CO-CREATE was an Erasmus+ cooperation project that created, piloted and shared a curriculum, handbooks and visual training material on co-design: a set of valuable design skills that has gained increased relevance in recent years.

The term co-design describes an approach to design that attempts to actively involve all stakeholders (e.g. employees, partners, customers, citizens, end users) in the design process to ensure the result meets their needs and is ultimately usable. This brings about a great range of benefits for their product or service such as a better fit to the customer’s needs, profitability or brand loyalty. 

The curriculum is dedicated to VET providers to provide their learners with all the hands-on knowledge they will need to apply this process to their future professional practice. CO-CREATE also provides short video learning materials and hands-on handbooks on the basic skills of co-design processes. 

It was an initiative of 6 partners committed to supporting the creative industries sector across Europe: Creative Region (Austria), University of Art and Design (Austria), Academy of Fine Arts and Design (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), Deusto University (Spain), Creative Industry Kosice (Slovakia) and the European Creative Business Network (The Netherlands).

The Erasmus+ funding for CO-CREATE ran from 2016 to 2018.

Challenges encountered during the project:

  • Bringing together different worlds of academics and VET practitioners, and extracting the best of these 2 worlds. 
  • Validation in European and National Qualification Frameworks because they are not prepared to categorize informal learning process in the European VET framework. 

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