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” was implemented in close cooperation with the Berlin Chamber of Small Business and Skilled Crafts. The project provided a platform for an international exchange of experience. 26 professionals in vocational education and training were given an in-depth insight into the vocational training system in Austria and Spain. They made contacts and discussed with their colleagues in Vienna and Barcelona current developments of the labour market, new competence requirements, sustainable approaches for teaching and learning. They learned from each other and worked together on solutions to make craft professions more attractive.

One focus of the discussion was the work with young people with special needs. The provision of tailor-made support services in training is intended to help these young people to strengthen their knowledge and skills and thus improve their employment opportunities.

The exchange was profitable for all parties involved. It is a component for increasing the attractiveness of skilled trades in order to attract new skilled workers and counteract youth unemployment.

„Handwerk Mobil“ on the Erasmus+ Project Results Platform
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Impressions of the experience exchanges in Barcelona and Vienna

  • 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)
  • 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 articles about the experience exchanges
Experience exchange in Barcelona 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

Donors:

European Commission – Erasmus+

Handwerk Mobil – Exchange for securing skilled employees