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GreenTecLab  – Empowerment for ‘green’ start-ups to foster climate protection and sustainability

  • Project duration: 11/2020 – 02/2023

  • Lead Partner: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

  • Funding code: 17.9045.0-002.84

  • Main topic: Green entrepreneurship in structurally weak regions

  • You can find the project website here.

  • Project partners: PEDAL Consulting (Slovakia), AHK, German-Greek Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Greece), City Council of Cadiz (Spain) & Asociación de Investigación y Cooperación Industrial de Andalucía (AICIA; Spain)

The participating start-ups embark on a start-up journey as part of the GTL project. Starting with GTL boot camps and extensive entrepreneurship training through to presenting their business idea at international pitching events. In addition, the GTL start-ups are supported by an individual mentoring programme.

The project is establishing both local laboratories (labs) and a virtual European network to support green start-ups in structurally weak regions of Europe. In the project, counselling and training measures are developed transculturally and on the basis of international examples of best practice. Climate protection and sustainability are to be improved through new technical solutions in order to promote the transition to low-emission economies. Another aspect is the development of new, local labour markets in order to use green potential to combat youth unemployment. The current Covid-19 crisis emphasises the need to develop new solutions in this area in particular.

Based on a virtual platform (www.greenteclab.org), support structures are being set up in local labs in four regions of Europe (Andalusia, Crete, Attica, northern Slovakia) that are particularly affected by youth unemployment in order to promote potential founders locally. A mobile hub offers the opportunity to include other regions in all three countries. The start-ups and projects are networked here with each other and with experts and sponsors.

Due to the current political situation, the remaining project period will focus on the energy sector. The project hopes to be extended in order to develop the potential of start-ups for this focus.

GRÆDUCATION – Research, development and testing of educational services to improve the training of environmental engineering professions in Greece

GRÆDUCATION – Research, development and testing of educational services to improve the training of environmental professions in Greece. The GRÆDUCATION project was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (duration 06.2017 – 02.2023). In GRÆDUCATION, FIAP has laid the foundation for greening processes in German-Greek vocational training cooperation in cooperation with the Education Centre of the Münster Chamber of Crafts (HBZ), Wissenschaftspark GmbH and the German-Greek Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DGIHK) in Athens. Innovation impulses were provided for both the Greek and German VET systems and many spin-off activities were initiated throughout Greece. The Future4VET project follows on directly from GRÆDUCATION.

You can take a look at the project website here: https://graeducation.org/

Enter To Transform – Transformational Entrepreneurship Hubs for Recognized Refugee Re-Starters

  • Project duration: 04/2020 – 04/2023

  • Lead partner: Interreg North-West Europe, European Regional Development Fund

  • Funding code: NWE 1096

  • Main topic: Migrant entrepreneurship

  • Project partners: Universiteit Twente (Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences, Netherlands); Newest Art Organisation, Netherlands; GROUPE SOS Pulse, France; Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland; IAT, Institut Arbeit und Technik; Westfälische Hochschule, Gelsenkirchen & Train of Hope Dortmund e. V

In order to sustain and strengthen growth and innovation in North-West Europe (NWE), business start-ups by Recognised Refugees (RR) have great potential and offer RR a perspective that enables them to exist and participate socially in European societies. The project contributes to increasing the number of business start-ups by refugees in NWE by improving the entrepreneurial skills of refugees and the capacities of institutions that support refugees. The target group is the 67% of the 271,630 RR in the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland and France (Eurostat, 2017) who have an entrepreneurial background and sufficient experience for a new start.

The project develops social innovations to prepare RRs who want to become self-employed to start a business. RRs with business experience in their home country have great potential for a new start, but need specialised support to find their way in the NWE economy. The project creates a supportive environment of hubs that act as “door openers” for RR start-ups through mentoring, so that they can become part of the existing entrepreneurial infrastructure. Through the networks that are created, the project avoids parallel structures. RRs receive the tools they need to get started in an environment that is new to them.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, the project has given rise to the NRW Business Dialogue Initiative together with local network partners, which is an important building block for the sustainability of the project.

FIAP is endeavouring to implement the approaches and concepts developed in other European countries where refugees are looking for new prospects.

AGEKO – Integrated training concept for self-determined, innovative and preventive work organisation skills in nursing care

The AGEKO project developed an integrated training concept for self-determined, innovative and preventative work organisation skills in the care sector. The aim was to provide employees in geriatric care – managers and care staff – with a toolbox of analogue and digital instruments. This was intended to help them master the challenges of the future within the company and offered each individual the opportunity to develop their work skills in a potential-oriented manner. In total, more than 50 different workshops were held with over 800 participants from around 20 geriatric care facilities (primarily SMEs).

HYBRICO – Hybrid coaching for informal carers

The aim of the HYBRICO project was to develop and test an innovative training programme to support self-learning and self-management for informal carers. For example, a digital learning platform for family carers, a course offering for coaches and various learning and information materials were developed.

Agile care: empowerment for an industry on the move

  • Project duration: 04/2019 – 03/2022

  • Funded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Social Partner Directive “Securing skilled workers: further training and promoting equality”

  • Funding code: E023-NW-505

  • Project partners: maxQ. im bfw, DGB vocational training centre

The increasing shortage of skilled workers in geriatric care requires employers to take systematic approaches to the internal development of skilled workers and competences, particularly at the levels of nursing assistants and care staff, nursing specialists and middle management. Together with the maxQ. specialised seminar for geriatric care in Castrop-Rauxel, the project pursued the goal of implementing company structures to strengthen nursing staff for sustainable employee development and retention in geriatric care. Particular attention was paid to work-life competence and life-phase-orientated qualification formats for the predominantly female workforce. This project was also intended to contribute to securing and developing skilled labour in the care sector. In total, over 50 different workshops were held with over 500 participants from around 10 geriatric care facilities (primarily SMEs).

SELMA – Selectivity and ambiguity in labour cultures: resource- and potential-oriented design of the working world for refugees in the elderly care, IT and construction sectors

The SELMA project was a transdisciplinary research project for potential-orientated integration strategies for refugees in the world of work. The SELMA project aimed to analyse the training and workplace integration of refugees in the fields of elderly care, IT and construction. Based on the analyses, the project worked together with practice partners to develop action strategies and recommendations for the potential- and resource-oriented design of company work cultures.

Youth Impact

  • Project duration: 01/2019 – 04/2022

  • Funded by EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment

  • You can find the project website here.

  • Project partners: Channel Crossings (Czech Republic), Foundation in Support of Local Democracy (Poland), PEDAL Consulting (Slovakia)

Youth Impact was an international project that focused on capacity building of organisations dedicated to supporting youth employment and entrepreneurship in the field of impact assessment.

The aim of the project was to develop strategic tools and methodologies, provide training and build a transnational network of experts in the field of impact assessment. Participation was free of charge thanks to the support of grants from the EEA and Norway.

CoWin – Development and testing of a ‘virtual reality’ supported coworking model for commuters

  • Project duration: 01/2018 – 10/2021

  • Funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitisation and Energy of the State of NRW as part of the “Umbau 21 – Smart Region” funding programme: Initiative for digitisation in the Emscher-Lippe region by the State of NRW

  • Funding code: Aktenzeichen 34.02.01.05-014

  • Main topic: New Work

  • You can find the project website here.

  • Project partners: Science Park Gelsenkirchen GmbH & Designhaus Marl

The aim of the CoWin research project was to investigate and test a VR-supported coworking concept for commuters as part of a field experiment or real-life laboratory. The research concept was based on the testing of various models for the further development of virtual work within the coworking model based on scientific findings. The concept was systematically designed, validated and implemented together with companies and commuters as part of the project.

The model was trialled at the Gelsenkirchen Science Park and the Designhaus Marl. The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on the pilot testing, but the results are important for the further development of coworking services.

ChinaCare: Cooperative training of geriatric nurses in China

  • Project duration: 06/2013 – 05/2016

  • Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the European Social Fund and the European Union (European Social Fund and, as part of the funding priority “Vocational training export by German providers”, supervised by the project management organisation at the German Aerospace Centre, “Vocational training export”

  • Funding code: 01BEX04A13

  • Main topic: International vocational training

  • Project partners: Gaus GmbH, media, education, political consulting; MA&T, people, work, technology; KBS – The Academy for Health Professions

Due to a drastic social ageing process, which has been intensified by a higher life expectancy, but also by developments in Chinese society, the systematic and comprehensive training of geriatric nurses in China is becoming a field of action with dramatically growing importance.
The project aims to export a newly developed training service in geriatric care to China. With the support of internationally and professionally experienced scientists and organisational consultants, a German-Chinese educational cooperation between the Fushun Medical School and the KBS Mönchengladbach is being set up in the project, within the framework of which a modularised advanced qualification for outpatient and inpatient geriatric care is being developed and tested in a 12-month pilot phase with Chinese nurses and nursing instructors from the Fushun Medical School. The advanced qualification will also include modules for trainer training, which will enable integral further qualification as a geriatric nursing trainer (“train-the-trainer”). The aim is to develop a transferable business model for the export of training in geriatric care and to institutionalise the German-Chinese training partnership on a permanent basis. The business model and the training partnership model are to be multiplied in Germany and China after the end of the project.

The systematisation of the advanced qualification, adjusted to Chinese conditions, is intended to create training structures and established professions with a professional culture that modernise Chinese elderly care and are accepted and valued by Chinese society.

FIAP is responsible for coordinating the project, evaluating the mobilisation process and developing the scientific basis for implementation and processing.

Climate Competence IRAN (CC Iran)

  • Project duration: 08/2017 – 12/2020

  • Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

  • Funding code: 01BE17009C

  • Main topic: International vocational training

  • Publications: Große, R., Klatt, R., Steinberg, S., (2020). Added Value Dienstleistungsforschung: Reflexion eines systemischen Ansatzes in der Entwicklung von internationalen Bildungsdienstleistungen in: In: Berufsbildung International, Die Rolle der Forschung in internationalen Berufsbildungsprojekten, DLR Projektträger. Bonn

  • Project partners: GBB, Gesellschaft für Bildung und Beruf e. V. & IKKE, Informationszentrum für Kälte-, Klima- und Energietechnik gGmbH

Qualification programmes were developed together with Iranian partners from companies, associations and training institutions. The aim was to improve the initial and further training of workers in refrigeration and air conditioning technology by combining the latest scientific and technical knowledge and didactic expertise in the field of refrigeration and air conditioning technology from Germany and Iran. The qualifications were developed and didactically prepared for the Iranian market in this project with Iranian partners. The aim was to closely interlink theory and practice.

The cultural differences and the special features of the different education systems were taken into account. The aim was to support and strengthen vocational education and training in Iran. The certification of the modules according to international standards was a declared goal within the project.

YESclima – Young experts for climate-friendly schools in the Mediterranean countries

  • Project duration: 09/2018 – 12/2020

  • Funded by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

  • Main topic: Green Economy

  • Project partners: Universidad de Cadiz, Spain & Secretariat for Future Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin in the areas of Employability and Entrepreneurship

The aim of the YESclima project was to train young energy experts in carrying out energy audits in primary schools and to advise the local authorities involved in the project. By providing further training and practical experience, the project aimed to improve the labour market opportunities of the young experts and at the same time contribute to reducing emissions from heating and air conditioning systems in public buildings. YESclima is aimed at young Spanish and Greek experts.

Crowd-In
Sustainable mobility in urban areas through crowd intelligence

Establishment of a European R&D partner structure for the development of participatory innovation structures for sustainable mobility in local areas

  • Project duration: 09/2018 – 12/2020

  • Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

  • Funding code: 01DS17014

  • Main topic: Green Economy

  • Publications: Praeview (2015). Partizipative Dienstleistungsentwicklung für Elektromobilität. Dortmund. Heft 4/2015.

  • Project partners: Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy gGmbH; University of Burgundy; EDUcentrum, z.ú; Shtastlivetsa Sofia Civic Association

Changing mobility behaviour in urban areas in the interests of sustainable development requires the motivation of organisations and individuals, but also innovative services. This is precisely where this R&D project came in. For the FIAP, the aspects of user motivation and the development of possible service scenarios should already play an important role in the preparation phase.

TECSOL – German-Brazilian co-operation for the development of new vocational qualification structures in the field of welding in Brazil

  • Project duration: 01/2017 – 12/2021

  • Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

  • Funding c0de: 01BE17006C

  • Main topic: International vocational training

  • Publications: Große, R., Klatt, R., Steinberg, S., (2020). Added Value Dienstleistungsforschung: Reflexion eines systemischen Ansatzes in der Entwicklung von internationalen Bildungsdienstleistungen in: In: Berufsbildung International, Die Rolle der Forschung in internationalen Berufsbildungsprojekten, DLR Projektträger. Bonn

  • You can find the project website here.

  • Project partners: DVS, SLV Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; GBB, Gesellschaft für Bildung und Beruf e. V. & AHK, German-Brazilian Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Companies are dependent on well-trained specialists who are familiar with international standards in production processes. The aim of the project was to offer international certificates for various levels of training in the field of welding in Brazil in collaboration with German and Brazilian partners. The certifications were based on the guidelines of the International Institute of Welding (IIW) and the German Association for Welding and Allied Processes (DVS).

Coworking.NRW: Research into the potential and risks of coworking models for commuters, intermittent workers and people with family responsibilities

  • Project duration: 12/2016 – 05/2018

  • Funded by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Project Management Organisation Jülich

  • Funding code: 1605fg013

  • Main topic: New Work

  • Project partner: FGW, Research Institute for Social Development

The coworking model as a new form of work in the digital economy offers numerous social opportunities, but also risks. The coworking models currently available are primarily aimed at the target group of self-employed and creative professionals. The aim of the project was to investigate the potentials and risks of coworking models for the occupational groups of commuters, intermittent workers and people with family responsibilities that have not yet been analysed.

        

Customer innovation lab for electromobility (KIE-Lab)

  • Project duration: 12/2013 – 03/2015

  • Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

  • Funding code: FKZ 01FE13050

  • Project partners: Dortmunder Energie- und Wasser GmbH (DEW2); City of Dortmund Electromobility Round Table; City of Gelsenkirchen; EnergyAgency.NRW & Competence Centre for Electromobility, Infrastructure and Networks at TU Dortmund University

Development of electromobile bridge services

Clarifying benefits by involving the customer

A mature technological innovation alone does not automatically lead to the success of electromobility. Customers must be closely involved in the regional electromobility service chain at an early stage. They must be given the opportunity to be involved in processes and to define and design services. The benefit for the customer becomes an important link between the provider and the market. Comprehensive involvement of customers and potential users helps to specify the requirements for electromobility and to clarify the benefits of electromobility.

Establishment of a customer laboratory

The joint project has set up an electromobility customer laboratory (KIE-Lab) for this purpose. In it, customers and providers develop services together, jointly create new paths for electromobility and prepare them for implementation. The services generated in this way are intended to build a bridge for customers towards greater acceptance of electromobility as a whole (“bridging services”). These bridging services can, for example, consist of bringing the electric car to the user (availability) or making personal settings and equipping the vehicle with individual accessories (individualisation). It is important to provide services that offer electricity for electromobility from renewable sources.

GEZA – Healthy temporary work

  • Project duration: 08/2008 – 07/2011

  • Funded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, with technical support from the BAUA, Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

  • You can find the project website hier.

  • Project partner: Manpower GmbH & Co. KG Personnel Services

The central objective of the project was to establish a preventative, close-knit support network for Manpower’s temporary workers in close cooperation with AOK-Hessen and TZZ – TrainingsZentrumZeitarbeit in order to avoid health risks and hazards and at the same time to increase health awareness among employees and managers. In the pilot project, an innovative, holistic occupational health and safety management system was developed and tested in practice on the basis of an efficiency analysis of Manpower’s previous occupational health and safety activities. The aim was to integrate occupational health and safety at the “interface” between temporary employment agencies and customers as an integral part of personnel management.

DEBBI – Discontinuous employment biographies as an opportunity for innovation, tapping the potential of innovative older workers through company innovation systems

  • Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the European Union (European Social Fund) and supervised by the Project Management Agency at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) “Work Design and Services” as part of the funding priority “Innovative Capability in Demographic Change”

  • Project partners: IPP, Adesso AG & gaus GmbH

In addition to analyzing the special innovation conditions in the IT sector and the individual and company factors for the success of older employees in company innovation processes, suitable measurement and evaluation concepts were developed and tested in order to review demography-oriented instruments and methods from company practice and develop them further in line with requirements. The project should thus sustainably increase the ability to innovate in the face of demographic change through concepts of company and work organization and the consideration of changing employment biographies. Appropriate demography-oriented instruments for continuous (further) learning at the level of people and companies, but also in regional networks, were developed and implemented in the project with companies.

BiS – Professions in the shadows

Causes and framework conditions for the social and individual appreciation of service professions

  • Project duration: 10/2008 – 09/2011

  • Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the European Union (European Social Fund) and supervised by the Project Management Agency at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) “Work Design and Services” as part of the funding priority “Innovative Capability in Demographic Change”

  • Project partners: TU Dortmund University, Sociology of Work Research Unit (coordination)

The lack of appreciation and recognition, the lack of pride in one’s own profession and work is a central barrier to the development of services, e.g. in the care sector, hairdressing or retail. Recent research has come to the conclusion that these dimensions in the commercial economy are an important source for the performance and innovative capacity of companies. This ‘source’ has hardly been tapped in the service sector.

The aim of the project was to develop new models and concepts for practice-oriented support for disadvantaged service occupations in small and medium-sized enterprises in order to increase pride, productivity and innovativeness.

FlexiBalance: Work-life balance in flexible forms of work and employment

  • Project duration: 08/2009 – 04/2013

  • Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the European Union (European Social Fund) and supervised by the German Aerospace Center’s project management organization “Arbeitsgestaltung und Dienstleistungen” as part of the funding priority “Innovation capability in demographic change”

  • Project partners: TU Dortmund University, Sociology of Work Research Unit (coordination)

The aim of the “FlexiBalance” project was to research and further develop the conditions for reconciling family and career through innovative personnel service concepts in combination with comprehensive family care services. The result was a tried-and-tested, professionally integrated concept that can be financed by SMEs, enabling companies to employ qualified people during family leave and employees to optimize their work-life balance (or in some cases to participate in working life at all). Such a concept is intended to develop stable and at the same time flexible jobs that counter the shortage of skilled workers and offer disadvantaged groups of employees new opportunities to participate in the employment process.

The concept should be located at the interface of personnel and family services. It integrates the existing services and acts as an employee-oriented “mediator” between the flexibility requirements of companies and employees.

FiS – Women in top positions in the police service and the economy

  • Project duration: 01/2010 – 12/2012

  • Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the European Union (European Social Fund) as part of the funding priority “Innovative capacity in demographic change” and supervised by the project management organization “Arbeitsgestaltung und Dienstleistungen” at the German Aerospace Center (DLR)

  • Project partner: German Police University, Department of Social, Work and Organizational Psychology (project coordination)

Despite many efforts to promote gender equality, there is still a lot of untapped potential. For example, the proportion of women in top positions throughout Germany is below the proportion of highly qualified women. The aim of the FiS project was to make a contribution to the sustainable design of personnel structures and to make management positions more attractive for highly qualified people, because potential belongs at the top!

Preventive occupational health and safety in discontinuous employment histories

  • Project duration: 11/2007 – 01/2011

  • Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the European Union (European Social Fund) and supervised by the Project Management Agency of the German Aerospace Centre “Work Design and Services” as part of the funding priority “Innovative Capability in Demographic Change”

  • Project partner: TU Dortmund University, Department of Labour Sociology (project coordination)

The aim of the Pragdis project was to develop strategies and instruments for preventive occupational health and safety for the target group of intermittently employed staff in the IT sector in the area of conflict between company support options and individual responsibility. These address the problems of the stress triangle (stress, malnutrition and lack of exercise) among IT employees: Employees must – also with the support of existing institutional and social networks for preventive occupational health and safety – develop their own prevention skills and from this develop a continuous individual prevention strategy that can be implemented in different professional and company contexts.

The project therefore focussed on the practical implementation of new concepts and instruments for individual, company and inter-company prevention for the target group of intermittent employees in the IT sector.