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The European welding fabrication industry has a turnover of more than 1.6 billion Euros per year,1.900.000 employees, and offers (as in the Lisbon strategy) free movement of products, services,personnel, etc. Also, Harmonized European welding curriculum guidelines, some of them developedwith the support of the LdV co-financed EUROWELD, are currently enforced in 29 European countries.However, there is a lack of awareness about this system. Within national border of the participatingcountries which are already EWF members, more dissemination activities are needed. Also, theimplementation of this system in other European countries, like Greece and Lithuania, will allowextending this qualification/certification system to other welding communities.WELDSPREAD aims at supporting the implementation of a harmonised system for thequalification/examination and certification of the training objectives. Aware of the importance ofcurrent competence and constant upgrading of skills in the field of welding and manufacturingtechnologies, the aim of this project is to disseminate this professionalqualification/examination/certification system in 5 countries on which it is already implemented – RO,HU, CZ, SI and SK, and in two new countries – EL and LT.Partnership:The consortium has strong geographical representativeness, knowledge and expertise in training,qualification and certification at a sector-based level. The partnership has similar expertise butsignificant difference in industrial realities and needs: EWF (secretariat) will act as the umbrellaorganisation acting as project coordinator; ASR (RO), MhTE (HU), CWS-ANB (CZ), IvZ (SI) and VuZ(SK) will promote the system within national borders and support its promotion and implementation inthe new countries – Greece and Lithuania.Outcomes:i) Implementation of workshops to promote the system in CZ, RO, EL and LT;ii) Dissemination activities aiming at promoting the implementation of the system in seven Europeancountries - Seminars, conferences and exhibitions for transfer of knowledge to VET institutes andcompanies in Europe;iii) Assessment of training objectives taking into consideration cultural and languages differencesbetween the countries involved.Impact:EWF has made a great effort (recognised at a European level by the interested parties – Stakeholders,VET schools and industrial SMEs) in the quality and harmonisation of the training of weldingpersonnel. The implementation of this harmonised Qualification/Examination/Certification Sector-basedsystem at a wider level is fundamental to maintain quality and trust indicators of the training based onEWF guidelines
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