In the ERASMUS+ project AI4VET4AI (AI-powered Next Generation of VET), co-funded by the European Union, 26 partners from 11 European countries will work together until June 2027 to support and foster the growth of a skilled workforce in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe.
Providers of vocational education and training (VET), research centers, various interest groups and associations have joined forces in the course of the project to form a partner network. This network, coordinated by Algebra University College Zagreb (Croatia), aims to create a transnational European platform for VET excellence and thus help close the current skills gap in this area. The platform aims to make a significant contribution to the digital transformation of the EU labor market by introducing innovative teaching content and methods into vocational education and training curricula across countries involved.
Artificial intelligence related jobs are already in high demand and, according to some studies, is expected to create 97 million new jobs by 2025. However, there is not enough talent to meet the needs of the labor market. It is therefore important to strengthen knowledge and skills in the field of artificial intelligence at regional, national and European level, while raising awareness of the potential of AI in our regions.
The AI4VET4AI project therefore includes tailor-made activities for different target groups aimed at creating and implementing innovative teaching content and methods for vocational education and training. The project will start with a comprehensive study that will examine the AI-related skills gaps in the 11 participating countries. It will then attempt to close these gaps by building local, innovative AI ecosystems and raising awareness of the topic through various events. In line with the idea of lifelong learning, the aim is to familiarize people with the topic of AI and make the European labour market more competitive.
MCI Professor Dr. Stephan Schlögl emphasizes: "Artificial intelligence is one of the most important key technologies for driving the digital transformation in Europe. The MCI, in particular the two academic departments of Management, Communication & IT and Digital Business & Software Engineering, want to play a leading role here as part of the AI4VET4AI project and contribute to securing Austria's competitiveness as a location for digitalization by developing targeted, low-threshold, accessible training and further education courses."
About the project:
Project AI4VET4AI, coordinated by Algebra University College (Croatia), will last for 4 years, and gathers 26 partners from 11 countries. Project is supported by the European Union through the Erasmus+ Partnership for Excellence – Centres of Vocational Excellence program.
Project partners: Technical School Čakovec, Croatian Artificial Intelligence Association, Poslovna inteligencija (Croatia); Faculty of Information Studies in Novo Mesto, School Centre Celje, Rudolfovo, Arctur (Slovenia); Belgrade Metropolitan University, AFA association (Serbia); MCI | The Entrepreneurial School®, Network Development Hub GmbH (Austria); Technische Informationsbibliothek, Strategische Partnerschaft Sensorik (Germany); AKMI Anonimi Ekpaideftiki Etairia, Rezos Brands (Greece); Universita Degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Keylon (Italy); Inercia Digital, Camera Commercio Italiana per la Spagna (Spain); Universiteit van Amsterdam, AlterContacts (Netherlands); S.K.T.A.I.H.L, Southeast Anatolian Exporters’ Association (Turkey); Griffith College and Anser (Ireland).