Handwerk Mobil – Exchange for securing the supply of skilled labour

The demographic change in some countries is bringing about a massive lack of skilled workers in the field of handicrafts. In other countries, there is a noticeable high youth unemployment rate. The trend towards the internationalisation of the markets brings about many new opportunities for European solutions.

“Handwerk Mobil” offered a platform, in which professionals in vocational education and training (VETPROs) can exchange, shared and developed consistent solutions. The participants received deep insights into the vocational training systems of different countries. The aim was to increase the attractiveness of the handicraft trade and to improve the quality assurance of initial and continuing vocational education and training, in order to secure skilled employees and counteract youth unemployment. A focus was, among others, on the education of young people with special educational needs. This target group should be supported in improving their qualifications and competences to have a promising perspective.

The mobility project had, with close cooperation with the Berlin Chamber of Small Business and Skilled Crafts, open up new opportunities for know-how and Good Practice transfer. The developed strategies and mutual learning were helpful for all participants. The cooperation model had a positive effect on the education, as well as on the enterprises and therefore created a foundation for the sustainable securing the supply of skilled labour. Altogether 26 VETPROs from the handicrafts sector of Berlin participated in the four and seven day long exchange in Austria (Vienna) and Spain (Barcelona).

„Handwerk Mobil“ on the Erasmus+ Project Results Platform
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Impressions of the first experience exchange in Barcelona, November 2015

  • Gruppenfoto in Tarragona 
Group photo in Tarragona (© Marcus Finke)
  • Austausch in der Berufsschule Institut Pere Martell in Tarragona 
Exchange of experiences in the vocational school Pere Martell in Tarragona (© Marcus Finke)
  • Austausch in der Berufsschule Institut Comte de Rius in Tarragona 
Exchange of experiences in the vocational school Comte de Rius in Tarragona (© Marcus Finke)
  • Austausch im Tischlereibetrieb OnlyWoodBcn in Sant Cugat del Vallès 
Exchange of experiences in the carpentry OnlyWoodBcn in Sant Cugat del Vallès  (© Marcus Finke)
BBH article January/February 2016
Experience exchange in Barcelona

Impressions of the second experience exchange in Vienna, April 2016

  • Präsentation zum Fachkräftemangel in Österreich
Presentation on lack of skilled workers in Austria (© Sigrun Merkle)
  • Diskussion in der Wirtschaftskammer Wien
Discussion in the Vienna Chamber of Commerce (© Sigrun Merkle)
  • Gruppenfoto in der Gebäudereinigungsakademie 
Group photo in the cleaning services academy (© Sigrun Merkle)
  • Gebäudereinigungsakademie 
Cleaning services academy (© Sigrun Merkle)
BBH article July/August 2016
Experience exchange in Vienna

Article about BGZ mobility projects since 2001

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BBH article, March 2017
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Projektdetails

Implemented in:

Austria, Spain

Duration:

2015-2017

Berlin partners:

Berlin Chamber of Small Business and Skilled Crafts

Transnational partners:

Economic chamber Vienna,
Business school FEDA (Barcelona)

Contact:

Sebastian Mayr
Tel: +49 (030) 80994118

Donors:

European Commission – Erasmus+

Handwerk Mobil – Exchange for securing skilled employees