Press release

From wind power to nutrition: BIBB sponsors seven projects in the vocational education and training for sustainable development field

50/2010 | Bonn, 21.12.2010

In vocational education and raining, we continue to set our sights on sustainable development: The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) with funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is promoting seven projects for "Vocational Education and Training for Sustainable Development" (BBNE) in the areas of metal/electric with a focus on renewable energies, construction and housing, chemistry and nutrition. In the projects, for example, the training needs of experts specializing in offshore wind energy plants will be identified, in the chemical and nutrition fields strategies will be developed in the area of sustainable development to provide training extending from vocational orientation to the transition from job to university, and with the construction industry learning modules will be developed for the purpose of anchoring the issue of sustainable development in initial and continuing education and training in the construction sector.
Nearly three million euros are earmarked for this funding priority, which is integrated into the second half of the UN Decade of "Education for Sustainable Development" (2005 - 2014).

Funding will be provided for four joint projects with a duration of 3 years and three individual projects, each with a 2-year term. In the area of

  • Metal/Electric
    • a training course for government examined technology specialists in renewable energy resources will be developed, implemented and evaluated in a joint project with the University of Oldenburg (Contact: Prof. Dr. Karin Rebmann, Universität Oldenburg, karin.rebmann@uni-oldenburg.de)
    • in another joint project, the occupational competencies and skills requirements of technical experts in the assembly, commissioning and servicing of offshore wind turbines will be determined, in order to develop education and training measures, and to establish them (initially) regionally. Project partner is the Institute for Technology and Education of the University of Bremen (Contact: Prof. Dr. Georg Spöttl, University of Bremen / Institute of Technology and Education, ITB, spoettl@uni-bremen.de)
    • the Institute for SME Research at the University of Mannheim and the MetropolSolar Rhein-Neckar e.V. will investigate what the vocational education and training needs are in the trades with an eye to the promising electric vehicle and renewable energy resources markets (Contact: Dr. René Leicht, Institute for SME Research / University of Mannheim, leicht@ifm.uni-mannheim.de)
    • the Bildungswerk für berufsbezogene Aus- und Weiterbildung Thüringen (Education Centre for Initial and Continuing Vocational Education and Training Thuringia) will develop a strategy for recruiting training staff as multipliers for the principle of sustainable development. The basis will be the Trainer Aptitude Ordinance, and liaison will be established with the photovoltaic industry (Contact: Marion Wadewitz, BWAW Thüringen, m.wadewitz@bwaw-thueringen.de)
  • Construction and Housing
    • under a collaborative project the Netzwerk KOMZET Bau und Energie - a consortium of centers of excellence in the construction industry - will develop and test learning modules that promote sustainable development in the construction sector and in cooperation with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and other education stakeholders will anchor them as a model in initial and continuing education and training (Contact: Jens Schwarz, Ausbildungszentrum-Bau in Hamburg GmbH, AZB, jens.schwarz@azb-hamburg.de)
  • Chemistry
    • the Rhein-Erft Akademie GmbH - together with its partners - will focus on sustainable educational careers in the chemical industry. The joint project will build on the results of the pilot NICA (sustainability in chemistry education) project. The goal is the methodical preparation and implementation of sustainable development criteria for the education sector at all levels of vocational education and training, including university education in the chemical sector (Contact: Rainer Overmann, Rhein-Erft Akademie GmbH, rainer.overmann@rhein-erft-akademie.de)
  • Nutrition
    • the University of Applied Sciences Münster, Institute for Vocational Teacher Education, will prepare a modular curriculum framework for systematic training for sustainable development work in the food sector - over the entire career field width and all skill levels (Contact: Prof. Dr. Irmhild Kettschau, FH Münster/Institut für berufliche Lehrerbildung, kettschau@fh-muenster.de).

For further information on the new funding priority see the BIBB website: http://bbne.bibb.de/de/bbne_index.htm
For information on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development go to www.bne-portal.de

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