Designing and testing new management skills for the development of waste electrical and electronic equipment recycling and reuse in Europe – the EwasteR project
The EwasteR Consortium is composed of 13 organisations from four different countries – Cyprus, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom – and is supported by the Directive 2012/19/EE on WEEE. The Consortium is funded under the Erasmus+ sector skills alliances and over the next three years will:-
- Identify the current qualification routes and the occupational profiles across Europe that are relevant to the field of E-Waste Recycling and Re-Use Management, exchanging experience, practice and strategies to raise awareness among key stakeholders on the potential of reuse to generate employment opportunities and revenue.
- Develop a new professional qualification using EU criteria (ECVET-EQAVET) that delivers relevant skills, knowledge and competencies for E-waste Recycling and Re-Use Management professionals, which will be piloted through innovative VET experience (classroom; open management school; virtual mobility) and work based learning activities (Labs shadowing);
- Provide a handbook for the final clear recognition and validation process for the assessment of learning outcomes developed during the Pilot experiences to facilitate labour mobility, mutual trust and increased recognition of qualifications at European level within the sector.
- Create a new Project Open Web Area to share information, good practice, research, tools and expertise across the sector during and beyond the lifespan of the Project;
- Provide a package of VET tools and instruments that deliver transferable skills and competencies that facilitate the mobility of VET learners and workers across Europe. Invigorate the E-waste Recycling and Re-Use Management business area in Europe to encourage the conversion from informal to formal business
Meanwhile, if you are interested in funding training and future sector skills opportunities, the European Commission has published in October a call for Erasmus+ Knowledge skill alliances 2017 that closes on 28th February 2017. Knowledge Alliances are transnational, structured and result-driven projects, notably between higher education and business. Knowledge Alliances are open to any discipline, sector and to cross-sectoral cooperation. The partners share common goals and work together towards mutually beneficial results and outcomes. Knowledge Alliances target the cooperation between organisations established in Programme Countries. However, organisations from Partner Countries can be involved in a Knowledge Alliance as partners (not as applicants) if their participation brings an essential added value to the project.