SPI has recently taken part in the Train-the-Trainer course in Wolfsberg, Austria. The course was organized under the scope of the COSIMA project and aims to prepare trainers in applying the instrument of the FIS (Factory in the Seminar Room, originally developed in Germany by the Learning Factory – www.learning-factory.org) in all of the COSIMA participant countries.
The Learning Factory is a simple yet powerful business simulation programme for promoting process optimization methods and continuous improvement within an organisation. It is based on a real product as all processes within the supply chain, including administrative procedures - such as accounting, planning and control – and quality management are simulated as in a factory involved in the installation of industrial plugs and sockets. This method aims to facilitate awareness of the ‘big picture’: processes, interfaces and the need for communication, leadership and teamwork.
SPI will now transfer and adapt the instrument in Portugal, offering this training to vocational trainers, young people in career orientation, apprenticeships and to adolescent employees.
The COSIMA project (Competence Building in Simulation processes for Apprentices and Adolescent Employees) started in October 2013 and has a duration of 2 years. Funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme – Leonardo da Vinci – Innovation Transfer, it is coordinated by the German organization bfw – Unternehmenn für Bildung, and involves 8 partners from 7 different countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.
For more information about the project, please visit the project website: http://project-cosima.eu/