VETAS innovation award received by Austrian and Spanish initiative

Mrs. T.K. Volpato (FLM, VETAS), Mr. Vincente de las Heras Banon (Forteco, Robert Bosch Espana),Dr. Peter Littig (DEKRA, VETAS) (from left to right)
Dr. Sigrid Nindl (3srl, VETAS), Mrs. Sandra Kober (AAS), Dr. Peter Littig (DEKRA, VETAS) (from left to right)

Two innovative/leading vocational education and training approaches from Europe have been awarded by the VETAS network for their demonstrated excellence, impact and innovation in addressing the challenges of the automotive sector. The VETAS innovation award has been given to

  • the FORTECO project coordinated by Robert Bosch Espana, S.A. in Spain for being an excellent example of successful industry cooperation to support high quality vocational education and training in Spain by offering continuous training to vocational school teachers in order to keep up with technical innovation and guarantee the technological updating of students. The award was accepted by Mr. Vicente de las Heras Banon, FORTECO coordinator from Robert Bosch Espana, S.A. on behalf of the whole FORTECO partnership.
  • the Automotive Academy Styria (AAS) in Austria, set-up and implemented by the Automobile Cluster Styria, for their wide scope of offers for different target groups and qualification levels that are strongly related to labour market needs and show a clear European dimension by applying the approach of the European Qualifications Framework and therefore support comparability of qualifications across borders in Europe. The award was accepted by Mrs. Sandra Kober, project manager and representative of the AAS at the conference.

Further information on both initiatives is available at the VETAS portals innovative vocational education and training approaches database at

The VETAS network consortium congratulates the winners and wishes a lot of success for all future activities.




Deadline for nominations

has been extended till April 10th, 2011!


VETAS innovation award

The VETAS Innovation Award recognises an innovative and/or leading practice approach (initiative, program or product) developed and implemented for the purpose of providing high quality vocational education and training in the automotive sector in Europe.


This award is open to organisations of all sizes from the public or private sector in Europe. The approach (initiative, programme or product) must demonstrate innovation and excellence in implementation. The awardee may be one or more organisation(s) of any size.

In order to nominate an approach for the award, it must be entered in the VETAS innovative approaches database at The elements within the online form should be the focus of the nomination, however any relevant evidence may be provided as long as it does not exceed the maximum page limit of 10 pages (incl. online form). All fields of the online form must be completed. Approaches submitted till March 30, 2011 will be considered.

The winner of this award will be invited to send two representatives to the VETAS network conference taking place on 09/10 May 2011 in Brussels and to present the approach at the conference.

Selection Criteria

Proposed approaches will be judged against the following criteria. Please note that the explanatory statements are not closing but examples only.

Criteria 1: Innovation and excellence.

Please describe primarily your own perspective why the approach is innovative from your point of view. The following aspects can be indicators for innovation:

  • Use of a transnational and/or European approach and/or application of European instruments such as EQF or ECVET.
  • Ways in which the approach succeeds where perhaps other similar initiatives have failed.
  • Results for learners, VET providing organisation and industry, including unexpected results solving so far not or only insufficiently addressed problems for learners, VET providing organisations and/or industry or results having industry/ company/nation/region-wide significance.

Criteria 2: Learner and industry focus.

  • Approach clearly addresses needs expressed by learners and/or industry and/or otherwise identified as being a learner or industry need.
  • Continuous involvement of learners and/or industry in planning, implementation and evaluation of the approach.
  • Demonstrated recognition and/or acknowledgement from beneficiaries, peers and/or other stakeholders/institutions.

Criteria 3: Impact of the VET initiative.

  • Approaches contribution to the improvement of the national VET system.
  • Improvements resulting from the initiative in an enterprise, a VET providing organisation and/or in the automotive sector.
  • Contribution through the initiative to building new or stronger relationships between/among VET providers, industries, social partners and/or governmental institutions.

Selection Committee

The approaches submitted will be evaluated by a committee composed of experts from the VETAS project consortium. The awardee will receive a notification by mid of April 2011.

Download the award guidelines