CENFIM has organised a 3-day inspirational tour, Barcelona 4-6th of May, on new ways of teaching for 12 VET teachers in the wood-furniture sector from 5 European countries (Spain, France, Hungary, Ireland and Italy).

The tour was an activity part of the European Erasmus+ WOODIGITAL project, which aims to improve the digital competences - Industry 4.0 – of the wood and furniture sector workers through dual vocational training.

The welcome to the tour participants took place on Wednesday 4th of May at the WEcontract BCN space, a showroom shared by 15 companies associated to CENFIM for their promotion in the contract channel. In this session, the participants had the opportunity to know each other, learn about the tour objectives and the visits plan of the tour, as well as visiting the WEcontract BCN space guided by the showroom manager.

The delegation then went to the Fab Lab BCN to see how this innovation space works. This space is open exclusively to students of the Master's programmes offered by IAAC - Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.

Afterwards, the delegation visited the MOB Barcelona, a coworking space located in the centre of Barcelona. There, we had the opportunity to see the great demand for this type of space by professionals and companies of all kinds and to discover that coworking spaces are also important generators of collaborative innovation projects.

On Thursday 5th of May, the delegation travelled to the south of Catalonia, to Terres de l'Ebre. In Amposta, the delegation visited the Fab Lab Terres de l’Ebre, a new and modern open innovation space available to the citizens and the industrial fabric of Terres de l'Ebre.

Then, the delegation travelled to Tortosa, to the Campus Terres de l’Ebre de la Universidad Rovira i Virgili. There, the delegation visited two highly innovative spaces for the training of future primary and secondary education teachers: i) the laboratory of applications of technology to education and ii) the IDEES classroom for pedagogical innovation to train future teachers. On the same campus, there was also a visit to the recently inaugurated clinical simulation classroom for nursing students, which allows them to recreate real situations to improve their performance and clinical decision-making.

On the last day, Friday 6th of May, the delegation visited the VET Intitut Escola del Treball located in the heart of Barcelona. The delegation had the opportunity to get to know the centre's training offer and in particular, the vocational training for the wood and furniture branch, as well as to visit the carpentry workshops.

The tour concluded at the WEcontract BCN space, where the participants evaluated the tour and reflected together on its effectiveness, in particular about: i) the current individual shortcomings in training provision and ii) possible improvements and good practices to be implemented. The evaluation of the tour was very positive and has brought to the surface the need for improvement in the way training is delivered in each and every participant of the tour.

The WOODIGITAL project foresees another training activity in July. In this case, 5 students and 2 teachers from each of the 5 participating countries (Spain, France, Hungary, Ireland and Italy) will spend 10 days in Italy, hosted by FEDERLEGNOARREDO and COSMOB,, to receive training in digitalisation for the wood and furniture sector.