Extended Classrooms for Higher Opportunities Enhancing Skills

Contributing to innovation in VET

ECHOES Project intends to address some of the main obstacles and needs linked to teachers, trainers and mentors engaged in distance learning and digital learning processes.

The VET learners' digital gap

The ECHOES project focuses on two of the most significant recent developments in VET: distance learning (methodologies, tools and resources) and digital online learning.

The COVID-19 highlighted the potential of digital technologies. Nevertheless, many barriers impede to distance and online learning in VET systems to deploy all its potential.

Main objective of the project

ECHOES aims at getting professionals in the field of VET ready to manage virtual training and extended classrooms tailored for unemployed people or people with little job experience or education.

The specific Objectives of the ECHOES project are:
– to provide a comprehensive understanding on context, techonologies, skills gaps, training needs in the field of continuous training based on the use of ICT based solutions and online training for VET trainers, tutors, counsellors, curriculum planners and evaluators;
– to improve digital skills and abilities of VET teachers, trainers and mentors engaged in distance learning processes by offering them freely accessible learning pathways to make efficient use of the platforms, tools and educational resources for creation of digital teaching components;
– to contribute to the creation of learning pathways at local, regional and national levels (and, possibly, the related recognition systems) for VET teachers, trainers and mentors engaged in distance learning processes addressed to unemployed, inspired to the relevant European Frameworks.

Project Outcomes

State of Art and Research Report

Review and analysis of the best practices (programs, methodologies, tools) and skills gaps of trainers and staff in the field of virtual training.

ECHOES Toolkit

Classification and selection of the training programs and the didactical and technology resources and determination of the needs or conditions.

ECHOES Pilot Training Course

Pilot Training Course for the empowerment of digital skills of teachers and trainers supporting virtual learnings in VET and WBL systems.


Design and Implementation of an Open Educational Resource-OER which might evolve into an open online center.

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