Advance Your Green Manufacturing Skills with the EIT Manufacturing Teaching Factories Competition

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The EIT Manufacturing Teaching Factories Competition is a collaboration space where practitioners bring experience from the factory to teach students, while students and faculties bring knowledge from the classroom to teach practitioners. Apply today to deepen your knowledge on green manufacturing!

EIT Manufacturing, one of the 8 Knowledge and Innovation Communities from EIT (European Institute of Technology), understands that one of the key ways of transforming knowledge into value is by overcoming the fragmented nature of many innovation networks. To ensure that innovations reach the market, industry requires the right talent and entrepreneurs to thrive. That’s why EIT Manufacturing connects and integrates the areas of education, innovation, and business creation.

What is EIT Manufacturing’s Teaching Factories Competition?

The Teaching Factories Competition on Green Manufacturing is an initiative of advanced training dedicated to university students and VET (Vocational Education & Training) students promoted by EIT Manufacturing.

The competition is one the lighthouse initiatives of EIT Manufacturing’s Education Pillar. The main objective of the initiative is to promote the use of the Teaching Factories educational methodology, by promoting the benefits of collaboration between academia and business in the context of manufacturing innovation. As future talents need to be equipped with the skills necessary for coping with increasing and changing requirements, with the Teaching Factory methodology, the students form teams and solve real-life industry problems in a learning environment.

Who Should Join the Competition?

EIT Manufacturing seeks applications from companies, universities and vocational education and training (VET) centers under two separate calls and under the thematics of Green Manufacturing.

How You Can Tackle the Challenges Global Manufacturing Faces

The EIT Manufacturing Teaching Factories Network enables companies and learners to interact on a wide variety of challenges and disciplines. This initiative aims to:

  • Allow companies to learn about and experience the benefits of using advanced knowledge and methods taught in the universities to improve their processes/products
  • Address manufacturing challenges through the application of the Teaching Factories paradigm and framework
  • Enable university and VET students to test their competences by applying them to real industrial problems, in turn, improving their preparation (Challenge-Based Learning)
  • Offer teachers and industrial mentors an opportunity to support students in generating solutions in a collaborative environment facilitated by the Teaching Factories methodology
  • Facilitate participating companies to benefit from solutions and ideas to solve their challenges and adopt green manufacturing practices

Key Dates for the EIT Manufacturing Teaching Factories Competition

Application Deadline

  • 30 March 2022: Last Date for Applications from Companies
  • 06 April 2022: Last Date for Applications from Universities & VET Centers

Program Timeline

  • 31 March – 13 April 2022: evaluation and communication of the results to the selected organizations or universities, next steps of the competition is set up.
  • 28 April 2022: an online kick-off event with institutional presentations about the challenges and optimization objectives.
  • 20 June 2022: deadline for delivering the results package for assessment by an evaluation committee composed by members of the companies proposing the challenges, as well as the participating universities and VET organizations.
  • From 15 September 2022: pitching sessions for each individual challenge and selection of the winning team for participating in the final pitching session in the award ceremony.
  • October/November 2022: final event and award ceremony with presentation of the Results in a pitching session by the Solver Teams to a Jury composed by selected experts in an open event.

Ultimately, the EIT Manufacturing Teaching Factories strives to accelerate innovation with the potential to improve everyday life globally, help meet Europe’s ambitious climate goals, and ensure that its workforce is ready for tomorrow’s challenges.

Ready to Transform your Green Manufacturing Knowledge & Ideas into Implementation? Click this link & apply today!