The European marble sector is changing radically in recent years: on one hand technological progress requires more specialised technical skills, on the other hand companies growingly demand for personnel trained in environmental assessment and work safety.
Changes in regulation and multi-level governance, demographic and population, environmental, economics and globalisation, technological, values and identities, consumer demand are only part of the main drivers that are shaping training demand in the marble sector. These dynamics are aligned with European general trends about qualification and training.
The new sector specific training needs are: the New Skills Agenda for Europe (2016) states that “by 2025 almost half of all job openings in the EU will require higher qualifications”. In particular, changing in work content and increased task complexity will result in growth of the occupational group of managers and associate professionals [Cedefop 2016].
The project objectives are:
- To anticipate the job-related requirements of the future managerial occupations more effectively in order to improve the transfer and use of new and existing knowledge on further skills needs among partner countries.
- To create a common qualification framework that will result in better qualified professionals involved in top and middle management in the European and Turkish marble industry.
- To develop new methodologies and learning tools based on MOOCs for re engineering the training process targeted to the existing and aspiring managers from marble industry.
- To promote growth, jobs, equity and social inclusion as well as tackling socio-economic changes relating to changes of the marble sector and contributing, through talent and innovation, to the enhancement of competitiveness of the Marble Companies, and responding to skills mismatches at sectoral level. By doing so, the project will be consistent with the implementation of the European policy agenda.
The target groups of the project will include: VETs, policy-makers, associations and organisations dealing with marble, universities, research centres dealing with the project topics, companies, managers of the marble industry and potential ones, managers of the marble industry and potential ones, and trainers.