Schools 4.0

Innovation in Vocational Education


The project named “Schools 4.0 – Innovation in Vocational Education” was born from a set of 5 vocational schools belonging to the Network of Schools with Vocational Education guided by researchers from the department of CEDH – Center for Human Development Studies that, informally, organised reflection meetings on the paradigm shifts that must exist in vocational education in order to prepare young people to meet the challenges of the 21st century and whose items are outlined in the 2020 Strategy. These Reflection Works have given rise to concerns and proposals aiming solutions that should be tested and which were shared with some international partners (the case of Denmark and Greece), and it was concluded that there was a need to draw up a verifiable document, above all transferable, and that most vocational schools in Europe could adopt with a success guarantee concerning the change.

It should be underlined the fact that there are 4 schools as active partners and one as an associated partner (by the strategic option of resources), the fact is that this group represents only one will of the coordinating country, which is Portugal. It was chosen for all those who understood that they were partners/trainers to meet different conditions with common problems and that represented the majority of schools with European vocational education (this version was rectified by the vision of the EfVET partner, as the European Association of schools with vocational education).

The activities will be distributed fairly to the various partners in order to define the learning outcomes to be achieved and, as well, the tools for their implementation and consequent evaluation, so that they can be theorized, discussed and approved at the scheduled transnational meetings, including a training course in real work context on the application of digital tools in new learning environments, so that they meet the profile of the student of XXI century.

The presentation of an Intellectual Output “A Pedagogical Innovation Framework for Vocational Education of Sec. XXI” will be conducted by two UCP researchers, experts in education and training, according to the CV attached to this application.

This IO will be presented in paper and e-book form and will be disseminated through a multiplier event (with the presence of government decision-makers linked to the education), accompanied by the publication in the social networks and digital platforms of the partner countries. The medium-term project sustainability will be guaranteed by EfVET and the Catholic University.

In view of the importance of this matter, converted for immediate application in the real context of work, it is expected that a framework will be created to rethink pedagogical practices and identify the changes to be introduced in order to move from a nineteenth-century school to the twenty-first century “School 4.0”, capable of responding to the current challenges of Vocational Education at European level. To that end, it will be considered as a starting point the reference that was the origin of the innovative model of vocational education in Portugal, created in the beginning of the 1990s, in the 20th century, “The Modular Structure in Vocational Schools” (GETAP, Ministry of Education, 1993), of which the two researchers from the UCP, who will accompany this project, were general director and coordinator of a project team for curricular organization and development.


In summary, it is expected to contribute to the change of national and European policies at the education level and in all vocationally-oriented schools throughout Europe, with a proven pedagogical tool that will allow them, within their autonomy and their educational project, to be aware of and better prepared to make their school, with their teachers and students, a school facing the challenges of the 21st century”.


  • Amar Terra Verde Lda (Portugal)


  • Insignare – Associação de Ensino e Formação (Portugal)
  • Kentro Dia Viou Mathisis “Diavima” (Greece)
  • Escola Profissional de Comércio, Escritórios e Serviços do Porto – Associação Raul Dória (Portugal)
  • Køge Business College (Denmark)
  • EPRM, Escola Profissional de Rio Maior, Lda E.M.v (Portugal)
  • European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (Belgium)


Start: 01/09/2018 – End: 30/11/2021 

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