The Cultural and Creative Sector (CCS) plays a key role in European economies, in terms of employment, innovation, and positive social impact on the whole society. Nevertheless, policies enforced during the COVID-19 pandemic to support the severely-hit CCS proved to be short-sighted and unable to promote the adoption of modern and digital-oriented business models in the sector (OECD, Culture shock: COVID-19 and the CCS). The pandemic has accelerated the process of digital transformation, but a wide skills gap still exists in the EU: in 2019, 90% of jobs required digital skills but 43% of Europeans lacked basic competences (EC, 2019). For CCS actors lacking the skills to shift to digital mode, the restrictions meant unstable income and uncertain future prospects.
In line with the European Skills Agenda’s priorities, the new Erasmus+ project, RestART, will enhance CCS actors’ digital preparedness, resilience and adaptability to changes. Yet, the efficient upskilling of CCS actors depends on VET providers’ capacity to provide effective response strategies. The pandemic hindered the delivery of VET programmes, revealing scarce ability to use digital tools, motivate learners, ensure the continuity of learning and equal opportunities for all, which increased the risk of drop-out (ILO, 2020).
Conforming the Digital Education Action Plan’s calls for improved digital capacity in education to allow all learners to thrive in a changing society, the RestART project will improve VET providers’ digital skills for effective training design and delivery, competence assessment and validation, by creating comprehensive training materials and guidance on how to increase the digital expertise of CCS learners. The project will support the digital transition and resilience of CCS actors by enhancing the ability of VET providers in creative disciplines to adapt their training offer to current and future needs of labour market, economy and society.
Six partners from Italy (CESIE), Finland (HBC), Portugal (COFAC), Greece (EUROTraining), Austria (die Berater) and Spain (INCOMA), who have already met online at the projec’t’s Kick-Off Meeting on 12th April 2022, will collaborate together over the next 2 years to achieve the following RestART objectives:
- to create a transferable ECVET-based framework to support VET providers in designing innovative and flexible training offers for the cultural creative sector;
- to strengthen key digital and transversal skills of CCS VET learners;
- to equip CCS-oriented VET providers with tools and guidance on how to use digital technologies in training, competence assessment and validation;
- to facilitate the ability of CCS-oriented VET providers to respond to the challenges of the 21st century, becoming more open, inclusive, environmentally conscious and able to provide training offers meeting the real needs of the labour market;
- to upscale the RestART approaches, encouraging policymakers and other stakeholders to support the transformation of European CCS-oriented VET towards digitalisation, inclusivity, and sustainability.
To achieve these objectives, the partners will develop the following results:
- A framework to RestART: re-shaping the frontiers of VET in the CCS, highlighting challenges and priorities of the CCS and CCS-oriented VET in Italy, Finland, Spain, Greece, Austria and Portugal.
- MOOC-ART: a digital journey for the CCS, through which CCS actors will improve their digital skills.
- RestART-kit for successful VET in the CCS, offering guidance on how to upscale the training offer for the CCS.
- RestART digital gallery for upscaling VET innovation in the CCS, to make concrete suggestions for EU policymakers on how to support CCS actors and VET providers.
Through its products the project aims to address CCS actors needing to improve their digital and transversal vocational skills and CCS oriented VET providers that are not confident and sufficiently skilled in using digital technologies in training and wish to acquire the necessary competences to adapt to the new trends.
CESIE will coordinate the RestART project, lead the development of the MOOC- ART and organise an event in Palermo to support the overall innovation of CCS-oriented VET in the EU towards digitalisation, inclusivity, and sustainability, confirming and reinforcing VET’s key role in European societies and economies. If you would like to learn more about RestART, please write to Simona Palumbo: email@example.com.
About the project
RestART is co-financed by Erasmus+ programme, Key Action 2 VET – Cooperation partnerships in vocational education and training.
- CESIE (Italy, coordinator)
- HELSINKI BUSINESS COLLEGE OY (Finland)
- COFAC COOPERATIVA DE FORMACAO E ANIMACAO CULTURAL CRL (Portugal)
- EUROTRAINING EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION (Greece)
- DIE BERATER UNTERNEHMENSBERATUNGS GESELLSCHAFT MBH (Austria)
- INTERNATIONAL CONSULTING AND MOBILITY AGENCY SOCIEDAD DE RESPONSABILIDAD LIMITADA (Spain)
For further information
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Contact Simona Palumbo: firstname.lastname@example.org.