TEAM#UP’s main goal is to mobilize extensive knowledge and skills in the field of ecological restoration (ER)
to fill gaps in green Vocational Education and Training (VET).
For this, we have set up eight specific objectives, which will be addressed by seven Work Packages.
Develop ecological restoration curricula for VETs targeting pressing needs of future professionals across sectors to successfully implement European green strategies, engaging multiple actors from the public, private and non-profit sectors
Implement four specific curricula as OER in ecological restoration for VET
Use and advancement of demonstration sites to spur hands-on skills, responsibility and autonomy in VET on ecological restoration
Foster reciprocal exchange of needs, knowledge, skills, and competences between secondary and tertiary education providers, scientists and practitioners at regional and national level
Initiate international knowledge exchange and collaborative curricula development of students and teachers at nationally-oriented VET providers
Showing the added-value of ecological restoration as a business model and career opportunity
Communicate on education of ecological restoration in the context of VET and transfer to other countries
Sustainability and long-term impact of TEAM#UP on education in ER
To support the transfer of innovation to practitioners via VET schools, TEAM#UP will jointly establish four Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) in:
(1) Germany - multifunctional and sustainable land use in agricultural systems,
(2) Norway - restoration of old infrastructure, ecological compensation and landscaping,
(3) Czech Republic - restoration across urban and rural landscapes,
(4) Spain - forest restoration and disaster risk management.
TEAM#UP aims to shape a generation of professionals within VET, skilled to implement climate and environmentally smart solutions. Four VET curricula and educational resources on ER will be developed. The four CoVEs will pilot the educational resources to ensure adequacy in practice. TEAM#UP will accompany other VET schools in the partnering countries in implementing the upgraded curriculum in their regular teaching. Besides basic ER courses, student-led demonstration sites on ER will spur hands-on skills, responsibility and autonomy.
Teachers will learn to teach students to visualise demonstration sites with augmented/virtual reality approaches. An exchange between CoVEs will support the skill development of VET students, teachers, and sector partners.
Students will benefit from training in business development, e.g., by an Ideathon to identify realistic ER business models.
We will produce and share educational resources and visualised demonstration sites will be made available in a multilingual OER platform via a Digital Ecological Restoration Toolbox (DERTO). A series of webinars will promote DERTO for use in VET and further education in Europe and beyond.
Coordination and Monitoring, HSA
This work package will take care of the sustainability and long-term impact of TEAM#UP on education in ER and will support the fulfilment of all other objectives.
Cooperative module development, HSA
This work package will develop ecological restoration curricula for VETs to successfully implement European green strategies while engaging multiple actors from the public, private and non-profit sectors. It will also implement four specific curricula as OER in ecological restoration for VET.
Open Educational Resources Development, CIDA
This work package will support the use and advancement of demonstration sites to spur hands-on skills, responsibility and autonomy in VET on ER.
Pilot implementation and evaluation, NINA
This work package will Implement four specific curricula as OER in ecological restoration for VET.
Business models, funding and governance, UA
This work package will show the added value of ER as a business model and career opportunity.
National outreach and integration into further education, UA
This work package will foster the reciprocal exchange of needs, knowledge, skills, and competences between secondary and tertiary education providers, scientists and practitioners at regional and national levels.
Dissemination, impact, and European exchange, USB
This work package will communicate the education of ER in the context of VET and transfer to other countries, supporting exchange and sustainability.