The project implementation is progressing well according to the planned workplan.
The first key step of the project, the preparation of the deliverable D2.1 Desk research and market needs, for a Woodworker competent in Sustainability and Circular Economy, was properly concluded. This document includes key information for the development of the following project documents and activities, as they contain information about the challenges and the state of the art of Circular Economy across Europe in general, and specifically in the five countries involved. It presents as well the skills, competences and knowledge required by the wood and furniture industry affected by the green transition in general and specifically for two key occupational profile of the sector: Cabinet-maker and related workers, and Furniture assembler. These SKCs were validated through a survey that collected 122 answers from across the EU and different workshops involving several experts from the sector.
Based on these outcomes, partners developed the D2.4 New curriculum profile of the Circular and Sustainable Woodworker. Which includes a short job description and the principles and key concepts behind this profile, the key competences and the learning outcomes. It is divided in the 4 units, which deepen the following themes: Overview of the Circular Economy; Sustainable materials; Circular Design; and Resources, manufacturing and waste.
At the moment partners are working simultaneously on the preparation of the training materials related to the developed new curriculum and on the e-learning platform that will host these training materials and will make them openly and largely available for the sector professionals, unemployed and students interested in these topics.
Moreover, all these processes implementation was monitored thanks to different Quality Assurance activities and results were largely disseminated by all partners among the project target groups within the involved countries and across the EU in general, raising interest about the project current results.
Future activities will focus on the testing of the learning materials produced through a specific pilot course, but also on a physical mobility, a type of activity very much appreciated by learners and trainers for the opportunities of information interchanges and professional development they offer.