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New EUROTECNET projects

The Commission has selected 90 new projects renewing the network of projects forming EUROTECNET, the action programme to promote innovation in the field of vocational training in response to technological change in the European Union (1990-1994). The EUROTECNET programme is n...

The Commission has selected 90 new projects renewing the network of projects forming EUROTECNET, the action programme to promote innovation in the field of vocational training in response to technological change in the European Union (1990-1994). The EUROTECNET programme is now implemented by a network of 284 transnational, innovative projects associating basic and continuing vocational training organizations, research centres, enterprise and social partners. It supports the exchange of experience and the dissemination of material, methodologies and know-how in the field of new technologies in vocational training. Projects within the network are financed by the Member States. In some cases, further support is received from the European Social Funds (EUROFORM) or from the development of synergies with other EU training programmes such as FORCE, PETRA, COMETT and research programmes such as DELTA (Flexible and Distance Learning, Area 4 of the specific programme of RTD in the field of telematic systems in areas of general interest). Community financial support is targeted to facilitate contacts between the different partners, support the transnational aspects of the programme, and aid in the dissemination of results, particularly via the organization of conferences, seminars, studies, etc. The 90 new projects have been introduced to replace 83 earlier projects, on the basis of experience gained in the first years of the programme, with a view to focusing innovation in four areas. These are: - Innovative analysis of the skills to be provided by vocational training with particular emphasis on key qualities (such as flexibility, spirit of initiative, communication abilities, problem solving, adaptability); - Transfer of innovative methodologies in the planning and implementation of vocational training in the framework of human resource development; - Providing vocational training for the needs of enterprise; - Innovative vocational training methodologies and approaches. Emphasis is laid on the transnational nature of the projects (each must include partners in at least two Member States) and on the involvement of enterprise and the social partners. EUROTECNET also contributes to the dissemination of knowledge and experience via the publication of scientific texts such as "Developing People's Ability to Learn", "Guidelines for SMEs on Computer Integrated Manufacturing" and "L'Organisation Qualifiante". On completion of the programme, at the end of 1994, the results and knowledge gained during the implementation stage will be made available to the vocational training systems in the Member States.

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