The objective of SECOVE is the establishment of its Network of cooperation. The first step in doing so is the organization of National Workshops.
The goal of such Workshops is to identify the very basis of cooperation for partners of national CoVEs in relation to topics such as VET Excellency and sustainable energy.
The first of such events, in the context of WP2, took place on the 14th of November 2022, Athens, Greece. It was hosted at the premises of the University of West Attica, project coordinator of SECOVE as well as the leader of WP2 – Set Up, Governance and Funding of SECOVE Platform.
The event was attended by all the Greek partners of SECOVE, namely:
The goal of the workshop was to establish a structured dialogue regarding vocational excellency and sustainable energy, foreseeing the set-up of the Greek SECOVE platform. This activity fell in line with some of the project’s activities, and proceeds the transnational workshop taking place in Athens on the 29th of November, 2022, involving and discussing results from the other National Workshops (Spain, Slovakia, Italy and Portugal).
The main topics that came to be discussed in this workshop were:
Regarding Excellence, many are the elements and features that appeared during the brainstorming session. It is a widely encompassing concept, strengthening many core areas of activity for VET providers, as well as other stakeholders (policymakers, companies and industry).
Excellence has to pass necessarily through the modernization of curricula, in line with expectations and aspirations of growth and development set by the industry. The new wave of training material has to employ cross-cutting as well as groundbreaking technological solutions not only in terms of sustainable energy but also in the provision of training itself: MOOC, VOOC, and AR/VR are only some of these examples.
Then it was the turn of work-based experiences, such as internships and apprenticeships, that also come to the spotlight in terms of relevance and duration (at least 12 months, according to the discussion). Finally, other important components were mentioned and opened the way for further discussion:
The second part of the workshop went through the challenges that stakeholders face in achieving the abovementioned goals. Here, the discussion revolved around a shared sense of cooperation and lack thereof at different levels and between different stakeholders:
It was also mentioned the importance of an overall lack of incentives, not only in financial terms but also to make VET more appealing to the wide population.
Finally, the responses of the participants to most of the challenges and opportunities highlighted in the Greek National Workshop were: