The European Employment Strategy (EES) highlights the "significant role of vocational education and training in delivering the knowledge based economy". Structural economic changes and industrial productivity growth require a highly skilled and adaptable workforce in order to face the European economic and social challenges for the early future.
The industry request for qualified personnel should face the existing national qualifications, which are not recognized by other countries.
The project gains relevance because it will assure that the skills and qualification profile development are done at a European level, with a transnational scope, aligned with the European market needs, and then transferred to the national level, teaching, training at various levels. This will also allow achieving the European Union's targets and the objectives of the Erasmus + program of increasing the labour market relevance of VET and reducing skills mismatches and shortages.
Romania and Hungary
Immediate short-term impact of the project will be visible in the level of qualification of the first two groups of pilot-course graduates.
These specialists will possess extended knowledge about the risk management framework in welding fabrication and implicitly have a much better chance of employability.
On the other hand, the authorized training schools which have organized the RMWF pilot-courses will be more attractive for European level trainings in the field of welding technology, having state-of-the-art course materials.
Another short-term impact after the project will be visible in the industrial sector in Hungary and Romania in terms of increased interest in the further development of their staff in the field of welding technology, which will now be possible at local or national level.
Efficient welding fabrication through harmonization and mobility
On the long run, the continuation of the RMWF training courses in all the project partner countries as well as in other European countries, will answer the actual need for highly trained welding specialists, who will be able to implement the harmonization prefigured by the ISO 31000 and ISO/IEC 31010 standards.
Welding fabrication will be more efficient, also through the mobility of highly-qualified personnel will have much more ease in relocating for a new job (since their qualification will be internationally recognized after the EWF network integrates the course material).
Furthermore, by raising the awareness about the RMWF training course in the other project partner countries, respectively in other European countries, the training course will be organized all over Europe and especially in the EWF member countries.
The foundation of a transnational network of qualified trainers
A transnational network of qualified trainers in the field of Risk management in welding fabrication will come to existence, able to train specialists according to the most recent European standards. These specialists will be able to update their existing skills or the prepare themselves for their first job, either way they will be able to find a job easily or to maintain their existing job.
By integrating the RMWF course into the EWF network and into national educational systems in the partner countries, these educational systems will be better aligned to the needs and opportunities offered by the labour market and closer linked to business and community.