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GEOSKILLS+

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The project will take innovative practices already existing in Europe and redefine them so that they can effectively be implemented in a few 'pilot' countries: Belgium, Bulgaria and Lithuania.

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Welcome to the Geo Skills + project website.

Geo Skills + is a European Commission funded project under DG Education and Culture, Leonardo da Vinci programme. It began in October 2013 and will run until October 2015.

The aim of this two-year project is to enable European countries to exchange best practices and innovation with each other regarding the mismatch between Europe’s geospatial vocational education and training and the geospatial labour market.


There is a growing need for well-trained students at all levels - vocational, bachelors, masters - in the field of geospatial technologies. This is because there are a growing number of jobs available in land surveying, mapping data collection, data processing, data delivery and turning data into information.


With the increase of jobs, the GEO education community has to be able to keep pace and produce enough qualified graduates.
In order to tackle these issues the Geo Skills + consortium was formed.


The Geo Skills + project will host activities such as workshops, roundtables, surveys and desk-top studies, where the European GEO community will be involved.


The plan is to identify and set up optimal ways to Raise Awareness of GEO studies and increase student enrolment. Geo Skills + will also identify gaps between the supply of GEO jobs and the demand for qualified graduates in different European countries, and set up ways to bridge the gap. Ultimately a Cooperation Model will be created that identifies all stakeholders and offers them the steps necessary to improve Europe’s position in the global geospatial market.

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