The food and drink industry is the EU's biggest manufacturing sector in terms of jobs and value added. Modern skills and competences meeting the job market are required to food technologists and professionals in a continuously and rapidly changing working and societal environment.
Lack of communication and constructive training frameworks for joint educational activities among all stakeholders are limiting the modernisation and innovation of the food value chain.
ASKFOOD (www.askfood.eu) is aimed to develop activities to:
-Upgrade and modernize training and educational methodologies in the food-related sectors.
- Leverage of innovation and entrepreneurial mindset of the future generation of HE graduates.
- Improve academia-industry and stakeholders interplay in a Quintuple Helix innovation model at EU and international level.
1) Cross-industry knowledge platforms – ASKFOOD Knowledge and Training Hub and Clusters – to support innovative multi-actor
food clusters in the EU where permanent and mutual learning and training schemes are aimed at upscaling, innovating, creating and merging future skills for the food sector;
2) An open innovation framework – ASKFOOD Digital Business and Training Ecosystem, DBTE – to modernise HE food studies in response to common and cross-sectoral challenges connected with food production and waste and, more generally, the food system;
3) Testing for innovative mapping and co-designs for training (ASKFOOD Labs, Virtual Incubator), supported by open innovation methodologies, thus supporting network dynamics amongst academia and industry, amongst enterprises of different sectors and amongst new talents and senior professionals;
4) An interactive repository of emerging skills and professional profiles in a forward-looking perspective (ASKFOOD Interactive Atlas) which
will forecast future skill needs in the food sector (ASKFOOD Forecast Aggregator), according to the evolution dynamics of the food sector;
5) The ASKFOOD Permanent Observatory – a multisectorial, multidisciplinary environment on food education;
6) Pilot acceleration and growth hacking solutions to support the practical application of entrepreneurial skills up to the creation of
start-ups and spin-offs through ASKFOOD Garage Labs, Virtual Incubator and the Growth Hacking Programme.
7) ASKFOOD Observatory, a multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral environment to identify skills needs and training actions in the food-related sector.
Currently, the following virtual tools have been designed, set and made public
- SMART Atlas
- Forecast aggregator
Under development: DBTE, Interactive Gap Identifier, Observatory