SEED (Sustainable Energy EDucation)
SEED (Sustainable Energy EDucation) is a CoVE (Centres of Vocational Excellence) program. It is essentially an initiative to establish transnational Platforms with the support of the Erasmus+ program aiming to find solutions so Europe to become a fossil free energy continent through education and research.
The need for that was born from the continuous continued worsening of weather phenomena resulting from climate change as well as the lack of well-equipped students, professionals and suitable labor capacity that is essential to change the tides and become prepared for the upcoming demanding years. Vocational education, as a driver for innovation and growth and agile in adapting to the labor market, has a heavy responsibility. Innovative, smart, digital and green ideas need to be developed in order to prevent the climate change, and the right time is now. Solutions are not yet clear and technologies are constantly evolving, so the overall environment is surrounded by an uncertainty, but every change should start with a well calculated leap of faith. And that program brings to the table the start of a well calculated solution.
SEEDs partners (14) and associate partners (23) are VET (Vocational Education and Training) providers EQF level 2-7, representatives from regional skills ecosystems and national agenda-setting stakeholders. With the objectives to:
- prepare learners, students and professionals with skills and competences for the future
- empower regional innovation based on regional needs
- scale up and promote work-based education
they will establish an international learning community and CoVES in five (5) regions.
The SEED community is needed because educational providers, working professionals, policymakers, from different professions and disciplines, will face on the challenges that lies ahead and experience the whole prosses of how to find answers to them collectively. Defined are 33 deliverables, benefiting educational staff, learners and stakeholders in workshops, good practices, international conferences and a learning platform that benefits the VET sector and regional stakeholders in Europe. The result is regional growing cooperation on vocational excellence in five regions, a shared implemented vision on regional learning, transnational learning and adapting to the labor market, development and exchange of good practices and tools, innovative approaches for learning with impact and an international community on vocational excellence dedicated to sustainable energy.
In SEED we distinguished and appropriated phases for preparation, implementation, monitoring, exploitation, evaluation and dissemination, related to the work packages. Each partner is involved in all work packages because it is a collective project, based on the same conclusions that created from all of us at the same time. All partners are expected to participate in the project, develop regional plans, participate in workshops and conferences, the partner meetings as well as every other activity that already is or will be planned in favor of the best implementation of the project. Each region works in their own region to develop a strong skill ecosystem on innovation (a CoVE) on sustainable energy education under the umbrella of the SEED project and together we form the learning platform in SEED and give input to that to create a complete learning experience for the respective publics concerned.
The Work packages:
The SEED project is organized in seven (7) coherent Work packages.
WP1: The project management. We distinguish a preparation phase, an implementation phase and an evaluation and monitoring phase.
WP 2 and 3: Preparation phase. The first focus is on what exact skills are needed to realize a fossil free energy society. We will create an overview of the excellent skills for the identified needs per country and region and a comparative analysis of the skills, and how do we educate these skills, in which type of learning environments. We will learn from each other in the five partner countries. In this phase we will learn about the regional skills ecosystem and COVE maturities, connected to the maturity model (ref: Mapping Coves) and each region. In each region we will define a strategy to increase the regional strength of the COVES within 4 years.
WP 4 and 5: Implementation phase. In this phase it is important to learn how regional innovation (good practices) could be shared internationally and fit in to regional innovation by adaption of the good practices to regional contexts, to strengthen the transnational learning strategy and to build a sustainable learning community.
We realised an adequate distribution over the various participating countries. Each country is:
- an example country on three (3) good practices
and at the same time
- a learner/follower country on five (5) good practices.
Regional cooperation is a building block of accelerating.
WP6: Evaluation and monitoring phase and quality assurance. Included are a monitoring strategy, cross assessments, and external evaluation.
WP7: Dissemination and exploitation of results.