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The DEMO or DIE project is expected to have a positive impact on all partner organizations due to their practical applicability. The delivery of online training for a highly progressive technological area such as 3D Printing will enable all partners to broaden their scope and provide high quality training, with the possibility of becoming a European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF) Approved Training Body. All partner organizations will be able to empower their educational staff on using innovative tools and teaching methodologies in this new training course, thereby raising the profile and teaching excellence of the trainers. The DEMO or DIE project outcomes will be disseminated by all partners beyond the project consortium, including all 31 members from EWF throughout Europe and with the wide contact network from ISQ, AITIIP, Brunel University, LMS and FAVORITANSWER. By being directly involved in the development of DEMO or DIE project’s results, partners will be able to exchange knowledge and expertise, thereby extending the sharing of good practices. Outside the consortium, DEMO or DIE will make a continuous and direct positive impact on identified target groups such as Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education (HE) personnel, as well as stakeholders from VET Centers, National Qualification Authorities, Universities and the manufacturing industry. Due to the European scale of this project, it is expected that the project has the same impact in all European countries, since Marketing & Dissemination and Exploitation and Valorisation plans will target all EU countries and not just partner countries. The consortium believes the impact of DEMO or DIE project on its target groups will remain substantial and grow as the 3D Printing industry continues to thrive.

The DEMO or DIE project will also have a significant impact across Europe because it will address an existent gap observed in the current education and technological market, covering the need to qualify emerging professionals such as young adults working in this sector. By delivering these new courses, the online training programme will allow us to address the European Union's targets and its objectives. The impact and validation at European level will be assured by all DEMO or DIE partners by using their respective networks. The European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF) will contribute towards the expected impact and validation by disseminating the results to its 31 member countries through activities and networking channels, using regular communication and through annual conferences, regular meetings, social media and newsletters. The project outcomes will also be translated in four languages, namely in English, Portuguese, Greek and Spanish so that future users can benefit from it beyond the lifetime of this project. In the long term, it is expected that this European programme can be transferred to an international level due to the collaboration between EWF and other International Authorized Bodies (IAB) outside Europe, namely Brazil, Indonesia or Australia. These partners countries currently adopt the EWF Qualification System in their countries and they can be further informed about the online 3D printing course and to apply it for the best interest of their local needs. The national impact of the DEMO or DIE project is also significant, as it will increase the training outlook in the 3D Printing sector by delivering these new courses, thus ensuring a systematic approach in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education (HE) systems. Local VET and HE Providers can close the digital and technological skills gap and set up an industry-based network to strongly promote these programmes. Also, at local level it will address the need for knowledge required by the local community using a 3D Printer. Training and common European tools such as Learning Outcomes, EQF, ECVET points and credits will allow the transparency and recognition of competences, and thus increasing the future. mobility of the trainees. Lastly, the inclusive nature of the program ensures that users who are less proficient in digital skills are not disadvantaged. We will ensure that the content is user-friendly and the information is clear and simple to understand. Where possible, the materials will be made available in the four languages. Having an inclusive digital environment will also ensure that we achieve the desired impact at all levels.

A) Short term impact will be achieved through the following measures:

  • Local and regional levels in each partner country will be reached through national pilot events;
  • National level will be reached through dissemination and valorization activities developed by each partner in their own country;
  • European level will be reached through dissemination and valorization activities among each partners’ networks.

B) Long term impact will be achieved through the following measures:

  • National level will be reached through continuous dissemination and valorization activities promoted by each partner; further implementation of tools; valorisation and implementation of the innovative 3D printing courses by National Authorities;
  • European level will be reached through dissemination and valorization activities among partners' networks, which include the implementation of DEMO or DIE online courses;
  • European level will also be reached through the EWF members network to ensure the transfer of the project results to other European countries through the annual conference;
  • International level will be reached through the collaboration between EWF and the International Authorized Body (IAB).

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