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Building the Erasmus Bridge - Bishop to Bieberach
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Erasmus Bridge Project is designed to transfer knowledge and skills of German building construction techniques to the staff and students of Bishop Auckland College, in order that we can understand and commence delivery of these skills, which are used to create energy efficient buildings and which are currently emerging in use in the UK. Students and staff will work with KozMet Biberach, a specialist training college in southern Germany, who are renowned as a Centre of Excellence in Carpentry. KozMet train the German World Skills Competition Teams and last year, one of their students won the Gold Medal for Carpentry Skills in the World Skills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.They will learn about:1. passive haus technologies 2. air tightness skills3. alternative timber construction methods4. use of specialist tools and carpentry techniques5. energetic refurbishments6. greater use of renewable energies within building constructionStaff that undertake the staff mobility project element will gain a clear understanding of the following construction techniques, from both a skills development and a teaching approach and will also understand their use and purpose within the overall construction of buildings. They will use that learning to adapt the curriculum content that they teach in England, so that it incorporates the skills learned and will also work with local construction companies in order to provide up skilling to their workers.Students will learn as practitioners - practicing new carpentry skills and undertaking work place experiences to understand the whole industry, including the manufacture of construction materials that are used in passive haus construction.As students learn, their skills will be tested through the creation of components - the sum of which come together at the end of the project to create the Erasmus Bridge - a wooden bridge that students construct from the components they have made and which demonstrates their skills learned.Two groups of 15 students, aged 16 to 21, will experience the Erasmus Bridge project and they will include full time, part time and Apprentice learners from Bishop Auckland College in County Durham, England. Three staff members from the College Construction team will also undertake the project, to learn the skills alongside students, undertake team teaching and carry out a detailed review of curriculum materials, tools, machinery and resources that will be required in order to transfer the skills training to Bishop Auckland College.The project will enable Bishop Auckland College to invest in delivering these skills in order to meet the needs arising from their emerging use in the UK, as businesses and residents demand more energy passive buildings as homes and business premises.

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