Presentation of IN4WOOD project at Peer-to-Peer Local Event on Industry 4.0 with CoR and EC

Presentation of IN4WOOD project at Peer-to-Peer Local Event on Industry 4.0 with the Committee of the Regions and European Commission

On September 17 EURADA – as IN4WOOD project partner – had the honour to take part in the Peer-to-Peer Local Event on Industry 4.0 – in the context of the Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP) in Gabrovo (Bulgaria). This high-level conference was organised by European Committee of the Regions and DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission with the support of Gabrovo Municipality. The EURADA policy officers Tommaso Galli and Antony Pastor presented the IN4WOOD project in the conference session “Introduction to the KEP and the Place of Industry 4.0 in the new Programming Period” and highlighted the highly innovative components of IN4WOOD with regards to training and education to ensure Industry 4.0 proof workforce.

The audience particularly appreciated the systematic approach that the IN4WOOD project consortium ensured over the course of the project: Step 1: Conducting a need analysis; Step 2: Making a need-based training guide & a joint curriculum; Step 3: Building an online training infrastructure; Step 4: Implementing the course; Step 5: Accreditation of innovative training. Furthermore, the EURADA delegation comprehensively presented the concept of the IN4WOOD Final Conference. This conference embraces a cross-sector approach from the point of view of Industry 4.0 capacity building of companies in the wood and furniture, food and beverage and luxury industries. Its title “The next generation of education and training in the wood and furniture sectors and why it matters for development agencies” corresponded to the interest of the audience made up by both entrepreneurs and economic development practitioners and this is a very encouraging that the IN4WOOD partnership is on the right path. The great important devoted by IN4WOOD on skills in the context of the Industry 4.0 also resonated during the event dialogue with the Vice-Prime Minister of Bulgaria Tomislav Donchev and Markku Markkula, First Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions.

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