ADTech project objectives

The AdTech project will create a European Harmonized Training to support the industries that depend on the availability of these professionals to better leverage the technology.
Adhesive usage is growing rapidly in Europe, as it represents a strong competitive advantage for companies and industries able to muster the knowledge, competencies and techniques needed to better leverage it, at a juncture where there is a growing need for EU businesses to become more competitive through talent and innovation.

The objective of the AdTech project is to contribute to a wider adoption of this technology by delivering a European qualification standard for professionals that use this technology encompassing, in its inception, the three professional profiles - European Adhesive Bonder (EAB), Specialist (EAS) and Engineer (EAE) – that represent the foundation of the harmonized qualification system developed by EWF since its beginning in 1992.
Adhesive bonding and sealant technologies have a large worldwide diffusion in many industrial sectors, such as the ones of aerospace, automotive, shipping and railway. The increasing popularity of this technology is related to the great benefits associated with its usage, compared to welding or mechanical fastening process: lower heat input, prevention of contact corrosion and, what is more important, the possibility to join very thin sheets and dissimilar materials (i.e metals to polymer).

The objectives will be achieved through the definition of a harmonized curriculum for the training of personnel involved in the adhesive bonding in the industry. For this purpose, at the start of the project, a study will be carried out in order to understand the specific requirements in terms of qualifications in different countries and in different industries, where welding plays an important role. This will allow the development of an harmonized European training curriculum.

The project will, in its entirety, support the creation of training materials in 5 languages, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Slovenian and German and the review of three professional profiles. Its objectives, taking into account the needs outlined above, are the following:

  • To improve the quality of qualification programmes related to adhesive bonding, with regard to contents (high-need orientation), methods and in terms of transparency and recognition between the European countries (using common EU tools);
  • To reach an harmonized standard of qualification in adhesive bonding technology sector, aligned with the requirements of the industry, to promote mobility of specialists in Europe;
  • To create and improve a qualification programme for the involved personnel and enhance the integration and exploitation of these offers also to countries with lower engagement and access to these offers;
  • To promote language learning and linguistic diversity through the provision of a multinational glossary and a multi-national pilot training;
  • To increase transparency of competences and qualifications for the adhesive bonding and sealants sector. The European tool to be developed promotes transparency and mutual trust between VET systems;
  • To develop a module which considers the labor market needs by the involvement of different stakeholders (companies, European associations, VET organizations), by going in line with the training requirements, while identifying a competence profile, in order to make the VET more responsive to new challenges and needs in the sector;
  • To foster the promotion of new learning opportunities, in an easily accessible and career-oriented VET profile.

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