About the project
The EQVEGAN project has been funded by the European Commission through the Sector Skills Alliance Programme (SSA) as part of the Key Action 2 projects. Sector Skills Alliances aim at tackling skills gaps, by identifying sector specific labour market needs and demand for new skills with regard to one or more occupational profiles, or by enhancing the responsiveness of initial and continuing VET systems, at any level, to sector–specific labour market needs.
The food industry is changing due to several driving forces, based on the consumer changes toward plant-based diets, leading to an increased share of production by the vegan food industry, that to maintain competitiveness needs to master new processes and technologies. Additionally, the food industry is subject to more demanding sustainability requirements, that together with digitalization and automatization trends, are quickly changing the required skills of its workers. Innovative trainings covering these technical issues are needed to support the quick change towards the vegan food industry adapted to Industry4.0.
EQVEGAN is a Sector Skills Alliance composed by 15 institutions from 11 countries. The institutions cover diverse profiles, including VET providers from EQF levels 4 to 7, companies, associations of industries, associations of food industry professionals and of teachers and researchers, ministry of science and technology and a qualification agency. The consortium covers the necessary competences to design innovative and highly qualified training, enabling an upskilling and conversion of skills according to market needs, with the use of the EU quality and reference tools, which will accelerate the qualified growth of this sector.
The Alliance will design and offer innovative trainings to professionals and students from EQF levels 4 to 7, in 7 languages (English, Croatian, Finnish, French, Polish, Portuguese and Turkish). The Alliance will develop a Skills Portal that will include a stakeholder’s database, reviewed occupational profiles, and an apprenticeship database. A European scheme for job profile certification will be devised and guidelines for recognition informed by sectoral qualifications will be prepared, promoting the trans-national mobility of professionals, that ultimately will be leading to an effective impact in the EU food industry.