Description of the Project
Priorities and objectives
Our project sets out to improve the quality of road transport vocational training in Europe through a cross-national, cross-sectoral and multilingual partnership (Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Kosovo* (UN Resolution), FYR of Macedonia, Serbia). It is aimed primarily at increasing the level of training and technical skills for instructors who provide initial and periodic training to truck drivers in the South Eastern region of Europe. By making the best use of their “differences,” resources and know-how, partners will produce innovative ICT-based pedagogical approaches, assessment and evaluation methods. Increased cross-border cooperation in road transport will lead to harmonisation of Driver training and mutual recognition of driver qualification in full conformity with the objectives of EU ET 2020 and EU transport legislation.
“Road transport is part of the lifeblood of the European economy and single market. It delivers goods across Europe fast, efficiently, flexibly and cheaply. Road transport is a vital economic sector in its own right, employing about 5 million people across the EU and generating close to 2% of its GDP. Road transport is a tool for reviving growth through the enhancement of competitiveness and the creation of jobs.” (statement made by Mr Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission)
Road transport is a top priority in the EU and the backbone of our economies. It accounts for nearly 75% of all delivered goods across Europe. SEED participating countries have all put road transport very high on the list of their EU agendas. They are all members of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) which governs international road transport multilateral quota of transport licences for international road freight transport. It is also of vital importance that countries as various as Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Kosovo* (UN Resolution), FYR of Macedonia, Serbia should enforce the same EU transport legislation in order to ensure fair competition and sustainability in the sector. Our partnership will allow all these different countries to work together in order to produce high-quality results that could not be achieved by a single partner operating alone. These results will have a real EU added-value, exploitable in many EU countries and contributing to the further opening of the EU road haulage market.
Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia once part of the former Yugoslavia, gained their independence in the early 1990s. As a consequence, these countries have developed their own laws and legislation but a current lack of harmonisation still prevails which is an impediment to the facilitation of transport and trade. These countries are at different stages of the implementation of EU directive 2003/59/EC in terms of mandatory driver training (CPC Driver), driver and instructor qualification.
Although Croatia has been a full EU country since July 1st, 2013, it has been granted two additional years to enforce the CPC Driver. This is a challenge that the EU’s newest Member state needs to face.
As an official candidate for EU membership since 2004, FYR of Macedonia needs to align its national legislation on road transport professional training with that of the EU in order to keep pace with increasingly demanding qualifications and training standards. The implementation of high quality training standards in road transport is one of the preconditions for its successful integration into the European Union.
Situated at the crossroads between Western and Eastern Europe, as well as between the SEED Project participating countries, Kosovo* (UN Resolution), Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia will play a key role in bringing them closer. While Serbia has already started the EU adhesion negotiations in 2014, the other countries have EU adhesion on top of their agendas.
The partnership is needed because it will contribute to achieving mutual recognition of instructor and driver qualification between diverse European countries whilst supporting their sustained cohesion, economic development and transport operability. Indeed all SEED Project countries vary in terms of population, economic and transport environment. Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo* (UN Resolution) are also key partners with a real added-value in the consortium. These countries are indeed essential to give France and Belgium an additional insight into a complex region encompassing many different languages, ethnicities, cultures and histories. The need to recognise this regional diversity at the crossroads of different parts of Europe is particularly important and is the cornerstone of the Project. This is why partners are looking to embed innovative approaches in driver training delivery and draw knowledge from each other whilst leaving each country with a certain amount of leeway to address national specific needs and meet the workplace capacity requirements.
Our SEED project aims to raise the level of professionalism in road freight transport for both instructors and drivers through a cross-national, cross-sectoral and multilingual partnership (9 partners in 7 countries: Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Kosovo* (UN Resolution), FYR of Macedonia, Serbia). SEED is aimed primarily at increasing the level of training and technical skills for instructors who provide initial and periodic training (CPC Driver) to truck drivers in the South Eastern region of Europe. By making the best use of their “differences,” resources, skills, knowledege and expertise of the field, partners will produce a package of training resources including a core programmme enriched with partners’ national needs and labour market requirements, ICT-based case studies, driver’s and instructor’s guides, examination forms and evaluation methods. SEED training programme will also promote innovative and interactive pedagogical approaches whilst exploring new training and learning strategies in the field of road transport.
All 9 partners will be strongly committed in designing, implementing, monitoring, rating and disseminating project results for a successful partnership.
Pilot training sessions will be organised in each participating South East Europe country halfway through the project lifetime in order to evaluate the relevance and quality of the SEED programme nationwide prior to its further dissemination in the EU and beyond.
National workshops for awareness-building in each SEE participating country, European meetings and conferences will be set up to showcase the SEED project outcomes to the wider community of private and public stakeholders of the road freight transport industry.
The final objective of SEED is to lead to harmonisation of CPC Driver training and mutual recognition of driver qualification in full conformity with the objectives of EU ET 2020 and EU transport legislation
In a nutshell our project will result in:
* Higher level of professionalism in road transport delivery
* Motivated workforce, committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organisations
* Better trained and better qualified instructors and professional drivers
* New learning experiences across cultural borders (between Western and South East Europe/SEE)
* Extended network of relationship between different countries
* Increased capacity building and potential for innovation and change in a rapidly-evolving sector
* increased labour mobility.