sector and VET providers thus enabling to create the content of VET programme that is responsive to changing skills needs in companies and the society. The content of the training programme will be identified during the Comparative Analysis on Qualification Standards and Creation of a Model Qualification Standard. Periods of work-based learning, development of entrepreneurial mind-sets, enhancement of basic and advanced technology skills, coaching for motivation and innovation will be integrated into the new vocational training content.
Consortium as a whole
The Consortium involves 12 partners from four programme countries – Lithuania, Germany, Latvia and Estonia:
- 3 national sectoral organisations representing manufacturing industry;
- 1 regional and 3 national VET providers;
- 1 network of national VET providers;
- 2 national bodies with regulatory functions in VET;
- 2 private enterprises: one with an own training department and providing apprenticeship, another – developer of CNC software.
To find out more, visit the Change4Industry website.
Public Acknowledgement by European Commission
LINPRA received the recognition for its contribution to the development of vocational competences – including digital ones – for at least 100 trainees and at least 50 VET trainers in the metalworking sector, with the development of a new set of occupational standards, a new VET programme and educational material that matches the skills requirements of the manufacturing industry. In addition, we commit to actively work in the field of vocational guidance and reach at least 6,000 young people and vocational teachers with a mobile STEAM laboratory (InfoMobil), aimed at increasing the attractiveness of the engineering professions and the awareness of the need for digital skills in the manufacturing industry. In order to strengthen vocational training for engineering professionals we aim to establish a sector ‘Professional competence center’, gathering the vocational training centers that provide training programmes relevant to the sector.