Project Chemlab II

Project Completed (Duration: 01.11.11 - 31.10.13)

Transnational training for chemical lab technicians

Germany is facing a shortage of skilled workers in many areas of industry, including the chemistry sector. The situation is no better in other European countries. The EU Chemlab II project, sponsored by the EU lifelong learning programme ‘Leonardo Da Vinci - Transfer of Innovation’, is seeking to rectify this situation. Its primary goal is to establish a training programme for chemical lab technicians in the participating European countries. In the long-term, Chemlab II hopes to introduce an EU-wide certified training programme which will result in a final examination to achieve the title of ‘EU certified Chemical Laboratory Technician’.

To date, there have been very different training standards in place across Europe leading to the profession of chemical lab technician. Some countries focus more on theory and require a study programme. In Germany, there is a dual training system whereby trainees attend a vocational college as well as undertaking practical work within a company from the outset. However, teaching for the position of chemical lab technician in Germany has a strong national focus. Trainees are given little, if any, opportunity to gather experience abroad. The Chemlab II project therefore aims to establish the dual system in the participating partner countries (Greece, Poland and Turkey) and to make the German training system suitable for Europe. Chemlab II also seeks to offer trainees the opportunity to benefit from a transnational exchange programme, enabling them to complete individual technology modules in the partner countries. In this way, the trainees are able to acquire key soft skills such as inter-cultural competence which is increasingly important to companies across Europe. This improves their chances of finding a job.

Chemlab II strives to meet the need for well-trained chemical lab technicians in Europe as well as helping to combat youth unemployment, which is still at a considerable level in most of the participating countries.

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