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Metal Processing


A whole week of testing for future training technologies

From 22 to 26 March 2021, new learning tools were assessed under real conditions in the Hauts-de-France region as part of the Interreg BHC21, a project aimed at improving the training of tomorrow’s operators. 

There is nothing like full-scale testing to assess the performance of novel tools! From 22 to 26 March 2021, as part of the BHC21 European collaborative project, eight young people were initiated into the professions of the metallurgical industry thanks to the new training technologies. This initiation took place at the Association for Professional Training in Industry (Association de Formation Professionnelle de l’Industrie) of Hénin Beaumont (Pas-de-Calais, France). During that week, plenty of practical learning activities were offered, between tests and scenario playing, and involved innovative technologies: smart configurable voice and video assistants applied to machining processes, augmented reality and virtual reality glasses to test the trainees’ ability to follow instructions and a logical process, and digital applications allowing learners to assess themselves and develop their soft skills.

International collaboration

“BHC21” (Boosting Human Capital in the 21st century) is a project supported by the European Union as part of the INTERREG 2 Mers programme. Its aim is to contribute to the implementation of more efficient and effective professional training services intended for low‑skilled people within the whole cooperation area, especially with the help of new technologies. This interregional project involves partners from Belgium, the United Kingdom and France (Cetim, Maison pour l’entreprise, l’emploi et la formation Santerre Haute-Somme and Sud Concept Hauts-de-France). It follows an ascending approach which starts from the needs at field level and brings together employers, professional training organisations, public employment services and low-skilled people in a collaborative creation process. The feedback regarding these practical applications will be issued and shared in the cross-border context of the project with a view to structuring the next work step, which will consist in designing a 12-week long training period involving apprentices, SMEs from the metallurgical sector and trainers. In the end, a complete training cycle relying on innovative technologies will be developed and tested. 

To find out more on this project, visit the Interreg 2 Mers website.

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