LCAMP – Learner-Centric Advanced Manufacturing Platform – partners met in Kocaeli, Türkiye, for the third transnational partners’ meeting from June 14-16 2023.
The LCAMP project aims to support a wide ecosystem of VET providers, SMEs, industrial clusters and (applied) research centres in their ability to train, upskill, and reskill young and adult students to successfully face the digital and green transitions in Advanced Manufacturing. The LCAMP project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union, with a grant of 4 million Euros from June 2022-May 2026. It is led by TKNIKA the Basque Vocational Education and Training (VET), in consortium with twenty partners.
The two-day meeting was hosted by the Kocaeli Provincial Directorate of National Education, in coordination with LCAMP partners Gebkim Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School and GEBKİM OIZ. It was kicked off with a welcome from Mr. Ömer AKMANŞEN from the Kocaeli Provincial Directorate of National Education.
“The LCAMP project is a significant initiative. It aims to enhance collaboration, education and industry relations. Kocaeli is one of Turkey’s industry centres. They have a role in technological achievements and steps in education and VET skills. This experience helps us to exchange on experiences and help us move forward in this industry.”
Mr. Ömer AKMANŞEN from the Kocaeli Provincial Directorate of National Education.
The morning began with a state of play of one of the major planned outcomes of the LCAMP project: the LCAMP Alliance. Iñigo Araiztegui Arraiz (TKNIKA), co-lead of the Alliance Work Package, along with Noelia Cantero (EARLALL), highlighted the importance of the Alliance in encouraging partners to think internationally but work at the local level. The Alliance aims to have 200 members by the end of the project, working under the principles of a systemic approach to VET, AM, Industry and Education. You can read the first strategic plan of the Alliance here.
The afternoon of the first day outlined each Work Package’s progress, including how LCAMP partners define an Open Innovation Community as “a group of people who share a passion for technological innovation, in line with the LCAMP collaborative learning factory model and the ADMA model, and we aim to learn how to do it better as we interact regularly.” The Community will become a space and membership subset of the Alliance that seeks to provide intellectual resources for exchange and innovation in Advanced Manufacturing. Moreover, partners brainstormed and developed upon the innovative factor of the second important result of the LCAMP project: the Platform for SMEs, VET and other providers and students in Advanced Manufacturing.
On 15 June, the partner discussed the upcoming schedule across the project for the next year. Major milestones will include the legal statutes of the Alliance, the development of yearly conferences and further involvement of the external stakeholders and partners who have been interested in the project. The afternoon ended with a presentation by Miguel Altuna (Basque Country) on the WP6 ) Collaborative Learning Factory (CLF) – that they lead. The team demonstrated with a robot that has been built using the CLF methodology, as an example of how the CLF will be integrated into LCAMP’s final service offer.
Overall, the two days were an excellent opportunity for LCAMP partners to strengthen their connections across the international consortium and served as a key milestone one year into the project to take stock of the progress and to plan the next three years of the project.