Kick-off Meeting in Brussels

The project partnership met in Brussels on November 2nd to start the transnational team-working and work through the content of the first project deliveries.

Johanne Toft-Petersen from the Danish Erasmus+ national office presented project responsibilities and the Erasmus+ administration system.

The teams decided on the upcoming dissemination activities and the first version of the project website and the OER was presented.

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Roundtable in Valencia

Two representatives from the Safety4El consortium, Anabel Menica and Kent Andersen, demonstrated the OER (Open Education Resource) prototype, which is being developed in the project with the aim of improving safety for electricians and other employees in the construction industry. The OER is fully free to use, all you and your students need to do is to register at the address: www.safety4el.net/moodle/

All texts in the present version of the OER are © Electrotechnical Certification Scheme: https://www.ecscard.org.uk/Downloads/PoliciesAndDocuments/ECS033-HS_Revision_Guide-July-2015.pdf The texts are used with permission from the SJIB (Scottish Joint Industry Board for Electrical Contracting Industry). In the coming year the partnership will develop similar OER units in Danish, English, Greek, Maltese, and Spanish.
It was a great pleasure for the two presenters that Mariette Harmsen from ROC Midden Nederland has offered to test the OER with Dutch students and also a message through LinkedIn from Sioulis Heracles in Greece, who looks forward to follow the project, showed the importance of the project. This also shows the value of an EfVET roundtable.

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Dissemination during the EBBD conference in Aalborg

Safety4El was invited by the European Business Baccalaureate Diploma (EBBD) conference to present the way the project intends to deliver bilingual teaching and Content and Language Integrated Learning. Kent Andersen presented the Clilstore system (multidict.net), which is used in the Safety4El Open Education Resource system, so all words in the training texts are linked to online dictionaries covering 118 languages. The slides (in Danish) from the presentation can be downloaded from www.safety4el.net/presentations/Aalborg2016.ppt


Reasons for submitting the project in Denmark

In Denmark, the National Research Centre for the Working Environment sent a questionnaire to 50,000 employed workers and received 27,000 responses (March 2014) that showed electricians compared to other work groups are involved in more than average numbers of accidents and suffer from more than average physical strain; e.g. working on knees or squatting 61.19% compared to an average for all groups of 17.2%, lifting or carrying more than a quarter of the work time 56.57% compared to an average for all groups of 30.68%, and working with arms lifted 51.43% compared to an average for all groups of 18.33%

Of the partner countries only GB has mandatory tests that need to be taken on a regular basis (An ECS craft card is valid for 3 years), in Denmark electricians working with live installations must receive Electrotechnical safety instructions once every year, neither Cyprus, Malta nor Spain has similar regulations.

The project needs analysis includes figures from the following statistics/white papers:
-Key figures for Great Britain (2014/15):  http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/index.htm)
-National Research Centre for the Working Environment: “Arbejdsmiljø og Helbred i Danmark 2012-20” http://www.arbejdsmiljoforskning.dk/da/arbejdsmiljoedata/arbejdsmiljoe-og-helbred-20
-EUROSTAT 2014: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Accidents_at_work_statistics


Project Priorities

The project will strengthen the teaching of safety in electricians’ training during their school periods as well as on the job training through online modules. It targets three EU sectoral priorities:

-Further strengthening key competences in VET curricula

-Transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications to facilitate learning, employability and labour mobility

-Open and innovative education, training and youth work, embedded in the digital era