connecting eu

give me the short version!

This Erasmus+ KA202 project is based around the “SIF” - a Smart Integrated Factory. The project involves partners from Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic, Finland, Belgium and Austria. It launched in September 2019 and was initially planned as a 24 month project, but due to coronavirus it has been suspended for 12 months and its final 12 months will start again in spring/summer 2021.

Kick-off meeting in Spain, October 2019
Kick-off meeting in Spain, October 2019

what does the project involve?

“Connecting VET for the European Digital Single Market (Connecting EU)” is an interdisciplinary intercultural project involving six EU partners from three fields of vocational education: engineering (BE/CZ), ICT (FI/ES), and business administration (DE/AT).

Goods and services are designed, produced, and distributed internationally – mainly using ICT. Thus it is vital for future specialists in any field to have a basic understanding of ICT-based production, distribution, and communication processes as well as competences necessary to master such interdisciplinary, intercultural (communication) situations.



Connecting EU intends to prepare students for the EU Digital Single Market by improving digital literacy, imparting ICT skills, including migrants and opening up education (Europe 2020 Strategy). It aims to adapt teaching and learning to future technological, economic, environmental, and social challenges resulting from Europeanisation and globalization. At the same time, Connecting EU is a consequence of the need to integrate migrants into the national and European job market. These aims will be achieved in two stages by (1) creating three teaching/learning arrangements (a Web Shop, a Smart Innovative Factory, and a MOOC) that provide teachers/students with tools to impart/acquire European digital vocational competences (in English) and by (2) documenting the didactic processes designed to master these (learning) situations ("European Digital Learning Situations").

3D printed jigsaw puzzles created and printed in Czech Republic for use in the SIF (Belgium)

stage 1

The specific competences needed in this project are: ICT, process automation, business administration, and intercultural communication (in English).


a)   A web shop will be set up that markets (fairly traded) goods as well as services (the web shop will be administered by HAK1 Salzburg).

b)   A Smart Innovative Factory (SIF-400, Training equipment for industry 4.0 from SMC) will be used to develop a selection of the following: web services, smart devices, identification systems, augmented reality, artificial visions, energy saving solutions, industrial management systems. This SIF allows to choose products via the web shop, to fill a container, to store products, to label, to mark, to pack and to stock product holders, to deliver products, to recycle, and to manage production.


c)   A short MOOC (on 3D printing in the SIF) will be produced in English (based on Content Language Integrated Learning). It is also meant to be a tool for successful integration (of migrants) into the EU job market by improving (their) communication competence.

stage 2

The teaching/learning experiences made in stage 1 (integrating ICT into European manufacturing and business administration) will be documented in "European Digital Learning Situations" to make them available to others. 

who is involved?

Fr Forsthuber and Mr Crewe attended a launch meeting in Spain in October 2019. Members of 4AK and 4BK (2019-20) attended a workshop about the SIF in Belgium. 4BK (2021-22) will be working on the webshop aspect in Übungsfirma lessons. Furthermore it is planned that members of 4BK (2021-22) will attend a workshop in Finland focusing on design and serious gaming.

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the small print

This project is funded by Erasmus+ and the European Commission.


Project: 2019-1-DE02-KA202-006079

1. Vilma Niemenmaa in Finland designing her winning logo 2. The winner of the logo design competition was Vilma Niemenmaa in Finland. Here she is receiving her prize, a Wacom tablet, presented by visual expression teacher Kirsi Liljeroos. 3. Presenting the Connecting EU project at the BHAK1 Open Day in Salzburg. The banner was designed by Graham Crewe in Salzburg.