Skills4Cities is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The main objective of the project is to develop and test learning and validation tools for the training of experts, personnel and managers of smart cities for their newly emerging roles. Skills4Cities is a continuation of another Erasmus+ project - Smart Technologies by Design.
The project partners of Skills4Cities are from Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Spain and Austria.
The project aim is to develop a competencies map, referent competencies framework, recognition, and validation of new curricula and training materials for experts of smart cities projects at European level who are currently recruited or will be engaged to work for the cities after respective training. Thus, the project will support the learning paths for the newly emerging roles/professions of the smart cities projects management and implementation.
Skills4Cities is aimed at understanding better the challenges the smart city projects bring during their design and implementation and to propose new job roles of the experts involved in this process. The novelty is that the project clarifies the fields of the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are of critical importance for the efficiency of the smart city projects, and elaborates a model for upgrading the competencies of main target groups.
About 60 participants, including experts from the project partners and associated organizations, will be directly involved in the project. Another 100 members of the target groups will participate in two dissemination events in Sofia and Cluj. The main project activities will focus mainly on studying, mapping, designing and verifying the two planned project outputs.
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The smart cities concept comprises initiatives that use digital innovation to make urban services more efficient, thus increasing the overall competitiveness of a community.
The smart city competencies are specific, identifiable, definable, and measurable knowledge, skill, ability that the professionals in the city government or related institutions need to possess to effectively govern the smart cities.
Considering the emerging technologies and the digital transformation of the cities the urban management requires new competencies that the education systems provide currently quite fragmented.
The new era smart cities need staff with new upgraded competencies.
The Smart Skills for Smarter Cities [Skills4Cities] Project No. 2020-1-BG01-KA202-079071 has been co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.