Activities EKFI in slow motion due to COVID 19

The activities of the Stivako EKFI project have been slightly delayed by COVID19. Contact between the partners and the schools, among other things, has only been relatively established because in various countries the VET and HE are closed until after the summer period. Also, the EGIN conference, where the EKFI project would be extensively presented, is canceled. Contacts with EGIN-secretary show that no conference activities are being organized this year due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID19 in the various European countries.

What is EKFI

“Cultural & Creative Industries (CCI) are undergoing considerable change. They need support to enable them to create cross-border networks and platforms to help structure and strengthen the CCI”. A central quote in the Europe 2020 Strategy for growth and jobs of the EC (2017/18). It not only aims to respond to changing skills needs by promoting innovation in education the creation of new businesses, but also mapping the different value chains in the digital age (artistic crafts, publishing, film/TV, multimedia, etc).

Research reveals and describes the need for new/updated competences and skills in the CCI. These skills were found vital requirements, as stated in in the reports: The future on the European Print Industries – In our own hands (Intergraf/UNI Europa 2010); Future skills in the Graphical Industry(2016); Report of the running CIGN project: Identification of skills gaps in cross-media design and production in the creative industries at EU-level; Project Thrive! Report (2018).‚Äč

The above justify to investigate innovative approaches for scanning needs for competences (knowledge, skills, attitudes) and matching them with suitable (existing) learning and research material to stimulate innovation. The objective is to create an Exchange platform, to facilitate innovative learning/research material, to map the competence (user) needs and match these with existing learning/research module(s) on the web based platform.

The Exchange platform can be applied for the project target groups: VET and HEs, SMEs, sector organizations, others in the CCI. It will operate as a set of ICT-applications (IO’s): a database of existing learning/research material (from various sources) will be created by uploading this material to an platform(O1). The uploading will be supported by the Intake application(O2) where the learning/research material will be described and meet educational standards/formats in order to pass the entrance requirements. The Search robot(O4) makes it possible for the user to map the competence needs and match the needs with learning/research module(s). The download of the material uses the Barter system purchase application(O3). It is a system of exchange where goods are directly exchanged for other goods without using money, as a medium of exchange.

More information

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