TIM Training Innovation Competences in the metalworking sector

Lifelong Learning Programme

The steel industry is one of the key sectors at European level, not only for being one of the main generators of employment, but also for being one of the most profitable of all European manufacturing.

This is recognized by the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission in its publication “Spotlight on Europe’s invisible sector”, pointing to Germany followed by Italy, France, UK and Spain as the largest producers. However, the sector is not free of problems, exacerbated by the global economic crisis to be faced. Among them, the need to improve the skills of its workers and deploy skills related to creativity and innovation that result in improved business competitiveness.

Palle Rasmussen defines creativity as:

The ability of a person, given certain resources and context, to effect visible innovation in a domain of knowledge and practice.

The competence includes three components:

  1. transfer and combination skills;
  2. balanced autonomy
  3. focusing ability and discipline

The TIM project is co-financed by the European Union through the Lifelong Learning Programme and is the result of collaboration of organizations from 6 countries: Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Poland and Greece. The project's objective is to develop an on-line collaborative learning environment to develop creativity among workers in the metal industry so that they will be the drivers of the introduction of innovation in the metalworking companies.


The main objective of the project proposed here is to develop creativity among workers in the metalworking sector so they will be able to react and adapt to the changes in the demands of their work in order to improve the competitiveness of the companies in this sector.

To do so, the project aims to detect training necessities among the workers in the metalworking sector, provide trainers of these workers with the necessary resources to make their training actions more effective and adapted to the current demands of the global markets and facilitate the exchange of good practices among workers and trainers for a continuous improvement in the development of their work.

The project aims to provide workers of the metalworking sector with the necessary competences to enhance their creativity so they will be able to incorporate innovation to their daily work and contribute to the reinforcement of the sector, based on the use of a collaborative online environment.


Fundación FORMETAL is a non-profit organization governed by a Board elected from the Federación Vizcaína de Empresas del Metal.

Its founding purposes are: Professional development of workers at all levels, both employed and unemployed, as well as preparation for employability and improve the competitiveness of enterprises and organizations.

The target group of the foundation are employers and workers belonging to metal industry of Biscay that fit into any established job categories within companies. FORMETAL FOUNDATION is aware of the absence of a training space in different areas of research and new technologies, promote scholarships through agreements with companies that allow the development and adaptation of systems that promote the incorporation of young graduates to the market.

Another of its areas of activity is the publication of business management manuals that are freely distributed among workers of the metal industry.

Hellenic Management Association (HMA) is a not-profit organisation with the mission of contributing to the promotion, dissemination and promulgation of modern management principles, methods and practices.

Hellenic Management Association (HMA) was established in 1962.

HMA has members, both corporate - enterprises and organisations of the private and public sector - and individuals - medium and top-level executives, entrepreneurs, professors and students.

The Hellenic Management Association incorporates five Institutes, specialising in a particular function of Management and four Sectors that deal with general business issues.

The HMA has trained more than 400,000 people during its 49 years of existence and it counts with a wide network of professionals, academic institutions, public administrations and training providers. It has also developed more than 14,000 training programmes.

Studio Centro Veneto sas (SCV in short) is a training and consultancy company founded in 1968, in Vicenza.

It offers qualified services for micro and SMEs, in the field of: educational training, general management, quality approaches, marketing and, above all, business transfer processes (research, training, first aid and continuous consultancy).

SCV has strong links with the public sector (national and regional authorities, Chambers of Commerce, Universities and research centres) and with the private sector (handcraft, trade and industry associations, training centres, consultants).

The most relevant partner of SCV as far as the project proposed here is concerned is Apindustria Vicenza, an association of SMEs, half of its members belonging to the metalworking sector.

Mistia is one of the largest NGOs in Malopolska Region.

Since your foundation in 1991, it has been working to support development of the civic state sector and promoting the idea of partner collaboration at the regional/local level. It creates opportunities for improving management methods of public administration, NGOs and SMEs sectors and supporting individuals considering entrepreneurial activities.

Mistia provides its activities according to ISO standards and is active in: training, projects implementation, consulting and advisory services, research activities, operation of 17 forums formed of local government employees.

Since 1996 Mistia has been registered in the National Service System-NGO network specializing in the provision of a variety of services to entrepreneurs and business start-up.

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI) is a knowledge management oriented company with the mission to manage projects that foster innovation and promote international opportunities.

SPI provides services in 3 areas: Training, Consulting and R&D. SPI has a permanent staff of nearly 50 people in several offices worldwide. SPI is accredited by the DGERT with recognized capacity to conduct a range of training activities.

SPI has experience in using different training methodologies for various target groups and applies innovative pedagogical approaches, including e-Learning. SPI has experience too in developing training plans, identifying/selecting training resources, developing didactic materials, supervising and evaluating training courses and assessing the impact of training programs, among others.

SPI has an excellent track-record of participation in projects co-funded by community programmes, with recognized quality of tasks performed.

Inveslan is a private research organization working in the field of: training, specially professional training and adults educations; ICT mainly those applied to learning environments and management; Gender Issues; Employment; Knowledge Management; Disadvantaged collectives; Evaluation.

Inveslan leads, coordinates and participates in the development and experimentation of training itineraries, contents and methodologies that promote social and labour inclusion of vulnerable collectives.

Inveslan's expertise comprises three main typologies of initiatives: the promotion, development and improvement of competences and qualifications, mainly at the VET level but also at adults' education level; the development of tools and methodologies for the improvement of entrepreneurial management and entrepreneurship; the promotion inclusive social and labour environments, on the basis of intercultural, intergenerational and gender balanced grounds.

e-Training Solutions is a small private company which develops innovative on-line and off-line synchronous and asynchronous training resources.

Main areas of expertise are multimedia production, writing and developing instructional materials, conducting needs assessments. eTS develops and supports a proprietary content management system for websites and electronic books.


TIM Project Final Conference. Vicenza

Italy | 9 July 2015

TIM partnership presented The TIM online Collaborative Learning Environment to the enterprises which took part in the event. The conference also allowed participants to share professional experiences about creativity and innovation in the metalworking sector, among others.