Project concept, objectives, list of partners and other details in brief: Corporate project flyer 

Project title

Industry 4.0 CHAlleNGE: Empowering Metalworkers For Smart Factories Of The Future (4CHANGE)


KA2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices - Sector Skills Alliances

December 1st, .2016 - February 29th,.2020
Project no.
1 176 258 EUR
Short summary of the main features of the project

The manufacturing industry is the heart of Europe's economy and metalworking industry is providing about 12% of total manufacturing employment in the EU. Studies reveal that significant challenge for the metalworking sector is attracting skilled people, which is essential for developing the competitive position of the EU metalworking sector. Metalworkers operating computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines represent manufacturing's high-tech future and they are in high demand in the EU.

The overall goal of the project is to tackle skills gaps of metalworkers by addressing the following objectives: to design and deliver a new targeted VET programme based on the current and future skills demand in the metalworking sector, and to develop a self-adaptive work-based learning system in combination with coaching.

Aims and objectives

Over the last years the European manufacturing sector has engaged in a steady re-industrialisation of the sector, strongly leveraging ICT enhancements. In the light of the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) with its connected and flexible Factories-of-the-Future, CNC operators represent manufacturing's high-tech future. The use of Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines (technology in which the functions and motions of a machine tool are controlled by means of a prepared program containing coded alphanumeric program data) in the industry is not in line with the content of teaching in VET institutions and this has become a problem for the sector. Thus, CNC operators are in high demand in the EU.

The project will strive for tackling skills gaps of metalworkers, enhancing the responsiveness of VET systems to the manufacturing sector-specific labour market needs and demand for new digital and entrepreneurial skills.

O.1 - to design and deliver a new targeted VET programme based on the current and future skills demand in the metalworking sector;
O.2 - to develop a self-adaptive work-based learning system in combination with coaching for motivation and innovation.

Expected long-term results

- Providing employees and learners with fast-track skills for employment;

- Providing employers just-in-time talent from the classroom to the shop floor;

- Accelerating and expanding lifelong learning opportunities for a flexible, motivated and technical workforce.

European added value Innovation excellence and enhanced transnational cooperation between Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian and German VET providers, private companies and other stakeholders will complement policy reforms at national level and support modernisation of VET and international dimension of vocational training system. 
Vocational training programme will be developed in close cooperation with business stakeholders, taking into account successful examples from Germany that has a well performing VET system. The experience and good practice and expertise of the German partners are of utmost importance for the project.
The three Baltic countries share the similar position of VET policy; therefore, these project partners are eager to transform good practice from more experienced German partners. Germany has a long-established VET system with a focus on work-based learning and the German partners are keen to share their expertise, good practice examples of metalworking training curriculum. On the other hand, Germany faces country-specific problems, as it lacks not only a substantial number of high-qualified metalworkers but also professional CNC trainers and training methodology for trainers. Thus, the all the project partners are concerned with effectively dealing with these issues in their countries. 
The EU will benefit from the project outcomes that will ensure development of innovation and transfer of knowledge and experience at European level. Moreover, developing the project outputs together will ensure that duplication of the same or similar activities be avoided. Besides, the project results will be tested and good practice promoted on a larger scale.