The project will support SMEs and their employees in metal clusters, so that they have a better understanding of the ongoing changes (such as the climate crisis), recognize their impact and take appropriate adaptation measures. The project will demonstrate the potential of the CIRCULAR ECONOMY, especially in metal processing, manufacturing and other processes. In addition, VET teachers and learners will be involved in specialist training and development activities 200 participants from these target groups will be included. Young people, especially young women, should learn about the new sustainability orientation of the metal professions. It is planned to include an initiative group of about 12 to 300 young women and men.

The project activities consist of three stages:

 Analysis Phase, describing existing metalworking and manufacturing tasks, processes, and competencies.

  • Competences of the Circular Economy. Related to the results of the analysis, the partners identify new competencies that need to be taught in the right ways and contribute to a convincing and adaptable future value chain development concept in metalworking companies.
  • Training Programs. R&D results and best practice examples of the circular economy that already exist in metal industry SMEs, results will be systematically recorded and incorporated into learning materials. The partners will create and offer OPEN VOCATIONAL COURSES „PAOK“ and various „Living Labs“ programs as dissemination events for the circular economy. In addition, the project partners will create a SUPPORT STRUCTURE and provide an overview of career opportunities.

Project leader: IBBF Research Institute, supported by the Vocational Training Research Association and is a non-profit organization. The headquarters of the Association are in Berlin. The team of the institute consists of 12 experts and scientists from various professions. The team consists of graduates from various disciplines, social and economic sciences, including professional and economic. Collaborates with regional and international business, science, education and policy partners in interdisciplinary teams.

Project partners: Alytus Business Advisory Center (Alytus, Lithuania), Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania), Innovation Development and Promotion Center (Bialystok, Poland), REI – Reindustria Innovazione (Cremona, Italy), Metaindustry4, Advanced Manufacturing Cluster of the Asturias Metal Industry (Gijon, Spain).

ABAC budget: 26 151,00 Eur. Total project budget: 219 325,00 Eur.
Project duration: 2020 09 01 – 2023 08 31.
Project No. 2020-1-DE02-

Project partners

Circular Economy in Metal sector Living Lab events in Poland and Lithuania

CEMIVET partners meeting in Italy, Cremona

Intellectual outputs