ebbey logo

So far the worldwide economy is mainly oil-based. Fossil energy sources are used for fuel, for heating, for the production of a wide range of products like plastics, medicines, food additives, etc.   This oil-based economy, however, has many consequences like global warming due to a growing production of carbon dioxide and the dependency on unstable countries.

These consequences have led to a search for alternatives for oil in many sectors:
–  renewable energy, like wind and solar energy,
–  bio-fuel, like bio-diesel, bio-gases,
– production of raw materials for further processing, like fibers, dyes, medicines, food additives, etc.


NL: AOC Raad -NL: Business Development Friesland – NL: Helicon Opleidingen – DK: Jordbrugets Uddannelses Centree Arhus  FI:  SEDU Adult Education – HU: VM KAZSK – GE: BILSE – SL: Slovak Agriculture University Petri – BE:  EUROPEA


As companies move ahead in this field of Bio Based Economy (BBE), education got behind. At EU policy and research level, there is a lot of attention for the BBE topic , but not (yet) on educational level! Vocational colleges in the agricultural sector in Europe experience problems to deliver well qualified workers to innovative companies in the Bio Based Economy. In general, teachers do not have the specific training materials at hand, directly related to the new BBE. Most VET colleges (EQF3-4) do not possess the right and specific educational materials that fit the BBE challenge.   EBBEY aims to fulfil this gap of concrete materials by developing a Community of Practice that features exactly this.

The end result of EBBEY will be practical learning and support materials on Bio Based Economy topics such as sustainability and renewable energy, to be used directly in and outside the class room. A multilingual online resource platform will be developed as well as a teacher-trains-teacher program.

 EBBEY is a so-called Transfer of Innovation project within the Leonardo Da Vinci programme. This means the projects builds on existing materials and transfers that to other users and countries. For EBBEY the most notable sources we have so far are the materials Helicon has set up for their Green Engineering study program, and secondly the work done by various branches of EUROPA-international in a former LdV Partnership project called CHAVET where especially policy documents were developed to get school management attention for BBE. These two sources combined, and in addition the materials other partner possess will be the basis for EBBEY’s development of a Community of Practice.


  1.  to supply vocational college teachers with the learning materials, the guidelines and online platform to include Bio Based Economy topics in and outside the classroom;
  2. to give teachers a better insight of competences that are required for the current and future employees;
  3. to enable teachers to interest and educate their direct colleagues;
  4. to align the management of VET schools & teachers to effectively implement, connecting policy & practice.

The EBBEY partners have set up a Community of Practice. This is an online platform for vocational school teachers and trainers to find:
– learning materials on green topics like renewable energy ;
– exercises and experiments to be used in and outside the class room
– and much more.
Visit the Community of Practice here: https://ebbeycop.wordpress.com/website

Hans Blankestijn was the overall project leader of EBBEY on behalf of the AOC Raad.  Hilda Weges developed the Community of Practise and Elke Halm was responsabel  for the marketing and in particular the transnational EBBEY contest.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *