The primary goal of the TRAIN-ECO project is to develop training materials on eco-innovation for electronics professionals and entrepreneurs from SMEs and start-ups. SMEs and start-ups play an important role in the EU economy and need to transition to sustainable business models in order to support EU’s efforts to build a green economy. For example, waste from the electronics industry, known as e-waste, is an increasingly large problem for the EU and the world. However, currently SME and start-up staff lack the training and skills necessary to develop innovative and eco-sustainable electronics products that comply with EU regulations. To address this, TRAIN-ECO will:
• Develop training materials on eco-innovation that leads to sustainable development, and quality management in electronics product development
• Develop training materials on EU environmental and safety standards
• Design a MOOC that will comprehensively cover the above topics
• Create shorter e-modules on these topics and an open repository of project materials
• Create guidelines for VET providers on how to incorporate our learning materials into flexible continuing VET education programs and courses
All of our objectives have been set in recognition of the specific needs of electronics professionals and entrepreneurs. Since working professionals often lack time to engage in longer-term continuing VET programs, TRAIN-ECO will pay special attention to creating flexible learning opportunities for this group, in particular by designing a MOOC and a series of shorter e-modules on eco-innovation. In addition to staff from SMEs and start-ups, we will target continuing education learners, students of electronics engineering and VET and adult education providers, who will be able to freely use TRAIN-ECO materials.
The training materials developed by all partners have not only been evaluated and improved among the consortium itself, the project also organized several so-called Multiplier Events (MEs) where the main target groups were regionally gathered and included into the development process. Those events had two core parts: training material presentation by the partner and discussion with attending experts on potential improvements. As the partners have been solely responsible for the national / regional implementation of such events, different approaches and techniques have been used as well as format differed between online and offline sessions.
Below, the implemented MEs by the partnership are listed.
Webinar by Centria University, 23. & 24.11.2022
Seminar in Riga, 05.04.2022
Event in Wismar, 10.05.2022
Webinar by Tartu & Riga University, 23.05.2022
Event in Wismar, 24.05.2022
Webinar by Riga University, 21.06.2022
Intellectual Outputs 1 & 2
To achieve the set taget and objectives of TRAIN-ECO project, the content implementation is based on a trilateral approach being represented by the so-called Intellectual Outputs (OIs). Whereas the final MOOC represents OI3, two outputs were developed and piloted jointly in advance, which serve as thematic frameworks for the MOOC. However, IO1 focuses on eco-innovation and quality management in electronics, whereas IO2 addresses EU environmental, safety and other regulations pertaining to the field of electronics.
Already at the beginning of the content development, which started with an intensive literature review on existing research items, application reports, economic studies and data mining, the consortium identified several spillovers on the proposed topics for IO1 & IO2. Hence, as logical consequence, four pillars have been introduced to more sufficiently cover and combine aspects coming from both areas. Based on these pillars, the first training materials have been developed for an internal mutual training. Here, first impressions and knowledge were shared among the partnership to improve the materials towards their training purpose and the development of an extensive and detailed guidebook on covered eco-innovation topics.
Subsequent, the guidebook and materials have been further elaborated and piloted in four regional multiplier events organized by each partner in the respective country. Experts in electronics, academics and entrepreneurs joined these first sessions presenting developed materials as training materials. The gathered feedback from the audiences were capitalized on to finalise the content materials for all four pillars as they are published below.
Please note: the materials are published open-access and should be cited as follows:
TRAIN-ECO (2022). Name of pillar. (Retrieved from: http://www.testelectronics.eu/train-eco/#1648644046280-ee57eaa1-6010, Access: xx.xx.xxxx).