The New VET project’s general aim is to support the establishment of a European cooperation scheme for a pilot group of VET providers coming from Italy, France, Germany, Slovenia, and Greece as well as to develop and implement an effective work-based learning system at their national levels. During an online New VET Training Hotspot, which was held on 22nd April 2021, the DIHUB project was presented as an example of the best practice of a VET program for digital Europe.
The idea of a New VET project is to design a collaborative and engaging ecosystem where everyone can grow into a satisfied person and successful professional. To contribute to this goal, project partners – a group of Italian, French, German, Slovenian, and Greek VET providers and research institutions are strengthening networks among VET providers at the national and regional level.
The New VET project partners organize regular Training Hotspots during which VET providers share their experiences, but also have an opportunity to learn from colleagues, proven national or international experts, and guest speakers. One of the guest speakers on the 4th Training Hotspot in April 2021 was Mrs. Maja Brkljačić, Business Development Manager of Algebra LAB at Algebra University College –a project partner in the DIHUB project consortium.
Maja Brkljačić presented the DIHUB project, undertaken activities, and project results as an example of best practices in the field of teaching high tech in VET. She described DIHUB as a platform where students, VET providers, and businesses (especially SMEs) collaborate to create innovative cloud-based services. Since the participants of the Training Hotspot were eager to learn from DIHUB experiences, it was highlighted that the key factor for the development of an ecosystem of vocational excellence is VET providers’ collaboration with other stakeholders. These stakeholders could be other VET providers, higher education institutions, small and medium-sized enterprises, business support organizations, and policymakers.
Their cooperation was presented as an example of creating a VET-SMEs-students network as well as a great way of developing a work-based learning environment. This work-based learning system of DIHUB enabled many development opportunities, Brkljačić concluded: SMEs from a wide set of industries implemented cloud-based solutions, VET institutions conducted a successful work-based learning model as well as established a way for making their students more competitive for solving SME’s business problems, and students have joined labor market and gained respective experience. In addition, Brkljačić described the pilot process which was conducted under the auspices of the DIHUB project in Croatia. The pilot was business-centered and student-centered combining the SMEs’ needs and pain-points with Algebra University College students’ competencies and interests, to resolve SMEs’ business problems using cloud-based solutions created by students.
New VET Training Hotspot attendees were very much interested in the DIHUB project pilot process and discussed with Maja Brkljačić the major challenges, obstacles but also achievements of the DIHUB project pilot process.
⇒ Follow the link to find out more about the project: https://newvet-project.eu/