REMOTE CTRL - Building Skills and Attributes for Remote Working
ERASMUS+ : 2020-
The remote working revolution is here. Remote working has the potential not only to improve employee wellbeing and productivity and save money on overheads for employers; it can also help to reduce our carbon footprint, which will be a significant motivation for employees of the future. By 2025, 75% of the workforce will be made up of Millennials and Generation Z employees; both of which are more environmentally aware and are committed to saving the planet and both of which also prefer flexible working patterns.
In order to attract the top talent from this next generation of employees, employers will have to be willing to accommodate remote working or flexible working patterns. It is additionally imperative, when we consider the social, environmental and economic climate that we will find ourselves in as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, that we address the gap in the provision of VET to support employees to upskill for a remote working environment, to support employers to adapt their management style and organisational skills for remote working and to support VET tutors and providers to adapt their teaching style so that they can support this process through remote learning.
In the economic and social landscape that will follow this COVID-19 pandemic, governments, businesses and education providers will need to adopt innovative practices to support employees who can work but who are nervous about emerging back into social life post-pandemic; and to support businesses to reduce their overheads and adapt their business models so that they can help to re-start the economy from the ground up. These are realities that will face every European country; and the REMOTE CTRL project will support front-line educators, business owners and managers and individual employees to take the first step towards re-building their social, civic and economic lives, by adapting to remote working.
All partners believe that it is not only possible to run a successful project in this fashion, but that going forward, it could be used as a best practice example for other Erasmus+ consortia to follow. This will drastically reduce the carbon footprint of the Erasmus+ programme in the future. The project team believe that scheduling face-to-face partner meetings in 5-8 monthly intervals as is the norm today, is not a sustainable practice. From a brief calculation to support this argument, project partners deduced that were we to plan the typical 4-5 transnational meetings in this project, the carbon footprint of 8 European partners attending these meetings equates to that of the average annual energy consumption of one African family.
Across the EU in 2018, 1,949 KA2 projects were funded. The carbon footprint of hosting these meetings is staggering; especially considering that the technology to support remote working in transnational teams was already well established. While partners are aware of the value of bringing partners together in a transnational environment to aid collaboration; this value needs to be offset against the implications that this travel has for our planet. All partners represented in this application are seasoned Erasmus+ participants. As such, in the final year of the programme, and given the advances in communication technologies, we aim now to innovate and pilot a new approach to transnational collaboration for the benefit of our climate and environment. We believe this represents a significant innovation in the sphere of Erasmus+ and could potentially serve as a blueprint for transnational collaboration of the future.