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The Association for European Dairy Industry Learning (AEDIL) was established in 1992 by European organisations, which were responsible for the vocational education and training in the dairy sector in their countries. Soon, other countries joined the association, with dairy oriented group associations and societies who particularly support the needs of vocational, further and continuing training in the dairy sector. Meanwhile the number of members has increased to 15 members.

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EU-project approved: Mapping skills needs and supply in the dairy sector

 

AEDIL has successfully applied for EU-funding for a project, which will produce recommendations on how to meet the skills required by the European dairy sector.

AEDIL (Association of European Dairy Industry Learning) is a European network of dairy stakeholders in 15 countries.

 

The project is composed of four major processes: development of a framework for research of skills needs and supply in the dairy sector; research in 13 countries; analysis of the data collected and finally recommendations on how to close the gaps and even out mismatches found in the research.

The project has a duration of 3 years and will start by the end of 2016.

 

The research will be undertaken in Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, UK, Norway and Turkey.

 

The rationale behind the project is that the European dairy sector is rapidly changing towards more concentrated and specialized production and the global demands for dairy products are growing. This situation matched with an education supply that is not fully geared to provide the skills needed by the labour market, display a strong need for comprehensive knowledge on skills demands and skills supply within the European dairy sector.

 

Organizations participating in the project

 

  • Danish Dairy Managers Association, Denmark
  • Arla Foods amba, Denmark
  • Professional Dairy Association (MVL), Finland
  • French Association of Graduates from Dairy Schools (AFDIL), France
  • German Technical Dairy Employees Organisation (ZDM)
  • VHL University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands
  • Association of the Poland Dairy Industry, Poland
  • Uludag University Karacabey, Turkey
  • The National Skills Academy for Food &Drink, UK
  • The Finnish Food and Drink Industries’ Federation (ETL), Finland
  • Association of Dairy Teachers in EU (EUROPEL)

 

Full summary and rationale behind the project

 

The European dairy sector is rapidly changing towards more concentrated and specialized production and the global demands for dairy products are growing. This situation matched with an education supply that is not fully geared to provide the skills needed by the labour market, display a strong need for comprehensive knowledge on skills demands and skills supply within the European dairy sector.

 

The overall objective of this project is a competitive European dairy sector where the industry and education sector collaborate to meet changing demands and trends. The immediate objective is to provide the sector with consolidated recommendations on training provision to meet the skills required by the labour market.

 

AEDIL (Association of European Dairy Industry Learning) is a European network of dairy stakeholders in 15 countries. 11 member-organizations undertake this project in the auspices of AEDIL with 40 participating bodies (10 universities, 9 VET-providers, 4 enterprises, 2 skills councils, 9 employers’ associations, 3 employees associations, 1 chamber of commerce, 1 national sectoral agency, 1 labour market research institute).

The project is composed of four major processes: development of a framework for research of skills needs and supply in the dairy sector; research in 13 countries; analysis of the data collected and finally recommendations on how to close the gaps and even out mismatches found in the research.

 

The expected impact on dairy schools and universities is that they will be better suited to upgrade and improve their curriculum and to create a more attractive and business-oriented dairy education that appeals to students and young workers.

 

The expected impact on dairy enterprises is that they will know which educational institutions in Europe that educate graduates with the skills they need. This will enable a more flexible recruitment approach and a mobile workforce.

 

The project will deliver forecasts on skills needs and trends five years ahead and a collection of Best Practices on Work Based Learning from the dairy industry.

A long-term benefit is that the industry will have a sufficient workforce with the right competences. Furthermore, AEDIL will be a flagship of effective collaboration between the world of work, science and education for coherency between skills demands and skills supply.