The DAMAS (Digital Apprentices Mobility in the Automotive Sector) project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ program (KA2) was launched through an online kick-off meeting on 29 and 30 March 2021. The meeting was hosted by Vuxenutbildningen Borås (Adult education Borås), project coordinator. This innovative project will have a duration of two years, and will be developed by 6 partners from 5 countries: Adult education Borås (Sweden), Training 2000 (Italy), EARLALL (Belgium), GO! Education of the Flemish Community (Belgium), Education Department of the Government of Catalonia (Spain) and Bildung und Berufliche Qualifizierung (BBQ, Germany).
The aim of the DAMAS project is to test virtual training and mobility in the automotive sector. The project will support the development and use of digital applications for Vocational Education and Training (VET) teachers, boost the digital facilitation of learning processes and integrate supportive, innovative technologies along with digital applications including gamification and virtual reality. In this purpose, a digital platform that motivates different types of stakeholders in VET will be built.
The industry is currently under extreme pressure to innovate especially regarding e-mobility. One of the most pressing problems that VET is facing in this sense, also taking into account the COVID-19 context, relates to apprenticeships and Work-based Learning (WBL), especially abroad. A commonly asked question by VET providers at the moment is if future mobility will be physical, virtual or blended. Partners opted for the automotive sector as a pilot branch because it is an important industry in most of their regions, particularly in Baden-Württemberg and Catalonia.