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Building Regional and European Capacity in Manufacturing Knowledge Clusters

Erasmus+ Programme Guide Priorities

Programme Horizontal priorities

  1. Sustainable investment, performance and efficiency: priority will be given to actions supporting the effective implementation of the Investment Plan for Europe, including by promoting funding models attracting private actors and capital, as well as supporting the design of evidence-based reforms that deliver quality in education, training and youth systems and policies. Priority will also be given to actions supporting the development of innovative ways to ensure sustainable investment in all forms of learning, both formal and non-formal, including performance-based funding and cost-sharing.
  2. Open and innovative practices, in a digital era: priority will be given to actions that promote innovative methods and pedagogies, participatory governance where appropriate, develop learning materials and tools as well as actions that support the effective use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in education, training and youth.

Programme Field-specific priorities

  1. In the field of higher education, priority will be given to the following actions in line with the challenges identified in the public consultation on the review of the EU Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education: 
    supporting innovation and creativity, through partnerships and inter- and transdisciplinary approaches, and strengthening the role of higher education regionally; 
    ensuring education and research are mutually reinforcing, incentivising and rewarding good teaching;
  2. In the field of vocational education and training (VET), priority will be given to:
    Developing VET business partnerships aimed at promoting work-based learning in all its forms, with special attention to apprenticeship training, by involving social partners, companies and VET providers and with a specific focus on the local and regional dimension in order to produce concrete results on the ground;

About the University of Wolverhampton and the West Midlands Manufacturing Club

The University of Wolverhampton is a vibrant, modern institution which has a demonstrable track record in supporting global economic development, driving regional, sub-regional and international innovation agendas, promoting excellence, innovation and creativity with an unrivalled reputation for widening participation.  Working through Global and European networking partnerships and collaborations the University of Wolverhampton is directly influencing policy making for the creation of economic eco-systems and transferring knowledge from academia into business in the UK and overseas markets and is one of the leading Universities, performing in the top ten in the UK for knowledge transfer through business engagement.

Born in 2001 in the Faculty of Science and Engineering as a vehicle to facilitate extensive knowledge/technology exchange between academia and the industry, the West Midlands Manufacturing Club (WMMC) has grown into a brand that now offers local businesses the opportunity to access a comprehensive programme of support through the University of Wolverhampton's Business Solutions Centres in Wolverhampton, Telford & Wrekin, Shropshire & Herefordshire.

WMMC's focus is to support the regional manufacturing community through training, education and consultancy to help your business to achieve its full potential and outperform competition.

WMMC is a unique collaboration between industry, academia and local government partners who have come together to nurture manufacturing innovation and accelerate regional growth.

The free to join club offers support in Computer Aided Design, Building Information Modelling, Knowledge clusters lead by regional tier one manufacturers, Best practice and specialist consultancy, Manufacturing diagnostics, Access to finance, Export, Supply chain development.

WMMC's focus is to support the regional manufacturing community through training, education and consultancy to help your business to achieve its full potential and outperform competition.

The University now wishes to work in partnership with organisations similar in structure and scope to that of the West Midlands Manufacturing Club.

In doing so, we aim to

  • facilitate knowledge transfer processes,
  • identify the growth barriers of those organisations engaged in manufacturing activities,
  • enhance the sector-specific training provision, and
  • develop VET business partnerships so that local businesses can access our local pool of apprentices
  • create a European network of manufacturers that would act as a vehicle for international trade purposes, and hence, stimulate the local and regional economies.

Funding programme: Erasmus Plus
EC service: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practice (Key Action 2), Strategic Partnership - Development of Innovation
Closing date: 29 March at 12:00 (midday Brussels time)

2 - 3 years

Partners involved
University of Wolverhampton

Partners type and roles of interest

  • Ideally  representing industry - academia - local governments (either single entities, either collaborations of ie manufacturing private actor - HE institution - local chamber of commerce
  • Min. 3 partners from 3 different programme countries;

Intellectual Outputs and Budget Structure


  1. Needs Analysis to identify growth barriers in the manufacturing sector and their nature. This intellectual output will conduct a survey with sector stakeholders. The data will be collated and analysed to inform training design aimed at manufacturers in the region. Data from the needs analysis will also feed into the Business School and Elite Manufacturing Centre, enabling informed strategies and curriculum development. No. days & Staff category: 25 - Researcher/5 - Admin
  2. Peer to Peer Mentoring platform embedded in the WMMC's website; the platform can also have a short online course on the advantages of clustering, to encourage transnational cooperation. No. days & Staff category: 37 - T/T/R/25 - Technician
  3. Workshop Design (informed by the Needs Analysis (IO1). No. days & Staff category: 25 - Trainer/Researcher
  4. Workshop Pilot (linked to LTTA - Train the trainer event). No. days & Staff category: 7 - Trainer

The project will also feature a 5-day train the trainer event held in the UK. The training event will be linked to Intellectual Output 3 - pilot of the workshops developed. 7 staff days for delivery will be included under Intellectual Output 4 for preparation and delivery.

Financial aspects
EC contribution: 220.000 €
EC co-funding rate: 100%

Friday, 17 March, 2017

Contact person(s)
Benjamin Martinez
University of Wolverhampton
Tel.: 0032494261725
Email: bmsanchis@wlv.ac.uk

Date of publication
Thursday, 9 February, 2017

ERRIN Member
University of Wolverhampton Project Support Office Brussels


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