Following the publication of the European 'Council conclusions on standardization and innovation' (Brussels, 25 September 2008), CEN and CENELEC, together with ETSI, have created a Joint Working Group at European level (JWG-EaS) to improve overall awareness and exchange best practices on the topic.
The Joint Working Group on Education and Standardization (JWG-EaS) is pleased to have observers from the European Commission and EFTA Secretariat as well as ISO and IEC.
Aim of JWG-EaS
The aim is simple: to raise awareness of standardization and increase the number of people who have a fair and positive knowledge of standardization, its characteristics and its benefit.
Concretely, this constitutes not only educating the young (e.g. by having standardization added to their curricula), but also workers and their managers, government officials, politicians (beyond education ministries) etc. The purpose is to convince them of the benefits of standardization and how standards can help to share knowledge, technology and good practices.
Masterplan on education
The European Standards Organizations (ESOs) have recently adopted a Masterplan on Education about Standardization, which sets the strategy for education about standardization for the coming years. It is a framework for orchestrated action of major stakeholders in Europe, with European level leadership, initiatives and vision, which support nationally coordinated and implemented actions. The European approach is designed to support national standardization bodies in creating their own structures to drive national activities and share best practices.
In order to support the implementation of the Masterplan, 3 Task-Forces (TF) have been set-up under the umbrella of the JWG-EaS i.e. a task force:
- TF ‘Engagement and Partnering’, which will define and implement tailored approaches to key targets and intermediaries (business, educators and trainers);
- TF ‘Repository’, which will look at further developing the online repository of education materials in order to tailor it to users' needs;
- TF 'National Structures’, which will exchange best practices and define an approach to promote the establishment of EaS structures at national level, which is a key element of the Masterplan.
1. The JWG-EaS has developed model curricula to be used by higher education and vocational training organisations:
2. The 'repository' of tools and materials is regularly updated with new information on initiatives undertaken by standardization organizations, education material, articles, reports, studies, surveys, etc.
3. CEN, CENELEC and ETSI hosted the June 2013 conferences of the International Cooperation for Education about Standardization (ICES) and the European Academy for Standardization (EURAS). More info and presentations: ICES – EURAS
4. On 29 June 2012, the ESOs held a first dialogue on Education about Standardization, with representatives from business, academia, public authorities and the standards organisations.
5. The JWG-EaS has drafted a policy for the ESOs and their members to foster best practice in education about standardization in Europe and steer a series of actions.