Boosting Human Capital in the 21st Century | 2 Mers Seas Zeeën


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Boosting Human Capital in the 21st Century

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Social Innovation

Lead partner

Provinciale Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij West-Vlaanderen


Date de début


Date de fin


Project budget

3 760 208

ERDF amount

2 256 125

ERDF rate


    À propos

    Common challenge

    Unemployment rates of low-skilled people (level 1-2 in the EU Qualification Framework) in the 2 Seas region remain high, while there is a continuously growing number of operational job openings amongst others in the manufacturing sector. A study of DG Employment and Social Affairs (2015) mentions that a common cause is skills mismatch, either because there are not enough jobseekers with the necessary skills to fill open vacancies or because job requirements by employers do not fit with the competences of jobseekers. This study advises EU members to train the (un)employed. However, learnercentred training is underused in the manufacturing industry, training doesn’t account for barriers to learning experienced by low-skilled people (LSP) and fails to provide solutions to overcome these challenges (Nielson, 2011). Therefore vocational training services for the manufacturing sector in the 2 Seas Region need modernisation by combining expertise of work and education (Marope et al., 2015).



    Vlaamse Dienst voor Arbeidsbemiddeling en Beroepsopleiding (VDAB)

    MidKent College

    Kent County Council


    University of Greenwich


    The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations

    Sud Concept Hauts-de-France


    Maison pour l’Entreprise l’Emploi et la Formation Santerre Haute Somme

    KU Leuven Campus KULAK Kortrijk