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The 14 SEED partners are carefully selected based on their range of expertise, skills, and experience in VET as well as in industry and with governmental organisations, to contribute with innovative approaches to regional skills ecosystem development on sustainable energy and excellent vocational education.
Therefore, the SEED partners have formed a multidisciplinary and interprofessional transnational consortium of experts, comprising VET’s (EQF level 3,4,5,6,7), higher education, industry, sector representatives and regional government capable of successfully delivering all aspects of the project. This consortium can generate real impact in the challenges on sustainable energy education by excellent Vocational Education and Training aligned with the regional needs.
The expansion of VET to higher education areas is seen all over Europe, partly through reform of existing institutions, partly through the emergence of new institutions, and caused by factors internal to the education and training system as well as by external pressures linked to demographic, technological and economic changes (Cedefop, 2017). Within the consortium, vast experience is available on cooperation in regional skills ecosystems and knowledge about skills needed and skills development principles (hybrid learning environments). The project design supports learning from each other, to upscale and to reinforce horizontal and vertical learning.
In addition to the 14 SEED partners, we have 24 associated partners, companies and organisations that provide reflection, tools, expertise, and a dissemination channel. They will be actively informed about SEED and included in various activities. From all the associate partners we received a letter of commitment, with a description of their involvement. Within the associate partners we can distinguish 3 separate groups.
Those partners help SEED in realizing a strong regional skills-ecosystem and to establish the 5 Coves. For instance in Spain the public sector entity Las Naves of Valencia (AP03) the cities centre for social and urban innovations and is attached to the Delegation of Innovation and Knowledge Management of the Valencia City Council, the company Hidraqua (AP04) created the DINAPSIS innovation centre in Benidorm from where it deploys digital solutions for smart, resilient and green water management and environmental health, the Fundación Valencia Port (AP05) is an initiative of the Port Authority of Valencia and is the knowledge and innovation centre for Valencia Port offering value-added training for the port community’s human capital, GRUPO GIMENO (AP06) is a Valencian company working on digital technology and renewable energy in collaboration with educational entities and research centres, the Alcobendas City Council (AP24) is an important city nearby Madrid and finally the Valencian Regional Minister of Housing and Bioclimatic Architecture (AP16) will advise about the current problems experienced by society in relation to sustainability (economic, social and environmental) and connect to different stakeholders in the region of Valencia facilitating the dissemination of information.
The German Rurh valley Cluster (AP17) is the supporting association of ‘ruhrvalley.tech – The Deep Tech Community’ consisting of more than 160 young technology companies, research- and public institutions which offer to connect to stakeholders in the Ruhr Area facilitating the dissemination of information, the German company AUKTORA GmbH (AP18) is an engineering company focused on helping medium-size companies in the field of fossil free technologies and innovations processes with the goal to make their innovations more future proof and the German company Carbon Minds (AP09) offers the largest life cycle assessment database which helps guide chemical companies to a more sustainable and fossil free future. The Greek District Heating company of Amindeo (AP11) is investing in biomass to become fossil free and offers a valuable business network, internships, guidance and training to vocational education institutes, the Greek university spinoff Bio-based Energy Technologies P.C. (AP13) has developed an innovative highly efficient & fuel flexible small-scale waste-to-energy technology enabling the use of raw residual biomass for the small-scale & on-site energy production, the Greek non-profit organisation Initiative for Promoting Entrepreneurship in Kozani (AP14) is established and directed by the Chamber of Commerce of Kozani and will disseminate the projects results to local businesses.
The Regional Council of Southwest Finland (AP21) is offering cooperation with VET providers to find suitable solutions for the anticipated labour needs, strategic planning in regional VET supply and climate change prevention, the ELCON SOLTIONS OY (AP22) develops, manufactures and sells AC and DC power systems for various industries crucial for a fossil free society and will contribute the key needs of the industry regarding professional skills of future employees, with a special role in promoting regional cooperation by focusing on the regional technological challenges. They function as authorities for regional development, as organisations for planning and promoting regional interests. In SEED, they see an initiative that contributes to realise their regional ambition and goals in regional development, with four priorities: responsibility, cooperation skills, accessibility, and resource efficiency.
Those partners reinforce the position of COVES and help with strategic choices and dissemination, because they are actively involved with national strategies or important innovations. For instance, the Top Sector Energy (AP01) a national program of the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate with an national human capital agenda for fossil free energy. This program has an active role in the implementation for the Dutch VET providers through realising regional eco-systems, connecting the partners in the Netherlands to relevant stakeholders and to disseminate the results from Coves SEED. The Dutch Brede Stroomversnelling (AP02) with vast experience and expertise on innovations needed for a fossil free energy society and well integrated in the Dutch situation, the German company Green Power Brains (AP10), dedicated to spreading renewable energy related technology and knowledge and with vast experience as a lecturer and trainer in Europe as well as in East and West Africa, the German company SunCrafter GmbH (AP20) and the Valencian company ELECTRONIC TRAFIC S.A. (AP08): they are at the forefront of the European R&D and Innovation with close to a hundred successful R&D and Innovation projects in the areas of mobility, energy and security. the Greek company Enel Green Power Hellas S.A. (AP07) is a worldwide leader in renewable energy production and actively supports the energy transition through connecting green business with vocational education institutes, is an expert in off-grid and 2ndl life solar applications and a valuable source of information and sparring partner for curriculum development and results dissemination on this topic, and finally the REXEL FINLAND OY (AP23), committed to sustainable energy systems and dedicated to exchange information between suppliers of electrical equipment and VET providers.
Satellites from VET institutions and higher education provide expertise, tools, and they are an important dissemination channel. They are the partners to start with for the replication part and upscaling the community (WP 4) and will be adopting relevant lessons learnt on VET excellence, as part of the international community (the learning platform) and participate to the international conferences. Satellite associate partners are: the Greek Vocational Training Center ORAMA (AP12), active in the field of training in the field of human resources management, vocational training, and lifelong learning. The North Macedonian Faculty of Biotechnical Sciences Bitola of the St. Kliment Ohridski University (AP15), offering future students quality knowledge, skills, and experiences in the field of biotechnical science complemented by practice and quality scientific and research work and the VDV-Akademie e.V. (AP19) creates innovative and learner-centred approaches to vocational training for employees in the German public transport sector and are committed to fossil free, electric, and sustainable mobility chains.
Upward convergence is realized within the SEED partnership, bringing together organisations active in the field of vocational education and training and in the world of work, and in the growth of the five COVES, in each region one, in different stages of development. SEED allows for a smooth and effective exchange of expertise and knowledge.
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Regional: in the field of education and training the regional innovation and skills ecosystem is represented. The regional COVES learn and work together in a transnational setting to increase the maturity of their regional skills ecosystem. Within the COVE we will learn better how to develop our common goals and how the needs can be translated to the development of skills, by forming hybrid learning environments. When zooming in on best practices, an abundant picture emerges, demonstrating several ways of hybrid learning environments. All countries have good practices to share and want to learn from others on COVES.
International: in the field of education and training, full partners on EQF levels from 3-7 are participating. Companies and branch representatives are connected as full partners and as associate partners. Applying our approach, the methodology of OMC combined with the hybrid learning environments, the upward convergence will be an iterative process. Together we will form the international learning community platform, where we share our experiences and develop the transnational activities. Internationally we will exchange our knowledge; disseminate our outcomes; and discuss approaches, tools, and frameworks. Further upward convergence is reached by the expanding of the learning community and the incorporation of satellite partners in the project.
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BE1 HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (25.000 students, 5.000 experts) is an experienced project coordinator on (inter)national projects. HU brings in expertise on the transition to fossil free districts, healthy buildings, smart mobility, urban experience and learning and innovation. HU’s focus is innovative approaches, challenged based learning, hybrid learning environments and flexible pathways. HU will lead WP 1 and WP 3 and is involved as task leader in WP 7 and is in the lead of the Dutch good practice TL4 in WP4.
BE2 ROC MN is a provider of vocational and adult education (20.000 students and 1.700 experts). One of the aims of ROCMN is to prepare students better for an ever-changing society and work situation. To make education more flexible, tailor-made for each student in a pedagogical manner and in a technological manner, students are prepared for a working environment that will require continuous development from staff. ROC MN is in the lead of the Dutch good practice TL7 in WP4.
BE3 PBT Stichting Platform Betatechniek is created by Dutch ministry to support the implementation of strategies on work-based learning. PBT is on the forefront of sharing knowledge on public private collaboration in vocational and professional education, e.g. in Centres of Expertise (CoE) and Centres of Vocational Excellence, supporting over 100 public/private partnerships between education institutions and over 6.500 companies. PBT leads WP 6, leads the Dutch good practice GO23 in WP4 and is regional coordinator.
BE4 INNO Innovat.ION Foundation is a non-profit organisation aiming at knowledge transfer from government sponsored research to SME’s and other educational institutes. INNO represents the Dutch trade association for companies and institutes who are involved in the surface treatment industry, with a clear insight on the skills needed by industry in surface treatment technology. INNO is task leader in WP 7 and is in the lead of the Dutch good practice CP18 in WP4.
BE5 TUAS Turku University of Applied Sciences (9.000 students, 700 experts), is a real innovation academy. TUAS specialises in pedagogical modernisation of higher education, executing multi-field innovation pedagogy with focus on Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI), flexible curricula and entrepreneurship. It is internationally active in futureoriented energy solutions. TUAS leads WP2 on skills, is task leader in WP1 and is in the lead of the Finnish good practice GO23 in WP4, regional coordinator.
BE6 RAS Raisio Regional Education and Training Consortium (3.000 students, 200 experts) is an important Finnish VET provider. RAS has wide national and international cooperation networks with valued partnerships between different education providers, companies as well as other institutions of work life. RAS works closely with areas circular economy providers like Smart Chemistry Park and other companies to develop diversified learning environments for the students where on-the-job learning can be done in co-operatives. RAS is involved as task leader in WP5 and is in the lead of the Finnish good practice CP13 in WP4.
BE7 SOL Solar Finland is a solar energy company with a staff of 40-50 experts. With its wide range of products and services on the solar energy sector, together with its four affiliates, it is one of the most significant solar energy companies in Finland, with over 40 years of experience in solar energy systems and solar energy. Its scope includes manufacturing, sales, and installation of solar energy systems. SOL is in the lead of the Finnish good practice TL8 in WP4.
BE8 UPV Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (36.000 students, 5.000 experts) and has broad experience in EU projects taking part in different actions. UPV is an active member in the Cluster de ernegía de la Comunidad Valenciana, a regional network realising energy efficient and clean energy initiatives. The Cluster is composed of companies and organisations that offer services or products in the energy value chain. UPV leads WP 5 and is the leader of the Spanish good practice CP18 in WP4, regional coordinator.
BE9 DG Conselleria de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, Dirección General de Formación Profesional y Enseñanzas de Régimen Especial is a regional policy body for the vocational training and the establishment of professional training degrees and specialisation courses. In addition, it is responsible for the advice and strategies in the field of vocational training and lifelong learning. DG represents six vocational education providers on level 3-4. DG is task leader in WP3 and is the leader of the Spanish good practice TL8 in WP4.
BE10 AVA AVAESEN is a private non-profit association of 160 regional companies (renewable energies, circular economy, water cycle, waste treatment and smart cities). The members of the cluster encompass 80% of the clean energy sector and include more than 6.000 jobs, offering a tailor-made service based on a joint plan with the mission of boosting competitiveness, innovation, and growth. AVAESEN is the leader of the Spanish good practice CP12 in WP4.
BE11 BUAS Bochum University of Applied Sciences (7.000 students, 600 experts) is a university in the industrial area of the Ruhr Area. It is embarking on an innovative path in teaching and research, and it stands for a holistic academic qualification of personalities, with a focus on sustainable development in research and teaching as well as work-based learning in the field of fossil free energy. BUAS leads WP4 and is the leader of the German good practice CP13 in WP4, regional coordinator.
BE12 EBI Ebility GmbH is an international e-mobility company. The product portfolio includes electric kickboards and motor scooters as well as portable and universally applicable energy storage systems. As a specialist on micro-mobility, EBI is also available in France, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, the USA, and Canada. EBI is involved as task leader in WP2 and is involved in the German good practice TL7 in WP4.
BE13 CLUBE Cluster of Bioeconomy and Environment of Western Macedonia with more than 40 members from the public sector, R&D and Entrepreneurship covers the entire quadruple helix of the regional bioeconomy and environment sector. CLUBE builds on a huge experience in multiplying effects by spreading the knowledge towards regional municipalities and enterprise networks, both nationally and internationally. Leads WP7 and involved as task leader in the good practices WP4, leader of the Greece good practice GO25 in WP4, regional coordinator.
BE14 UOWM University of West Macedonia (20.000 students, 3.000 experts), invests in innovative educational programs and multidisciplinary fields of research, corresponding to the needs of the modern world and specifically on advanced energy related issues. It is equipped with innovative research and education technologies on the renewable energy field (www.semlab.gr) and has established the research Institute for smooth energy transition with similar objectives as the COVES project. UOWM is task leader in WP6 and is the leader of the Greece good practices TL4 and CP12 in WP4.
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