Speech at the final RAINOVA conference in San Sebastian, December 2014

Final conference for the RAINOVA project aimed to generate innovative outcomes in VET field. The Final Conference took place on 11th December 2014 at the Aquarium Conference Room in San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa.

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Vocational training centres and, in general, most small and medium-sized companies do not have tools or systems that enable them to manage innovation effectively. Their management systems are geared more towards tackling the tasks that represent their day-to-day work rather than creating time and resources for forward planning to enable them to work on innovative projects.Responding to this widely recognised systemic deficit, the headline aim of the RAINOVA project is to encourage the development of innovation systems for the regions represented by the project partners.

Sponsored by the European Commission, the RAINOVA project has:
▪ Established interlinked Regional Innovation Networks, bringing together key European actors involved in innovation and knowledge transfer in order to meet the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy.
▪ Created an Innovation Management Model, providing both a climate and culture for effective transfer of knowledge.
▪ Initiated Innovation Observatories, providing the necessary support for the members both to promote new innovations and benefit from them, as well as a management process for developing and exploiting the results of innovation projects, which helps to make demand-led more flexible VET systems.


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RAINOVA – encourage the development of innovation systems – European Commission, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)- funded Centralized Actions

IKASLAN Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain

About the Author: Giovanni Crisonà

Giovanni Crisonà started his career in 1986 and has been Provincial Trade Union representative in Italian State Police force for five years. With a degree of Technical Director in industrial engineering and a Master’s in education at Florence University, he started as a trainer and consultant in VET in 1995 and currently is the President of Centro Studi "Cultura Sviluppo", the research and training provider institute based in Tuscany and in charge to represent the European Forum for Vocational Education and Training in Italy.

As a LLL expert, he has been an EU Parliament Agora forum member, contributing directly to EU vision building process in VET and has collected hundreds of missions in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Comoros, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mongolia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and United Kingdom working in international projects as a leader or a team member.

He has developed and introduced new learning methods and education practices for unemployed, disadvantaged, youngsters and adults, designing and organizing trainings, trainings for trainers and assessments in many fields like health and safety at work and Quality Management for public and private small and large organizations and introducing, from 1996, ICT resources in education with the production and implementation of multimedia learning materials and blended e-learning solutions in support to the on site learning.

In Italian and English language he has designed and produced several learning materials also to apply ISO standards and Quality Management principles in VET sector and in this field he is also a certified Skill Assessor recognized by Tuscany Region VET Authority.

In the last years, also as a leader of the europemobility.eu project, he is as well deeply involved in developing mobility for learning.

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