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Brief extract from project

‘There is a worldwide concern about ecological production methods. Documentary evidence confirms that a lot of techniques and products commonly used today are causing health damage to large sectors of the population over an extended period.’
‘In our project, we intend to address these problems by providing design and product development, introducing new technological developments in vocational training. This means to work with partners to design, research and produce components and products, in order to develop and demonstrate benefits of environment-friendly technologies.’

‘The originality of the proposal is based on the following:
· Each partner will contribute according to their special skills and know-how, which will provide a new way of teaching and training on a transnational level.
· New ecological and technological developments in wood and colour industries.
· New teaching methods with integration of interactive ICT.
· Promote a common European curriculum certified and validated through ‘Europass’.
· Integration of a wide range of transferable skills into programmes. Already existing work and information will be incorporated into the project due to the fact that all partners have considerable experience in key elements of the project, such as: Wood and colour technologies, ecological development, design, CAD-CAM systems and European multilateral projects.’

‘The mobility measure will be used as an intermediate test and evaluation tool within the partnership. All materials produced will be tested on well-defined and selected groups of students and trainees. This urges the partners to plan a wider mobility aspect that is interdependent to the overall pilot project.
A common curriculum on such new and innovative issues must be tested for quality during the project period.’

‘Training modules will be produced for new wood bending technologies and new colour and surface treatments, in furniture making, interior decoration and wood construction components.’

· The primary target groups are young students/trainees having finished or finishing initial vocational training, lifelong learners, trainers and trainees from SME’s and appropriate industry.
· The main sectors are closely related to the wood industry, furniture making, interior decoration and surface treatment by using colours and dyes.
· A European network will be created between the partners, making educational organising bodies and industrial partners continuously involved.

‘The final results of this project will be diverse. The most important, however, are the transnational training modules evolved from the research and development of prototypes, methods and finishes by all partners involved.
Project results will be key to the future establishment of a European Centre for Innovative Timber and Colour Technology and Transnational Training.’

Planned work to be implemented before next Transnational Steering Group meeting.

· Web site on-line to all four partners. Password and ID will enable access for communication, development of ideas, progress updates. Nothing to be published until after June Transnational meeting.
· Initial contact with Europass Unit, education authorities and examination bodies.
· Research into appropriate 3D modelling and colour related software to evaluate and standardise user-friendly / CAD-CAM compatible / industry accepted software for project.
· Establish first stage priority areas of design development in conjunction with partners.
· Cement links with existing industrial partners and bring on board other interested companies.
· Prototype exploration with selected students.