On Friday, June 3, 2022, the kick-off meeting of the strategic partnerships (VET) Erasmus+ project DRONES@STEAM: FOSTERING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN VET SCHOOLS AND CREATING NEW JOB PROSPECTS IN THE LABOUR MARKET, that Net Media Lab organized, took place online.
Drone technology stands out as fun and practical equipment for contemporary classrooms, experiments, and exploration. Drone technology is a fascinating way to introduce students to STEM-related professions, equip them with relevant skills and thus cover the gaps reported in the labour market to meet the new job creation arising. DRONES@STEAM project will support VET trainers and educators in an attempt to strengthen their profiles with the acquisition of new skills, the development of targeted material, and the collection of tools and resources, while at the same time it will create opportunities for linking VET schools with the labour market building on synergies and partnerships with established organizations.
The key competencies to be promoted as part of the project are high digital skills which appear to be missing from VET curricula and are currently needed to enter the labour market and be included in VET job profiles targeting ‘wide and deep’ digital competencies and the use of technologies leading to the 4.0 industry and job-specific VET related skills for various fields and sectors which are not offered as work-based learning opportunities or include danger or hazards for the workers.
Representatives of all seven (7) partners from Greece, France, Cyprus and Spain participated in this very fruitful meeting and in particular from:
P1: University of Crete (Greece)
P2: ECAM-EPMI (France)
P3: CYPRUS COMPUTER SOCIETY (Cyprus)
P4: Politeknika Ikastegia Txorierri S.COOP (Spain)
P5: N.C.S.R. “Demokritos” (Greece)
P6: Emphasys Centre (Cyprus)
During the kick-off meeting, partners had the opportunity to get to know each other and the project’s deliverables were presented in detail together with management and financial issues.
Partners were very enthusiastic and active during the meeting, despite it being held online and important decisions were made regarding its progress.