How does it feel to learn in a manufacturing plant?


There was never a more exciting time to work in manufacturing, as the pace of innovation is accelerating, and companies need to quickly transform their production methods by,  among other, integrating leading-edge technological breakthroughs, from additive manufacturing and sophisticated welding technologies to fast prototyping and endless production runs.

These changes put a strain on workforce flexibility and knowledge requirements, as professionals need to be qualified to swiftly  and regularly adapt to new technologies.  Additionally, manufacturing companies throughout Europe are struggling to find candidates for shop floor positions, as young people still view manufacturing and welding as non-technological and physically demanding jobs.

Leveraging the combined knowledge of the project’s partners, the Work-based Learning Opportunities in Welding  (WOW)  aims  to address  the aforementioned challenges,   by   developing   a   work-based   learning   system   for   the   manufacturing   sector, supported by a local and European cooperative structure involving the European Federation of Welding,  Joining  and Cutting  (EWF),  Authorised  Nominated Bodies  (ANBs)  for  qualification, Vocational Educational, Training providers (Authorized Training Bodies – ATBs), companies and learners. The project will define a Quality Assurance Structure as well as operating procedures to put Work-Based Learning in place for the welding sector.

On the 2nd and 3rd of October, WOW consortium has gathered in Cambridge (UK), at TWI's facilities to discuss the guideline scheme to promote work-based learning arrangements in two welding qualifications: the European Welding Specialist (EWS) and the European Welding Practitioner (EWP) and the quality assurance mechanisms underpinned to it.
On top of that, it was discussed the platform settings to promote communication between all the stakeholders engaged in this scheme, namely, Authorised Training Bodies (ATBs), trainees, companies and Authorised Nominated Bodies (ANBs) and the quality criteria to assess the sustainability of WBL partnerships in each country involved in the project. 

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