On Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 January 2023, the hybrid 2nd Transnational Project Meeting of the Erasmus+ project DRONES@STEAM: FOSTERING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN VET SCHOOLS AND CREATING NEW JOB PROSPECTS IN THE LABOUR MARKET took place in Cergy-Pontoise, in France and online via Microsoft Teams.
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 this second meeting of the consortium, partners discussed the progress of the Intellectual Outputs of the project and the dissemination plan and activities, as well as various management and financial issues.