Below you can download the short description for the project Erasmus+ Capacity building in the field of Vocational Education and Training




1  General information

Project Name: Strengthening resilience by offering targeted national and local scientific and practical training activities for capacity building and awareness-raising of the risks and impacts of man made disasters.


Project Duration: 36 months  


2 – Participants

List of participating organisations


Participating Organisation Legal Name County Role

Logo and web link

2. Volunteer fire department Sveti Nikole North Macedonia Partner
3. Emergency Management Agency – EMA Kosovo Partner
5. HI POLIEX AD Montenegro Partner
6. RESHUB LTD BG Partner
7. BLSafety Solutions                                                     Kosovo Partner
8. Institute of Management of Manmade and Natural Disasters-Panhellenic Network for Civil Protection and Crisis Management-SCE EL Associate  


Priority:             2 – A Europe fit for the digital age

Domain:             D-2-2 – Empowering people through education and skills

Policy area:       P-2-3 – Economy and Society


Strategic Objectives (SO)

SO.1: Connecting education and vocational training with man made disasters

SO.2: Support cooperation, capacity building and awareness in public communities of the participating member states on emergency response measures and actions (Workshops / Private Sector-HEI events)

SO.3: Promote scientific and practical approaches to private sector Safety and Security Personnel, Civil

Protection Personnel for extreme emergency situations

Operational Objectives (OO)

OO.1: Design and implementation an effective and efficient vocational education and training system

OO.2: Design an innovative approach that each participant will follow its own path



O.1: Provide high quality training for both civil protection and private sector Safety and Security personnel to increase readiness and action ability

O.2: Facilitate and support professionals by validating practices acquired in the field

O.3: Identify knowledge and performance gaps through various comprehensive training needs assessments

O.4: Develop a common e-training curriculum resulting the cooperation between 6 countries (Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Greece, Republic of North Macedonia & Bulgaria) based on findings gathered from simulations (Discussion Exercises) that will address existing knowledge and performance gaps O.5: Develop an e-platform, accessible from any portable device to host the training modules and develop a community of demanders

O.6: Generate new and better simulation scenarios to improve the knowledge database through collaboration of experienced professionals from different countries

O.7: Mitigate the resource availability issues, sharing already existing installations among participants of the Project, both on-site and through distance learning

O.8: Further use and mainstreaming of a successful training model.





Using the simulation facilities and online technology, the GROWTH Project will develop an e-training curriculum based on the real needs and the cognitive profile of the target groups, which can be applied in different stages of both civil protection and private sector Safety and Security training personnel:

•  e-learning educational platform

•  e-training modules

•  online technologies to bring remote training closer to face-to-face training

•  Skills Retention Service


•  Provide a high-quality innovative, flexible, and affordable training curriculum for both civil protection and private sector Safety and Security personnel

•  GROWTH will raise skill and performance levels and will serve the digitalization efforts of the field

•  Enhance VET providers offer online training with remote control practices

•  Improve collaboration between Partners and sharing of best practices and resources

•  Establish simulation training as mainstream methodology

•  Provide visibility of EU innovative and effective disaster management practices

•  In order to maximize impact, GROWTH curriculum will be available for consultation and to be included in future disaster management training. Moreover, Trainees will be accredited to perform in their turn as future trainers.


The goal of this training course is to support mobility and provide Civil Protection Personnel & Private sector Safety and Security Personnel individuals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities, allowing them to respond to Natural Gas Fires and Emergencies, such as those depict below:

An educational line is the following:

  1. Awareness of the different types of pipelines (Natural Gas, Oil, other fuels etc) and their   purposes
  2. Ability to recognize a pipeline right-of-way
  3. Knowledge of the information contained on pipeline markers
  4. Awareness of information available through various mapping systems
  5. Ability to recognize a pipeline leak
  6. Awareness of the potential hazards associated with a pipeline leak
  7. Knowledge of the actions to take in response to a pipeline leak, including the essential communications that may be necessary
  8. An understanding of how to coordinate response efforts with operators
  9. Response to Natural Gas Fires and Emergencies
  10.   Knowledge of the action’s operators take to maintain the integrity of pipelines
  11. Awareness of the additional resources that are available
  12.   Handle Decontamination and Clean Up



Work Package 1 – Project management and coordination

T1.1 – General Management

T1.2 – Technical Coordination

T1.3 – Quality Assurance and Risk Management

Work Package 2 – Application Requirements and Specifications

T2.1 – Educational Material Requirements

T2.2 – GROWTH Platform Requirements

T2.3 – Deployment Specifications

Work Package 3 – Curriculum Development

T3.1 – Development of Educational Material

T3.2 – Experiment and Project Design

T3.3 – Teaching Methodology

Work Package 4 – GROWTH platform, Integration and Deployment

T4.1 – Development of the GROWTH platform

T4.2 – GROWTH Deployment

T4.3 – Demonstrator Setup & Mobility

T4.4 – Approach Benchmarking

Work Package 5 – Exploitation and Dissemination

T5.1 – Coordination of Dissemination

T5.2 – Project Marketing & Promotion

T5.3 – Project Exploitation Planning


OBJECTIVES of Work Packages

This WP will produce, implement and monitor the dissemination, communication and exploitation strategies of the project. The objective is to maximize the impact of the project, ensuring proper dissemination and communication of the project results to raise awareness to the scientific and industrial stakeholders and, subsequently, generate demand and further adoption of its approach. The detailed objectives are to (1) widely disseminate and communicate the project concept, developments and findings to all key actors in the broader community and respective bodies using effective communication means and strategies, (2) create and publish scientific contributions valuable for the related research community, (3) collaborate with other European projects or interest groups in the relevant topics, (4) participate in appropriate European and worldwide events (workshops, seminars, conferences, etc.) targeted at project topics with the ultimate goal to showcase the project results and, subsequently, to prepare the way for a successful business development of the project outcomes, (5) define a sustainable framework and feasible business models to ensure the future evolution and maintenance of the project results and, at the same time, generate business opportunities for the partners and the community. Dissemination means include, among others, the use of the project’s portal, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), e- newsletters as well as limited printed material.


DESCRIPTION on Work Package 5

– Exploitation and Dissemination

T5.1: Coordination of Dissemination

GROWTH will develop a whole set of communication and dissemination actions in a variety of online and offline dissemination channels, tailored to the needs of stakeholders, with the aim to maximise the visibility of the project.

T5.2: Project Marketing & Promotion

Design and production of a visual identity and corporate materials: image design and graphical elements to reinforce the visual impact and synthesized information of the project in the different events.

Development of project website: design, setup and continuous updates throughout the project duration. It will contain general information about the project as well as the achieved results and project´s news/events. Moreover, the project website will create links with social media channels, communication material (visual and audio-visual content) and press releases/articles around the project and related topics.

GROWTH will use social networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) not only to communicate its progress and results, but also to increase the impact and visibility of the project because of addressing multiple stakeholders and more professional audiences.

Network activities: organization of academic and social events not only to disseminate results, collect feedback and define next steps and boost uptake of the project results, but also to increase the number and level of collaboration with EU Cluster initiatives relevant for the project. An event will be also organized to present the results of the project, implications and policy recommendations to a wider audience.

T5.3: Project Exploitation Planning

Dissemination tools will be designed and implemented to support knowledge sharing and increase the exploitation potential of the project´s results, including e.g. e-Newsletters, social media and/or Scientific/technical publication



The general expected impact from the implementation of the action is a social change in the local and national community, including better cooperation between all relevant state and local institutions in charge of civil protection of the population, the Directorate for Protection and Rescue and the Crisis Management Center of North Macedonia, the entire business community, all the active voluntary fire departments in the country, between the non-governmental sector and the relevant local institutions and authorities in order to meet the expectations of the citizens who are directly affected by the disasters caused by the human factor. The ultimate benefit of all the activities and products that will result from the project is the whole society, that is, the people, institutions and business community that make it up with all the man-made incidents. As a result of the project, VFD Sveti Nikole also expects an increase in the capacities of its membership, through the acquisition of new crucial knowledge, which it will share in the direction of increasing awareness and conscientiousness of the entire community, through the organization of workshops, campaigns, etc. Acquired new innovative, scientific and practical knowledge in the business sector for the protection and safety of employees in catastrophic situations. We believe that the implementation of the project, in addition to other effects, will indirectly affect the perception of influence and the opportunities offered by the civil sector through volunteerism and civic engagement. Also, we expect to improve the cooperation and collaboration between the partners in the action, their mutual cooperation will provide an opportunity to sharing and express different ideas, attitudes, opinions, experiences which will in turn initiate indirect social changes and promote common causes, but also open opportunities for participatory and active participation of citizens and the business sector, in the direction of reducing the risk factors produced by humans and his carelessness and lack of education about the consequences of his behavior towards public goods.