Project News

Below you can read news articles of the ongoing projects.

 

Future skills for a better life in Sustainable Salons

The project Future skills for a better life in Sustainable Salons (Sustainable Salon) started with a first kick off conference in the beginning of February in Schiphol-Rijk, The Netherlands. Due to the COVID19 crisis was the two day meeting online. In this Erasmus+ project, we gather facts through an inventory of the hairdresser's competencies in 2030, the desired situation in a sustainable salon and focus on environmental aspects (core of a
simple standard), competences needed to reach this situation and research on two diagnostic selfassessment tools to map the current situation on:
1. competence level and measuring the gap on profile and future competences and
2. the gap of the level towards the sustainability system on environment and sustainability in schools (salon).

The outcomes of the inventory will be discussed with experts and the results will later on serve as the input for developing the self-assessment tools, the learning material on environment in a sustainable salon and awareness material on sustainability. The project works with a final sector conference with student participation along the project. Using the competences of the different partners, their network, the experts, entrepreneurs in the sector and the teachers and students in the conferences and at home in the schools we combine knowledge and perseverance to finalize the task in a good way.

What is sustainability?

Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. Sustainability is important to make sure that we have and will continue to have water, materials and resources, to protect human health and our environment.

Partners

The participating organizations:

  • UBK/UCB, better known in the industry as Coiffure.org, is the occupational federation for all Belgian hairdressers, and specifically for the 6256 employers in the hairdressing sector represented in the national Social Dialogue.
  • Camera Italiana dell’Acconciatura (CIA) is the Italian Chamber of Hairstyle, a non-profit National body which groups together, the two Italian Associations of Hairdressers, and has link with two Academy of Hairdresser grouped in INAI.
  • EL PALO is a VET-institute in Spain. The educational levels offered by El Palo include baccalaureate, vocational training in beauty, hairdressing and Personal Image Consultant and Social Programs.
  • ROC van Amsterdam in the Netherlands is one of the largest community colleges in Europe with approximately 35.000 students; 3.500 part-time and fulltime staff spread over roughly 60 locations.
  • IES Universidad Laboral de Málaga is one of the largest Public Secondary and Vocational Training Educational Institutions in the Andalusia region. the center offers a wide variety of training topics and
    resources (both human and material), so that students can train in different professions such as Higher Technician.
  • IOFS-FP Lombardia is a VET institute, present on Italian regional territory of Lombardy with six accredited local institutes for vocational training and employment services, dislocated in four provinces: Milano, Monza e Brianza, Pavia and Varese.
  • PIVA Oudenaarde was recently renamed and is called Richtpunt campus Oudenaarde nowadays. Our institute is part of the provincial schools of the province of East Flanders. The education we give is based upon pluralism, quality and affordability.
  • STIVAKO, a Dutch VET-institute for management and leadership in the print media and creative industries. Stivako is the coordinator of the project.
  • Coiffure EU (associated partner) is the European association of national employers’ organisations in hairdressing. Coiffure EU unites, joinstogether, protects and supports the hairdressing sector at the European level.

More information?

Visit the project website: www.sustainable-salon.info.

Skype meeting EKFI-project: creating an Exchange platform, to facilitate exchange of learning/research material. 

The EKFI-project has organized an extra online partner meeting.  The central issues of the partner meeting were:
 

  • Report on the status of Covid 19 and the effects on the project-activities per country.

  • Presentation of the applications of the EKFI-platform. Discussion on the testing results and suggested adjustments to finish the technical building of the application.

  • the uploading of learning material on the platform of the partners and other institutes.

  • Dissemination and impact activities in the period October 2020 till February 2021 and the activities in the coming period till April 2021. A new online meeting will be planned next April.

  • Adjustment of the date of the next partner meeting in Barcelona and the multiplier event in Thallin.  

The aim of the EKFI project is to create an Exchange platform, to facilitate innovative learning/research material, to map the competence (user) needs and match these with existing learning/research module(s) on the web based platform. The Exchange platform can be applied for the project target groups: VET and HE institutes, SMEs, sector organizations, others in the Cultural & Creative Industries (CCI).

Partners

​The partnership entails partners from VET education at the initial level and higher / academic education and a ICT company to realize the platform as an internet application.

​More information?

Visit the project website: www.ekfi-project.com.

Green Salon II project granted

Stivako has submitted the Green Salon II project (Future skills for a better life in Sustainable Salons) within the framework of the European Erasmus + program. And the proposal has been approved.

The project Future skills for a better life in Sustainable Salons tries to transfer the ideas and knowledge on sustainability and environment through information, a simplified standard, education and training to students, schools, salons and its employees and other stakeholders in the hair and beauty sector. This project aims besides providing insight into sustainability also to give an image on the profile of a hairdresser in 2030 from the viewpoint of sustainability, technology and entrepreneurial skills.

Objectives

In this project Future skills for a better life in Sustainable Salons we will combine the sustainable ideas through education and training with innovative ideas within the sector. The educational products we want to generate during the process will include workshops on sustainability and innovation, teaching materials for schools and extracurricular education about sustainability in the 'sustainable' hair salon’ . We start with the development of a profile of a hairdresser and its competences (sustainability, technology, entrepreneurship) in 2030; Parallel we will develop a simplified low threshold system on sustainability/environment (label) for schools (salon). Simultaneously we will work on a self-assessment internet tools on competence level and measuring the gap on profile and future competences and the gap of the level towards the sustainability system; specific learning material on sustainability/environment focussed on the sector and awareness tools to use in VET and salons to use in communication with employees and clients on the subjects. Against this background, co-financing of this proposed project by the EU would enable the participating partners to develop knowledge and tools that can easily be implemented by schools and used in salons throughout Europe on an easy accessible level.

Activities EKFI in slow motion due to COVID 19

The activities of the Stivako EKFI project have been slightly delayed by COVID19. Contact between the partners and the schools, among other things, has only been relatively established because in various countries the VET and HE are closed until after the summer period. Also, the EGIN conference, where the EKFI project would be extensively presented, is canceled. Contacts with EGIN-secretary show that no conference activities are being organized this year due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID19 in the various European countries.

What is EKFI

“Cultural & Creative Industries (CCI) are undergoing considerable change. They need support to enable them to create cross-border networks and platforms to help structure and strengthen the CCI”. A central quote in the Europe 2020 Strategy for growth and jobs of the EC (2017/18). It not only aims to respond to changing skills needs by promoting innovation in education the creation of new businesses, but also mapping the different value chains in the digital age (artistic crafts, publishing, film/TV, multimedia, etc).

Research reveals and describes the need for new/updated competences and skills in the CCI. These skills were found vital requirements, as stated in in the reports: The future on the European Print Industries – In our own hands (Intergraf/UNI Europa 2010); Future skills in the Graphical Industry(2016); Report of the running CIGN project: Identification of skills gaps in cross-media design and production in the creative industries at EU-level; Project Thrive! Report (2018).​

The above justify to investigate innovative approaches for scanning needs for competences (knowledge, skills, attitudes) and matching them with suitable (existing) learning and research material to stimulate innovation. The objective is to create an Exchange platform, to facilitate innovative learning/research material, to map the competence (user) needs and match these with existing learning/research module(s) on the web based platform.

The Exchange platform can be applied for the project target groups: VET and HEs, SMEs, sector organizations, others in the CCI. It will operate as a set of ICT-applications (IO’s): a database of existing learning/research material (from various sources) will be created by uploading this material to an platform(O1). The uploading will be supported by the Intake application(O2) where the learning/research material will be described and meet educational standards/formats in order to pass the entrance requirements. The Search robot(O4) makes it possible for the user to map the competence needs and match the needs with learning/research module(s). The download of the material uses the Barter system purchase application(O3). It is a system of exchange where goods are directly exchanged for other goods without using money, as a medium of exchange.

More information

If you want more information? Visit the projectwebsite: https://www.ekfi-project.com/ or call Stivako: 0031 20 5435670 or mail to: info@stivako.nl.

Col-Creation in the spotlight

During the vkgo members' meeting of 11 February at PROBO in Dokkum, the first results of the Erasmus + project Col-Creation were presented to more than 40 participants. The aim of Col-Creation is to teach people inside and outside the company (in the chain) to work together smartly. These days, co-creation of products and services is becoming increasingly important to be able to continue to meet rapidly changing customer needs. The Col-Creation project provides teaching materials for SMEs to become stronger in this.Working together always pays. Simply because with more people you have more different perspectives to tackle a customer's question. The danger of always having to come up with everything yourself often leads to the same types of solutions, while the client's needs keep changing and therefore expects a new approach. Precisely through smart collaboration you make it possible for your company to come up with fresh solutions that will surprise your (potential) customers. And with that you invest in the continuity of your company.
In the Erasmus + project Col-Creation, various specialists work together to develop an innovative training program for employers and employees in SMEs, to train them step by step in creatively meeting new business needs. The Dienstencentrum and Stivako are both involved as a knowledge and training institute. Although the content of the teaching material is of a high level (Human Centered Design Thinking and Business Model Canvas), the developers know how to translate this into practical applicable material in a very practical way. This makes the Co-Creation training in the Creative Industry accessible to everyone. This year the material will be tested within the Netherlands, after which Stivako will include the training in its regular curriculum and provide the Dienstencentrum with customized advice. All this with the aim of making SMEs in our sector more effective for the future.
Have you become curious too? For more information, see this news article (web link). For direct contact please mail to: info@stivako.nl.

Thrive and EKFI at St Lucas VET institute

Stivako is invited at the St Lucas institute to talk about the enterpreneurial education of their institute. We presented an introduction on the Thrive-project. The results of this Erasmus+ project are recently dilivered. The material is also the test material of the EKFI project. Besides the Thrive introduction we introduced also the EKFI project as a future exchange platform for learning material. The participating teachers were enthousiastic about this initiative.

Col Creation project in new phase

Doing business in the creative industry is not easy. Due to rapidly changing customer needs, the demand for creativity from employers and employees is increasing. In addition, entrepreneurs would like to recruit their (potential) customers with self-developed business concepts. But for most entrepreneurs it is hard to develop these new business concepts. The target groups in the Col-Creation project (self-employed and micro SME’s) are commonly not familiar with the concept of co-creation for use in their own company, therefore they miss a potential boost in innovation. Innovation is mandatory for a company to secure their continuity. The ERASMUS project Col-Creation is intended to help SMEs in the Creative sector learn to develop new business concepts. The ultimate goal is to create more business through innovative business operations. Therefore a research has been done in the first phase of the project.

Developing learning material

The Dienstencentrum made a proposal for the training program for the Col-Creation project. The program is discussed in the last meeting in Bulgaria. In that meeting a concept of the learning program is made and the tasks to develop learning material is divided among the partners. The outline of the training program consists out of the following 6 units:

  • Introduction of co-creation and the effectiveness of using HCD-Thinking method
  • Creating your innovative team
  • Finding and defining the real problem (discover and define).
  • Finding the right solutions
  • Motivation and perseverance
  • Implementation and presentation

The goal of the training program is to empower Creative Industry Professionals (CIP’s) in developing their activities and producing their products in a quickly changing environment where they are asked to be more flexible and to deliver additional values to their products, involving new technologies, competences and ways to approach innovation. The learning material is developed and will be discussed in the next meeting.

Third meeting EKFI-project: to create an Exchange platform

Third meeting EKFI-project: to create an Exchange platform, to facilitate innovative learning/research material, to map the competence (user) needs and match these with existing learning/research module(s). The EKFI-project has organized the third partner meeting in Ghent, Belgium on  the 3rd and 4th of Oktober and an Expert-meeting on the 3rd  of Oktober.  The central issues of the partner meeting were: 

  • Presentation of the definite report on the results of the country research,

  • Presentation and discussion on the educational and technical aspects of the barter module,

  • Presentation of the demo of the EKFI-platform,

  • Presentation and discussion on the definite content of the intake module

  • Dissemination and impact. 

The university staff of the Artevelde university gave presentations about the Barter system to be developed. The various ideas and experiences were discussed during the expert meeting Barter systems discussed and will be used to develop the Barter system in this project. The aim of the EKFI project is to create an Exchange platform, to facilitate innovative learning/research material, to map the competence (user) needs and match these with existing learning/research module(s) on the web based platform. The Exchange platform can be applied for the project target groups: VET and HE institutes, SMEs, sector organizations, others in the Cultural & Creative Industries (CCI).

Second partnermeeting in Athens and the Expert meeting a success!

The EKFI-project has organized a second partner meeting in Athens, Greece on 15th and 17th of May and an Expertmeeting on the 16th.  The central issues of the partner meeting were: 

  • The results of the country research,

  • The educational and technical aspects of the intake module,

  • Aspect to prepare the next meeting on the Bartersystem,

  • Technical aspects of the EKFI-platform,

  • The ideas on the graphic design of the application and

  • The Pyramid of Change, dissemination and impact.

Presentations were given by experts and university staff on the educational system in Greece and the impact on the system to develop, educational and technical aspects of the intake module to develop.
The results of the research in the participating countries were presented and discussed.  The final draft of the first research report will be ready in the coming period.

During the Expert-meeting educational and technical aspects of the EKFI-platform ant its modules were discussed. The comments of the experts were very useful and will lead to adjustments in the planned activities.

Col-Creation, intellectual output & results

Doing business in the creative industry is not easy. Due to rapidly changing customer needs, the demand for creativity from employers and employees is increasing. In addition, entrepreneurs would like to recruit their (potential) customers with self-developed business concepts. But for most entrepreneurs it is hard to develop these new business concepts. The target groups in the Col-Creation project (self-employed and micro SME’s) are commonly not familiar with the concept of co-creation for use in their own company, therefore they miss a potential boost in innovation. Innovation is mandatory for a company to secure their continuity. The ERASMUS project Col-Creation is intended to help SMEs in the Creative sector learn to develop new business concepts. The ultimate goal is to create more business through innovative business operations. Therefore a research has been done in the first phase of the project.

Col creation state of the art research:

A research has been done to collect the necessary information to setup a draft training program specification for the Col-Creation project. The research is conducted in all the participating countries to create alignment on the subjects. The main subjects of the research where: definitions of terms, methods and tools, key competences for CIP’s (Creative Industry Professionals) and existing training materials and platforms.

Proposal draft Training program specification

As a result of the state of the art research in this project Dienstencentrum made a proposal for the training program of Col-Creation. The program is a draft for now and the participating countries have to gather feedback trough a co-creation session in their own country, just like Dienstencentrum and Stivako did with SME’s (VKGO) and international stakeholders from Egin described in the next paragraph. The draft training program consists out of the following 6 units:

  1. Introduction of co-creation and the effectiveness of using HCD-Thinking method
  2. Creating your innovative team
  3. Finding and defining the real problem (discover and define).
  4. Finding the right solutions
  5. Motivation and perseverance
  6. Implementation and presentation

The goal of the training program is to empower Creative Industry Professionals (CIP’s) in developing their activities and producing their products in a quickly changing environment where they are asked to be more flexible and to deliver additional values to their products, involving new technologies, competences and ways to approach innovation. 

Events organized by Dienstencentrum and Stivako:

Dienstencentrum and Stivako organized two sessions. One with SME’s from the VKGO in the Netherlands (the VKGO is a network organization in the Netherlands for SME’s in the creative industry) and one for international stakeholders at the Egin conference, another EU project were the concept training program was presented and discussed to collect feedback. Both of the target groups were very positive about the program and its setup. But there was also some useful feedback to fine tune the training program specification.

Second meeting EKFI-project successful

The EKFI-project has organized a second partner meeting in Athens, Greece on 15th and 17th of May and an Expert-meeting on the 16th of May.  The central issues of the partner meeting were:
  The results of the country research,

  •   The educational and technical aspects of the intake module,
  •   Aspect to prepare the next meeting on the Bartersystem’
  •   Technical aspects of the EKFI-platform,
  •   The ideas on the graphic design of the application and
  •   The Pyramid of Change, dissemination and impact.

Presentations were given by experts and university staff on the educational system in Greece and the impact on the system to develop, educational and technical aspects of the intake module to develop. The results of the research in the participating countries were presented by the partners and discussed.  The final draft of the first research report will be ready in the coming period.

During the Expert meeting, educational and technical aspects of the EKFI-platform and its modules were discussed. The comments of the experts were very useful and will lead to adjustments in the planned activities. 

The aim of the EKFI project is to create an Exchange platform, to facilitate innovative learning/research material, to map the competence (user) needs and match these with existing learning/research module(s) on the web based platform. The Exchange platform can be applied for the project target groups: VET and HE institutes, SMEs, sector organizations, others in the Cultural & Creative Industries (CCI).

Project Col-Creation presented at Egin conference in Copenhagen

On the 11th April in Copenhagen at the first day of the EGIN annual conference Frank den Hartog presented the project ColCreation. Besides the aim of the project also the structure, the goals and the planning was presented. The EGIN conference was held at the office of HK. With 275,000 members, HK is Denmark’s largest union for salaried employees. The members work within the retail sector and as administrative staff within both the public and the private sectors like printmedia and creative industries.
Also representatives of HK were present at this part of the conference. The participants of the conference are socialpartners, educational institutes, consultants, researchers from the creative industries. The central theme of the EGIN Annual conference this year was: "Different ways of Developing and Coorporating, how to strengthen the relation between vocational education and the developing labour market.

Col-Creation: the new innovative EU-project

Six organizations from Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Austria and Spain have submitted a subsidy application under the ERASMUS + program of the EU. This project has been assigned and the Dienstencentrum and Stivako both participate in this international development project, with the following title: Development of a training program for enhancing co-creation and collaboration in the creative industry through sharing economy. In short: COL-CREATION. The project starts on 01-11-2018 and ends 24 months later on 31-10-2020. 

Doing business in the Creative Industry is not easy. By rapidly innovating customer needs, the demand for creativity among employers and employees is increasing. In addition, entrepreneurs want to recruit their (potential) customers with self-developed business concepts. But the development of new business concepts is not easy in practice. As an SME entrepreneur you can hardly do without the professional help of colleagues in the sector. And especially those colleagues who can contribute additional knowledge and expertise. This leads to innovative business models that respond better to future customer needs. Here the principle applies: Strong together.
 
The ERASMUS + project COL-CREATION should help SMEs in the Creative sector to learn how to develop new business concepts. We want to achieve this by providing sectoral information, individual approach to employers and employees with tailor-made training materials. This should lead to new perspectives, as a result of which companies in the Creative Industry, together with other colleagues in the production chain, will arrive at new innovative business models. With the ultimate goal: to create more business through innovative business management
 

EKFI project granted

Stivako has submitted the EKFI project within the framework of the European Erasmus + program. And the proposal has been approved.
The project “Exchange knowledge for future innovation” is aiming in revisiting an old problem – namely the gap between the companies and organizations - the world of work - and its needs and requirements for educated people and the education world with their study programs and curricula, under a new perspective. The effective closing of this gap can be served by merging the two worlds with innovative ICT applications. The principal application will be the innovative Map & Match web-based Platform for the enhancement of learning in the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI). 

Objectives: The present project indents to investigate innovative approaches for scanning needs and requirements for knowledge, skills and competences of the CCI and matching them with the suitable existing research and learning material based on learning outcomes. Main objective is to create an Exchange platform, to facilitate innovative learning and research material, to map the competence needs (user) and match these needs with the suitable learning/research module(s). The web based platform & applications run on the platform. The Exchange platform can be applied for the project target groups: VET&HE’s, SME’s, entrepreneurs, sector organizations, social partners in the CCI.
More information: https://www.ekfi-project.com
 

Final Conference Green salon in Amsterdam great success

The Final Conference was organized in Amsterdam at the ROC Amsterdam, location MBO College Zuid. The conference started at 14.00 hrs with a walk-in / information market with models who walked around with a sustainable hair creation. The conference started with a plenary  meeting in the main conference room . The opening was performed by the host of the day, Pieter van der Bent, head of the hairdressers school of ROC Amsterdam. Mrs. Miet Verhamme from the European hairdressers association: Coiffure.eu presented the organization, their policy on sustainability and ongoing and finished (EU) projects on health and safety and environmental issues in the hairdressing salons. Thereafter, the presentation of the models with a sustainable hair creation took place on stage. Students of the participating countries and their teachers had prepared a mini hair show.

After a short brake the program continued with the following theme-workshops:

  • Ventilation
  • Gloves
  • Certification
  • Ingredients
  • Waste management
  • Awareness on sustainability.

In the main conference room there was a presentation on the project activities and results.

During the whole afternoon a small information market was organised in the main room, with stands of the partners demonstrating the content and outputs of the project, like learning material, a physical sustainability game, a diagnostic scanner and a sustainable game, both internet applications, the research and results at the expert meeting. The conference ended at 18.00 hrs . Approximately 120 visitors were present at the conference, including sector representatives, teachers, students and entrepreneurs.

More information: www.greensalon.eu