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The Netherlands - United Kingdom - Germany - Sweden

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General

In the concrete construction industry various kinds of jobs are to be found, and on an european level there are even more differences to be identified. This situation is a barrier for free movement of people and knowledge among EU-coutries. Moreover, the contents and quality of training programmes often is not up-to-date, but on the other hand common programmes and training materials occurs.

In the field of concrete technology this situation is very much applicable, because the concrete construction industry has been mainly a national / regional business. However, concrete technology is heading for some important new innovative decades, because it is and will be the most important building material. At the moment lot of new technologies are researched and will be introduced coming years, such as High Strength Concrete, Self Compacting Conrete, New executions methodes and a changing manufactoring process (tendescies as co-makership, intergrated approach).

Especially SME's (however also larger organisdations in the construction industry) often do not have a proper and objective tool nor the knowledge or experts for analysing the training needs of their company to meet the future developments. To take also account the future European market within the construction industry (CE-mark etc.) and the skills this should ask of their employees, is asking too much. However, it is vital importance to SME's to be involved in future developments in conrete technology.

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Scope and objective

Especially SME's (however also larger organisations in the construction industry) often do not have a proper and objective tool nor the knowledge or experts for analysing the training needs of their company to meet the future developments. To take also into account the future European market within the construction industry (CE-market etc,) and the skills this should ask of their employees, is asking too much. However, it is of vital importance to SME's to be involved in future developments in concrete technology.

The objective of the project is to improve this situation by the development of an advanced (Transnational) Training & Technology Scan, Which is a methodology to analyse very specific company-training needs together with an update of the required knowledge by implementation of the latest innovative techniques in concrete technology on a European level.

The TTT-Scan provides the industry, branche-organisations and other intersted companies related to the construction industry with a helpful tool to identify their actual situation with regards to vocational training and supply the required information / knowledge by tailor-made products as training courses. The source of the information / knowledge will be an integrated database on European courses on concrete technology on different levels, composed by the partners of the project who have (mainly national) experience on development and exploitation of concrete courses.
The starting point of the database will be the final results of a job analysis method, developed in the Netherlands and applied in other partner countries. Within this method occupational profiles are elaborated, resulting in qualifications for jobs in concrete technology. The European approach is very interesting in this respect, for it will lead to an intenational insight in different jobs, end their common aspects.

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Goals

The project objectives are realated to five common framework objectives and priority. The objectives are:

  • Bridge the gap between enterprices (industry) and education / universities / research organisations
  • Help enterprices with identification of their training needs related to concrete technology, by an intergrated approach (e.g. including company policy etc.)
  • At the same time update the training programmes on concrete technology with latest developments and techniques,
  • Save expenses for both enterprices as clients of enterprises, because training is offered tailor-made and in a very efficient way
  • Contribute to a better preparation of enterprises for the internal European Market.

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Activities

The project is divided into three phases:

Phase 1:
Establishing the required organisation structure
Implementation of the Job Analysis Method inpartner countries
Inventory study on training programmes on concrete technology in EU-coutries

Phase 2:
Development of a database on concrete technology and concrete courses
Inventory study on latest techniques / developments in conrete technology
Development of the Training and Technology Scan (methodology): application on pilots
Requirements for a Final Advice Structure

Phase 3:
Actual development of material for Pilot SME's (based on Final Advice Structure)
Evaluation
Dissemination of the TTT-Scan methodology

Impact:
Improvement of recognition of skills and knowledge (internationally)
Increasing attention for vocational training (SME's)
First step to a generally accepted and controlled qualification structure in concrete education

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Outcomes

  • Methodes for analysing training needs
  • Short courses
  • description of occupational profiles
  • Inventory study on latest concrete innovations and developments
  • Inventory study on vocational training in concrete technology on a European level
  • Database on conrete technology and concrete vocational training courses
  • Tailor made advice for a number of pilot SME's