BLANKCON is a small consultancy company owned by Hans Blankestijn. BLANKCON. It has expertise in project management and consultancy in European projects, mainly for secondary vocational education in the “green” (agricultural) sector. The origin of BLANKCON can be found in AOC Raad, the Dutch Union of Agricultural Educational Centers (=AOC). As such Hans Blankestijn was responsible for many European projects. But he was also active in projects in India, China, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
BLANKCON’s expertise is in three directions:
– Technical aspects of VET, including quality affairs and marketing,
– Educational aspects related to qualification structures, EQF and ECVET
– Educational greening issues related to the new green economy with themes like biobased and circular economy, sustainability and urban greening.
These three directions find each other in the development of (digital) learning and training materials and web-based learning platforms. Hans Blankestijn has also been a member of the Dutch National ECVET expert group. BLANKCON also offers expertise in marketing and promotion of knowledge in the green educational sector.
Hilda Weges (https://www.linkedin.com/in/hildaweges/) from INTREEGUE studied Educational Technology and started her career as a teacher in primary education. After finalizing her study at the University of Groningen she worked as an Educational Technologist and Researcher for more then 10 years at the Open University of The Netherlands and later on as policy maker and manager at the National Green Education Council of Agricultural VET schools in The Netherlands. As owner of INTREEGUE Green Projects & Photography she participates in several International Erasmus+ projects. She has a lot of experience and a large network in the field of education (from pre-vet to university and supporting organisations. Her fields of expertise are: sustainability issues related to education (urban) greening issues, food transition and systems and digitalisation.
Elke Halm cooperates as a freelance worker with BLANKCON for several years. She also participates in the BIOCOMP-project and the SKIFF project. She has a PhD in agriculture. For many years she was head of the unit for agricultural education and advice in the Ministry of Agriculture in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. She was also working at the European Commission DG Enlargement in Brussels for one year. She is an expert in Marketing. As such she works in the Landesmarketing Office in Schwerin, directly related to the Prime Ministry.