AIRVET partners organised several events during the whole project, which was key to maintain close contact with the target groups of the project. Each event had a different purpose: while launch events in the beginning of the project were used to promote the main ideas and aims of AIRVET, focus groups were organised a few months later, mostly with industry and VET providers to validate the preliminary results of the needs assessment. Pilot runs called participants to test the e-Learning materials, open days gathered more than 500 participants in 6 countries, mostly young people, to discuss opportunities in the Aeronautics Industry. The final conference in Toulouse provided a public presentation of the AIRVET materials and was followed by National Workshops again in the 6 partner countries, where future sustainability of the AIRVET results was a priority to address. Click in each event to see more details:
- AIRVET LAUNCH EVENTS
- FOCUS GROUPS
- OPEN DAYS
- PILOT RUNS
- NATIONAL WORKSHOPS
- FINAL CONFERENCE
AIRVET LAUNCH EVENTS
Several Launch Events of the AIRVET Project have been organised throughout Europe, gathering more than 200 participants interested to know more about this initiative. Under the motto “Towards a more efficient Aeronautic VET offer”, these events were the perfect opportunity to present the upcoming project activities and expected results and to engage all participants and stakeholders into stimulating discussions about the future of the Aeronautic Workforce.
For example, in the event held in Poland, Dr. Krystyna Kmiotek, PhD (Rzeszów University of Technology Faculty of Management) gave a speech on competency management within a company, and the representatives of the University of Information Technology and Management gave a presentation on a course in Aviation Management – it is the only course in Poland addressed to the management personnel of aerospace industry.
During the events that took place in Portugal, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Spain and Poland, participants represented several fields of the Aeronautic Industry and from the Vocational Education & Training sector, were invited to discover more about the project through the Flight Plan and to disseminate it further with their colleagues.
The Focus Groups on skills needs were designed to foster discussion among people in the aviation industry using preliminary results obtained from the desk research and questionnaire analysis. A total of five focus groups were held in Spain, France, Italy (2) and Poland. Each focus group lasted approximately 2.5 hours.
Two documents were used in these events: a presentation that summarised results and possible skills gaps identified by the desk study; the analysis of the questionnaires which summarised the eight possible skills gaps and a feedback sheet to gather views.
The structure of a focus group was:
1. Introduction to the AIRVET project and an explanation of the purpose of focus groups.
2. Introduction by focus group participants; who are they and their experience;
3. Presentation of work package 2, its aims and objectives.
4. Presentation of the preliminary results of the desk study and questionnaire.
5. Open discussion to gauge agreement with the results to date, identification of additional gaps and views on training needs and delivery.
The Open Days for Future Workers in the AI were organised by AIRVET partners, aimed at bringing together schools, VET institutions, industry representatives and other important stakeholders. The Open Days disseminated information about Aeronautic professions and jobs, clarifying opportunities within the sector and presented VET courses as an alternative way of developing a profession.
The program of activities for the Open Days for Future Workers in the AI included:
Lectures: a presentation of the project, the state-of-art of the European Aeronautics industry and the advantages and benefits of this initiative. The results of WP2 were discussed along with the Curricula and materials that were being developed.
Keynotes: these aimed to invite a relevant local speaker (well known for his or her expertise in a particular aeronautical field) to deliver a speech and summarise the core message the AIRVET project and reflect on its importance for European economy. The focus are ideally on Human Factors and addressing the materials that AIRVET was developing;
Promotion of Aeronautic Industry careers and interaction with stakeholders: After the lectures and keynote presentations, there should be a space for further discussion on the themes presented. A display of brochures and informational material about careers should also be considered, so that young participants can bring home. This moment should also favor the interaction between young participants and stakeholders. Also there should be copies of the AIRVET newsletters and other publicity materials about the project.
Closing session: clearly anticipate all the activities and events that will be organized for AIRVET and invite participants to remain involved.
Eight events have been held in Portugal, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Poland; at least one in each of the partner’s countries. It was expected about 50 people in each country so altogether the attendance was expected to be around 300 people. This expectation was exceeded with over 500 people joining the events.
Pilot Runs were held to test the e-Learning lessons under AIRVET WP4. The AIRVET training materials aim to provide trainees with a sufficient understanding of the value that Human Factors knowledge can bring to their curricula towards aviation related careers and daily working activities in the aeronautic sector.
The pilot run of the tools developed consisted of practical learning sessions in which the training materials were tested by trainees and workers in AI. Partners collected opinions from the trainers and participants on the educational programs and innovative learning approaches. The pilot run events have been held in four different countries: Spain, Italy, France and Poland.
These pilots were essential to collect opinions both from trainers and participants on the training programmes and innovative learning approaches, so that the Alliance could readjust them accordingly. Different pilot run exercises have been carried out bearing in mind their types and the host countries:
The objective of the National Workshops was to present the main results of the project, namely the 4 curricula developed, the 9 eLearning lessons and the results of the assessment activities. Partners also took this occasion to talk with participants about possibilities of future exploitation of the project’s results. National workshops were organised by AIRVET partners in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Poland and the UK.
During the workshops, partners disseminated the main messages of AIRVET and the results achieved after the two years of the project. For most of the participants, this was not the first contact with the AIRVET project; they had been consulted previously to contribute to the needs assessment and to provide feedback about the curricula developed.
At the end of the workshop, participants were requested to complete a questionnaire with feedback about the event. The workshop was, without question, a key opportunity to foster the sustainability of the results of the project.
The Final Conference in Toulouse took place on the 29th September 2015. The main aim of the conference was to present AIRVET’s results and foster future work in this field. The event included a presentation of the AIRVET materials and other results, as well as panel sessions with relevant stakeholders to address issues related to:
- Human resources in the Aerospace sector: Diversity of jobs and skills required in this global competitive sector;
- Trends and skills: main priorities for the sector in the next years and how does this influence the preparation of the human resources.
- Human Factors in the Aerospace sector: the importance of Human Factors in all aerospace jobs.
The Final Conference counted with the participation of 3 guest speakers:
Mr. Olivier Esteban: AIRBUS
Mr. Pascal Traverse: AIRBUS
Mr. Eduardo Carrillo de Albornoz: Strategy & BD Deputy Director – Boeing Research & Technology Europe, S.L.U.
The conference started at 4pm with a presentation and keynote speech for students (especially university students) and was followed by a session of “Industry Talks” with keynote speeches from the representatives of Airbus and Boeing Research & Technology Europe to industry representatives and university teachers. The event ended at 7.30pm with a cocktail event to allow further informal discussion of the project’s results. You can download the programme of the Conference and presentation provided to participants.