The European VET schools play an important role when it comes to shaping the future work force within a wide range of sectors, for instance Transportation and logistics.
Many of the schools work at a sporadical level with sustainability, but do not have an explicit sustainability agenda or vision at strategic level. This we believe is not out of unwillingness or uninterest since the VET schools and educations consist of highly innovative professionals dedicated to finding practical and smart solutions to everyday problems that have great impact on all of us, and add value to the sectors as such. Nevertheless we see a great potential to embrace the explicit agenda of UN Goals for 2030 as a common strategic aim and clue of how to communicate about and set forth concrete ambitions to work innovatively and systematically to improve practices and processes within the VET schools – and in close collaboration with surrounding stakeholders. Besides from adding value in the sense of seeking new solutions through partnerships inside and outside the VET field, we believe that a heigthened focus on UN Goals 2030 will indirectly attract more young people to seeking skills from within thte VET sector.
The 5 partner schools and associated partners behind Click on Climate will be involved at 3 organisational levels into the innovative design proces leading to heightened awareness and competences to act for change: A: Management level, B: teaching level and C: stakeholder level. For each of the activities involved we will be inspired by methodologies from within: Change theory, Didactics of Innovation and entrepreneurship, (like eg. CIE, Design Thinking etc), ICT, Qualitative research methods.
First we do a «Mapping of practices» (IO1) and produce an analysis of «Sustainability matureness» of the stakeholders and industries that work together with the 5 different partner schools.The result is a baseline report which includes also concrete challenges and cases to be incorporated directly into the teaching of students. Together the partner schools will analyse the implications of the data collection to their specific school. From the mapping of stakeholder perspectives we move to the management level by developing a tool for implementing Climate goals into the specific strategies of each partner school, and start to implement i it locally at each school (IO2). them with an introduction to the UN Climate goals – both at a holistic level, but also at a more sector specific level. The 3 activity (IO3) is therefore dedicated to produce 2 courses for students and staff at VET in general and specifically at departements working with transportation and Logistics. When the two courses are developed and have been tested they will be used to kick off the Learning activity we call «Sustainabilty Camp» – At this camp all partner schools (students and trainers) meet and work together with real climate challenges that have been collected during the mapping of practice. At the camp the students will be working in cross-cultural groups to find the best solutions to the existing problems from the 5 different countries, and their trainers will be trained by their fellow trainers to go back to their own schools and make their own «sustainability events» – in the form of camps or other activities in relation with the online courses. The camps are created to give the students systematic innovation competencies and have proven to be succesfull when it comes to strenghening: Motivation, cross-sectorial skills and entrepreneurship (with a focus on social and economical sustainability)