Celebrating collaboration and innovation in VET

I am delighted to share with you an exciting development in our journey to integrate sustainability into vocational education. We have recently submitted a project proposal to the European Union which, if selected for funding, promises to revolutionise the way green skills are taught and learned in the vocational sector.

A collective effort

This project, called Green Readiness for Occupational Workforce (GROW), is a collaborative effort that brings together a consortium of committed partners. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to

  • Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe (Germany) – our lead applicant organisation
  • Stiftung Bildung & Handwerk (Germany)
  • Austrian Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Centre – BBRZ  (Austria)
  • Keski-Pohjanmaan koulutusyhtymä (Finland)
  • FOR.MA. Azienda speciale della provincia di Mantova (Italy)

Each partner brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table, and it is this synergy that fuels our collective ambition.

Project objectives and impact

The GROW project aims to

  • Embed green competences and self-regulated learning in vocational education and training in line with the EU Green Deal.
  • Prepare professionals for environmental challenges and market demands, improving critical thinking and application of knowledge.
  • Develop an implementation model based on the SRL approach.
  • Produce and publish learning materials in English to ensure accessibility and wide dissemination.

We expect the project to deliver significant outcomes, including

  • Improved SRL and green skills training for staff
  • Adaptable SRL approaches for EU competences
  • Open access learning materials promoting sustainability
  • Europass certification for participants

These outcomes will contribute to promoting sustainability, empowering trainers and learners, and demonstrating the adaptability of the SRL approach across different sectors.

In anticipation of EU funding

As we await the decision on our application, I am filled with hope and excitement for the potential impact of the GROW project. It represents not only an advance in educational practice, but also a commitment to a sustainable future.

I am proud of the collaborative spirit that has characterised the development of this project and look forward to the transformative impact it will have on vocational education and training.

Thank you to all the partners and everyone involved in bringing this project to life. Here’s to a greener, more sustainable future through education!