Kick-off Meeting of the project GreenSkills4VET at University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück (with partners from Marseille, Thessaloniki, Patras, Linz, Sofia and Kassel).


For the Kick-off of the project GreenSkills4VET (Erasmus+), founded by the European Union, University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck (Lead Partner, head of the project is Prof. Dr. Christel Kumbruck) had guests from France, Greece, Austria, Bulgaria and Kassel from 6th to 8th October 2016.

In addition to coordination, administration, planning, overview of the work phases and transnational project meeting (what we may expect in the next 28 months) it was a matter of planning details of the first work packages. Following fundamental exchange amongst participants due to diverse approaches to defining ESD, a common understanding was determined as a basis for the work. (For details see also the paper entitled “A new paradigm for Learning and Teaching – The GreenSkills4VET concept of Sustainable Development and ESD” in section Publications of this website).

Firstly Occupational Profiles /Training Modalities and Structures in a European Comparison. Fixing of Occupational Fields “Health Care” and “Freight Forwarding and Logistics Clerk”. The Vocational / Occupational Education System in our partner countries in the two research fields (not alike in all countries).

Subsequently DeskResearch in particular was planned: “How to work on Intellectual Output 1?” presented by Gabriele Winkler, BFI-OÖ. Within the scope of the project, the intention was to conduct a comparative analysis of lesson materials and training plans in occupational training across the different countries in both occupational fields in order to find out to what extent the topic of sustainable development features there, where a start could be made with the relevant lesson units and where they could be supplemented, and also how the topic is structured from a didactical-methodical point of view. The objective here is to develop open source training materials within the further course of the project (Open Educational Resources; OER) in order to promote awareness, knowledge and action strategies for a sustainable development based on training in the occupational fields of freight forwarding and logistics as well as health care as examples.

Also part of the programme was a visit to Hellmann Worldwide Logistics ((HWL), a globally operating German transport and logistics company headquartered in Osnabrück (Lower Saxony), which employs 150 trainees in Germany per annum. Here the guests were able to gain a very good insight into the company’s concept of sustainability as well as an impression of the practical implementation of increasing digitalisation in commercial operations.


Glad about the Guided-Tour through “Speicher III” (from left to right): Alexander Piwowar (Hochschule Osnabrück), Svetla Toneva (WETCO, Sofia, Bulgaria), Alexandra Tavlaridou and Matthias Hoffmann (both German-Hellenic Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Thessaloniki, Greece), Project manager Prof. Dr. Christel Kumbruck (Hochschule Osnabrück), Prof. Dr. Leonidas Gomatos (ASPETE, Patras, Griechenland), Félicie Drouilleau (Céreq, Marseille, France), Gabriele Winkler (BFI-OOE, Linz, Austria), Matthias Matthews (HWL) and Henrik Peitsch (Uni Oldenburg)

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