‘Under Construction – Key Skills Making Top Professionals in Construction and Habitat 4.0’ is a Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership in the domain of Vocational Education and Training. The project addresses the upskilling of competencies of professionals and of VET learners in seven domains: carpentry, bricklaying, wall & floor tilling, cabinetmaking/joinery, domotics, design & technologies and 3D printing. The project rationale lays on previous needs’ assessment by the partnership, verifying how current labour markets’ trends are shaped by increased competitiveness, thus requiring fast updates and upgrades of professional skills. It becomes then necessary to facilitate the conditions for such upskilling, particularly in ‘traditional’ professions, but also in emerging and fast evolution professions.

The project proposes has created (i) a guideline of key skills required to high professional performers (top professionals) in construction and habitat 4.0. currently, partners are committed to develop (ii) a training course curriculum for each of the embraced professional domains, (iii) a multilingual e-Learning platform to deliver the courses and (iv) a roadmap for exploitation and inclusion of the courses in official VET systems, once they have been piloted and validated. Further details about each of these results are progressively delivered and available in section ‘Results’.

The partnership is led by the company APLOAD Lda (www.apload.pt), from Portugal, and includes the Asociacion Empresarial de Investigacion Centro Tecnologico del Mueble y la Madera de La Region de Murcia, from Spain (www.cetem.es), the Institut für Lern-Innovation – Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen Nuernberg, from Germany (www.ili.fau.de), the Consorzio Materahub Industrie Culturali e Creative, from Italy (www.materahub.com), the company MERK, from The Netherlands and the VET Training Centre of the Civil Construction sector, CICCOPN – Centro de Formação Profissional da Indústria da Construção Civil e Obras Públicas do Norte, from Portugal (www.ciccopn.pt). Further details about each partner Institution are available in section “Partners”.