VETAAL started on November 21st 2013 to address the chaIIenges of the vocationaI skiII mismatch that the new demand of an AAL-integrated Habitat has produced, by the deveIopment and vaIidation of a harmonized Euro- pean curricuIum based on the principIes of The European Credit System for VocationaI Education and Training (ECVET) in the area of design and manufacture of Smart Support Furniture (furniture for the care and support of both eIderIy and disabIed peopIe) that integrates e-Iearning and face-to-face Iearning to the benefit of experts working in the furniture sector or pre
The main objective of VETAAL is to address the challenges of the vocational skill mismatch that the new demand for an AAL-integrated Habitat has produced. This is being carried out through the development and validation of a harmonised European curriculum that abides by the principles of The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) This curriculum is in the design and manufacture of Smart Support Furniture (furniture for the care and support of both elderly and disabled people).
This project, led by CETEM and funded by the European Commission within the Leonardo program, aims to develop a training plan to design and manufacture special furniture for the elderly and disabled. The initiative has a total budget of almost 450,000€ and is expected to develop in the next two years with the participation of 14 researchers from research centers and universities in Spain, Slovenia, Poland, Italy, Austria and the UK.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ilse Krypsin-Exner took part in a panel discussion at the AAL AUSTRIA Summit hosted by the “AAL AUSTRIA – platform for innovations in the field of intelligent assistance in everyday life”. At this event, she introduced VETAAL to the discussants and the audience. In addition Mag. Anna-Katharina Heinzle presented the VETAAL project through a poster at the Summit.
This year’s Summit shed light on existing products, developments and research results as well as giving an outlook on the next necessary steps and visions which directions AAL could take.
This project, funded by the European Commission within the Leonardo program, aims to develop a training plan to design and manufacture special furniture for the elderly and disabled. The initiative has a total budget of almost 450,000€ and is expected to develop in the next two years with the participation of 14 researchers from research centers and universities in Spain, Slovenia, Poland, Italy, Austria and the UK.
The 8th European Region Congress of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) took place in Dublin, Ireland. Justyna Zgud, colleague of the VETAAL team at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Vienna, successfully presented the VETAAL project at the Congress.
Last May 13rd was held in Ljubljana (Slovenia) the second meeting of the European project VETAAL, in which 14 researchers from research centers and universities from Spain, Slovenia, Poland, Italy, Austria and the UK involved, including Spanish Confederation of Business Timber (CONFEMADERA HABITAT), with the aim of developing a training plan in design and manufacture of special furniture for the care of elderly and disabled, adapting professional qualifications to the requirements of AAL further to harmonize the curriculum of the industry professionals at European level.
The second consortium meeting of VETAAL has taken place in The Wood Processing and Furniture Association, part of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIS-WPFA) in Ljubljana (Slovenia) the 13th of May. During the meeting the partners: INFO, NIVET and OIGPM presented the National Qualification Profiles of "Smart Furniture Manufacturer" for designers, blue-collar workers and managers, as an output of the first work package. Furthermore, the future lines for the training path definition were also established.
Researchers and experts from a range of centres and universities from across Europe gathered in Yecla, Spain in November 2013 to launch a project seeking to secure skills for workers in the furniture manufacturing sector adapting to the needs of the 21st century. The VETAAL project is not only addressing this skills gap but also seeking to enhance the independence of a community that needs assistance in daily life.
CETEM, the science and technology research organisation for wood and furniture based in Yecla, Murcia, Spain has been appointed as the coordinating body for the European Commission project named 'VETAAL'. The project goal is the development of a training path for European Furniture Experts in Designing and Manufacturing of AAL. This training path will allow in the future to the Furniture Manufacturers to integrate AAL in their products making easier the daily life of Elderly and Disabled people.