EU Chambers of Commerce meeting in Brussels
IRFI presented the results and the deliverables of the Prime project in a Seminar for representatives of Chambers of Commerce of 7 EU countries (Spain, Germany, France, Netherland, Austria, and Italy). The seminar, “CONNECTING EUROPEAN CHAMBERS: Learning together from regional experiences”, took place at the Committee of Regions in Brussel on March, 8-9, 2016. The Prime project has arisen very high interest within the sessions dedicated to sharing experiences and lessons learned.
J-VET Project – Erasmus + (KA2 Sectors skills alliances)
IRFI, MOKUME and Omegatechnology decided to capitalize the experience gained with the Prime Project submitting a project proposal in the same sector under the Erasmus Plus Programme, KA2, Sectors skills Alliances. This project called J-VET derived from the capitalization of three additional EU financed Projects:
1) MEDNETA (ENPI CBC MED), Beneficiary: NTUA (National Technical University of Athens), Greece;
2) This is not a Jewel (COMENIUS), Beneficiary: Lycée Professionnel Jean Géhenno, St. Amand Montrond, France;
3) Development of Nanofunctional Building Surfaces for Safe and Green Environment/ARISTON (SYNERGASIA), Beneficiary: NCSR DEMOKRITOS, Greece.
J-VET intents to provide innovative training material for VET facilities in the domain of green, hi-tech and ethic products of the European Goldsmith, Silversmith and gemology manufacturers by:
(a) teaching them to set up a green lab,
(b) training on the Use of recycling and ecofriendly materials,
(c) training on Wearables and hi-tech jewels,
(d) training on Social responsibility.
J-VET will develop 4 innovative VET curriculums, according to EQF/ECVET standards, supporting Work Based Learning.
Annual global sales of €148 billion are expected to grow at a healthy clip of 5 to 6 percent each year, totalling €250 billion by 2020 (McKinsey 2014). Consumer appetite for jewellery, which was dampened by the global recession, now appears more voracious than ever. But the industry is as dynamic as it is fast growing. Jewellery industry is as dynamic as it is fast growing. Consequential changes are under way, both in consumer behaviour as well as in the industry itself. Jewellery players cannot simply do business as usual and expect to thrive; they must be alert and responsive to important trends and developments or else risk being left behind by competitors that are more agile. Wearables and hi-tech jewellery offer new opportunities for Developing Countries. On the other hand, people become more and more aware for the impacts that their purchases make on the world around them and turn to prefer green gifts. It is sure that the importance of “Made in” labelling will grow, since customers want to know the origin of the gems and gold they purchase. Kids Jewellery is also a trend that cannot be ignored. The tween age group are much more environmentally cautious. J-VET has identified 4 specific areas of interest where joint efforts need to be done at EU level to offer added value skills to the workforce of the EU jewellery sector: (a) Setting up a green lab, (b) Use of recycling and ecofriendly materials, (c) Wearables and hi-tech jewellery, (d) Social responsibility. The J-VET training materials will be offered through an open e-learning platform and virtual (3D) presentations for multiple digital screens including VR headsets. J-VET will contribute to the development of a VET curriculum, according to EQF/ECVET standards, that is outcome-oriented and responds to specific skill shortages in jewellery sector. At the same time will be attractive, innovative and will support Work Based Learning.