During the last few decades, there have been quite a few changes in the way people live, communicate and function. We are not aware of many of these changes up until we included them in our lifestyle, while others are an intricate part of it without us knowing it. For example, the term Industry 4.0 sounds like something distant into the future that will not be part of everyday life for a good while, doesn’t it? However, Industry 4.0 is already in motion and there are hints of it everywhere around us. Simply put, it refers to the overall automatization of processes and the way computers are interconnected thus creating “smart” systems. Needless to say, there are still a lot to be done in order to fully reach Industry 4.0, nonetheless some of the more technological advanced countries have already a strong presence regarding related initiatives.
As it is the case with anything new and innovative, there must be a solid basis for these changes in order to be better assimilated later, and this is something directly related to the human capital and the knowledge required which needs to be constantly updated. Therefore, the project “RESTART: Digital Training Toolbox to FosteR EU’S IndusTry 4.0 RevoluTion” seeks to put in place education and training systems in accordance with the new needs of the industry sector, in order to requalify and keep up-to-date everyone involved.
In the framework of the project, the Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (iED) was at the kick-off meeting at Bugibba, Malta that took place on November 14th and 15th, in order for the partnership to prepare for the implementation of the project. More specifically, the project partners, which also includes partners from Spain (Tenerife and Basque Country), Italy, Bulgaria, Scotland and Malta, will work together for the development of a training material which will seek the provision of knowledge and skills to managers, entrepreneurs and, in general, employees, of the industrial world that will address the new trends of the ICT and industry sector and will utilize also the ECVET certification.
The next project meeting is scheduled for March 2018 in Bilbao.