Today, global community faces enormous challenges: How to deal with climate change, food security, food production for a growing population and the end of the oil reserves? For prosperity and well being for 9 billion people in 2050, another way of production of food, feed, materials and energy is needed. A circular society can offer solutions. It will create regional economic growth and employment. It gives new chances for farmers, to develop their farms bio-based and in a circular way.
In several places in Europe, the development of circular economy learning materials has started, typically in a fragmented and bottom-up way by innovators and early adopters as commonly witnessed in emerging fields. The development of materials is very time consuming for individual teachers and materials are not always shared or easy to be found by other teachers. On different and fragmented places, the “wheel has been reinvented”.
Aims and Objectives
BioComp aims to describe and prioritize specific skills/competences in the Biobased economy (BBE), additional to the existing ESCO skills description and to develop an on-line tool based on Learning Scenarios to create personalized training programs for workers in the circular economy. ESCO: See this link.
This project is primarily aimed at Vocational Education and Training (VET), with a focus on further training of workers in the Biobased (circular) economy. After this project, workers can create their own individual training scheme, for their unique situation. This will lead to optimizing their training pathway and to better economic results of the companies.
- to have a view on the present and future needs of VET trainers and SMEs for BBE-materials;
- to facilitate VET schools and training centres and local businesses to intensify their cooperation in the field of BBE (training);
- to have an inventory of existing data bases for BBE learning materials in Europe, including information how these databases are built up;
- to have the 40 most relevant competences regarding BBE at hand, according ESCO systematics;
- to use different learning scenarios to set up individualised training programs to improve learners’ competences and skills regarding BBE;
- to explain and to promote the possibilities of BioComp to VET teachers and trainers, to stimulate them to use the communication platform and to look for international cooperation in further circular economy activities;
- to develop a sustainable business plan for the exploitation and dissemination of BioComp, also after the project.
Practical level needs
There is no central set of BBE competences and skills development available. BioComp will therefore analyse the ESCO set of competences and capturing and describing the 40 mostly required competences for a Biobased-Economy training program (IO1) and develop a BBE Competence Navigator tool for it (IO1). Based on this set, a dedicated and tailored learning programme will be developed using Learning Scenarios (see IO2).
Policy related needs
The BioComp project intentions are furthermore in line with the provisions of several EU Regional Operational Programs and Development Programs, among others the latest as announced by President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans in their letter of intent accompanying President Juncker’s 2018 State of the Union Address. See this link.
Concretely, BioComp will deliver the following three outputs:
- IO1 BBE Competence Navigator
- IO2 Learning scenarios
- IO3 Handbook Best Practices
Apart of these IO’s, a number of additional activities and meetings have been planned.
December 5, 2019
TPM 1 Kick-off Prague
December 5, 2019
TPM 1 Kick-off Prague
Start IO1 BBE Competence Navigator
TPM 2 Dresden (canceled)
Start IO2 Learning Scenarios
April /May 2020
Start IO3 Handbook Good Pratices
TPM 4 Closing event Brussel