The new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth, and Sport - Erasmus plus
Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. It runs for seven years, from 2014 to 2020, with organisations invited to apply for funding each year to undertake creative and worthwhile activities.
Erasmus+ programme replace previous EU programmes:
  • Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius a Grundtvig)
  • Youth in Action
  • Transnational cooperation programs: Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and bilateral programmes and sport as new activity include this programme..

The Erasmus+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work. The seven year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion; a 40% increase compared to current spending levels, reflecting the EU's commitment to investing in these areas. Erasmus+ will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. Erasmus+ will support transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe. It will also support national efforts to modernise Education, Training, and Youth systems. In the field of Sport, there will be support for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism. Erasmus+ brings together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of Education, Training, and Youth; it will for the first time provide support for Sport. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across the Education, Training, Youth, and Sport sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules.

Why is the project necessary?
The current situation of increasing European and global competition and the resulting downward pressure on prices and forcing at Slovak companies use modern automated and robotic manufacturing systems. Slovakia is characteristic of car production, and it is entirely based on highly automated and robotized production and assembly systems. For the work of many car manufacturers in Slovakia are considerably a lot of suppliers that their operations in terms of quality assurance, flexibility and efficiency are built based on the use of robots. Furthermore, robotics is rapidly penetrating in other industries. In Slovakia, there are several companies designing and implementation of robotised workstation (MANEX, ZTS VVU, MIA Vráble, Sučany, Vukov Extra Prešov, Liptovský Mikuláš etc. and still is increasing them). These businesses can be a success based solely on well-trained graduates from secondary vocational schools for functions: operator of robotic workstations, programmer, diagnostic maintenance, mechatronics and computer science. However, businesses face the problem of lack of knowledge of this graduates of secondary vocational schools operate these robotic systems because they have almost no knowledge of deployment, programming, management and operation of this robotic equipment. After performing deeper analysis it showed that the missing information in the field of robotics leavers are mainly due to insufficient teaching of robotics while studying in their high school. Many secondary schools are not adequately equipped and cannot therefore provide students with adequate training in this area. Similarly, teachers in secondary vocational schools do not have adequate and timely information in the field of robotics.

Aims of Project
Project is focused on educating of teachers of secondary and vocational schools in the field of robotics. The topic of robotics was chosen as it is widely used in automotive industry in its cutting edge form and automotive industry is the one most developing and growing industry in the Slovak republic and in Europe as well. However, the businesses suffer a great lack of professional operators of these robotized assembly lines and technologies. The lack is significant at the fresh graduates who graduated vocational and secondary schools. The main lack of skills considers inability to operate, program, control, and handling robotized systems. After the state of the art analysis evaluation there were certain conclusions gained, showing lack of information from the field of robotics among graduates. The lack is caused by low level of education at vocational schools. Low level of education in the field of robotics is caused by poor material and technical facilities at secondary schools as well as by poor level of theoretical and practical experiences of teaching staff. Therefore the staffs are not able to pass on important and satisfactory level of education in the field of robotics. Due to above mentioned information the project is focused on teaching staff and it is aimed to create an educational system based on ICT platform. Up to date information from the field of industrial and service robotics will be processed and available to the learners in this platform in the form of e-learning lessons. The second part of educational system will consist of virtual laboratory containing 3D virtual models of robotized and automated devices which can be used in the virtual laboratory. On top of that the project will provide teaching staff of secondary vocational schools (the target group) with review of robotic competitions containing conditions and rules for submission. As these robotic competitions are widely spread and popular with business and educational providers in many countries we want Slovak republic to take part in these activities in greater scale for the purpose of increasing its positive image among other EU countries. There will be seven project partners from three different countries: The Slovak republic, Germany and Poland. Project partners represent and unify wide range of professionals in the field of robotics, production, such as education and a partner of cluster type. The project aims to have an impact and benefits on three areas: the target group - teaching staff of secondary vocational schools, production businesses and students of vocational schools. The target group - teachers - will benefit in terms of gaining the latest information and knowledge from the field of industrial and service robotics, which is now highly popular and attractive giving them the benefit of professionalism. This will give them the chance to be promoted or find a good position at labour market. In the long term point of view the businesses will benefit from having educated graduates of vocational secondary schools. The graduates of secondary schools will possess a high quality education level in the field of programming, operation and handling robotic devices which will give them perfect opportunity to get a job in one of the production businesses which provide high number of vacancies and working positions in the field of automotive production using robotic devices.

The aims of the project are specified as follows:
  • Innovation in the content,
  • Innovation in modern approach to education, ICT, e-learning, virtual models,
  • Innovative for dual education.
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Target groups
  • Teachers of secondary vocational schools,
  • Students of secondary vocational schools,
  • Manufacturing companies.

Kick-off Meeting,
KOŠICE, 11. November 2015

M2 Meeting,
KAZIMIERZ DOLNY, 20. Maj 2016

Dissemination Seminar,
BARDEJOV, 06. October 2016

M3 Meeting,
BUCURESTI, 02. February 2017
Technical University of Kosice
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Robotics

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