Train for Human Centred Work

train4workThe TRAIN4WORK is a new initiative of the Federation of European Ergonomics Societies under the umbrella of Erasmus+, to create a freely accessible online ergonomics training material.

Scope and objectives

Human centered workplaces are a key essential part of the factories of the future due to important advantages:

  • Increase flexibility
  • Increase agility
  • Increase competitiveness
  • Reduce occupational and work-related diseases
  • Reduce absenteeism
  • Reduce sick level caused by injuries

Key actions required

  • Automated and continuous adaptation of work environment to workers
  • Integrate Health and Safety at work issues with production issues
  • Train professionals in the design of workplaces, processes and machinery

The main objective of TRAIN4WORK:

  • Development and implementation of a new online course (in English, Spanish, German and French)
  • To strengthen the knowledge and skills of targeted professionals in the design of human-centred workplaces.

The target groups of TRAIN4WORK

  • Engineers responsible for workplaces, process and production design
  • Engineers responsible for machinery, working equipment and tools design
  • Health and safety managers
  • Consultants who provide services related to these issues to industry
  • Human resources professionals (recruitment and job assignment of workers).

Project partners

Instituto de Biomecánica de ValenciaIBV Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (Coordinator)

The Instituto de Biomecanica (IBV) is a technological centre that studies the behavior of the human body and its interaction with products, environments and services. Founded in 1976, the Institute is currently coordinated under the agreement of the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE) and the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (UPV).
Contact: Elisa Signes Pérez,

Technische Universitat (TU) DarmstadtIAD (TUD) | Technische Universität Darmstadt - Institut fur Arbeitswissenschaft

The Technische Universitat (TU) Darmstadt is one of Germany’s leading technical universities. Its around 303 professors, 4,250 employees and 25,100 students devote their talents and best efforts to the significant future research fields energy, mobility, communications and information technologies, housing and living conditions. The wide variety of disciplines represented are all focused on technology, as viewed from the vantage point of engineering, the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences, and cover the full range of academic endeavor, from the origination of basic concepts to practical, everyday applications.
Contact: Jurij Wakula,

UGA | Universite Grenoble AlpesUniversite Grenoble Alpes

The Universite Grenoble Alpes (UGA) is a comprehensive university offering high-quality education in all academic disciplines and at all levels (undergraduate, master, doctorate, as well as certificate programs) to 45,000 students in initial and lifelong learning. Its dense territorial grid embraces the towns of Grenoble, Valence, Vienne, as well as several units located over the Isere territory. It belongs to the Communaute Universite Grenoble Alpes (COMUE) and works together with other HEIs on and outside of the campus, mutualizing some of their actions to improve the quality of their services.
Contact: Nicolas Villerme,

Structo Ingenieros Consultores S.L.Structo Ingenieros Consultores

Structo is a dynamic company with a high adaptation to customer needs, because we have a multidisciplinary team of engineering. We have experience in conducting projects and Facilties. We develop projects in all sectors of industry and institutions. Project Management and Construction of industries of all sectors and facilities. We also carry out projects as industrial machinery, technical projects operating licenses, legalization of all kinds of industries and fire safety projects in industrial establishments.
Contact: Hugo Merelo,

FFES LogoFor more information contact Pedro Ferreira, treasurer of FEES:

Project Planning

  • Project management & Quality management: To assure an adequate deployment of the project activities and the achievement of objectives set within the timescale and resources planned
  • Definition of curriculum: Identification of training requirements, definition of learning objectives and course structure
  • Development of training contents in English: To develop the contents based on the curriculum and the learning methodology defined in WP2
  • Development of e-learning course contents in English: Transform all the materials developed in the WP3 into a fully functional e-learning course, ready to be used in the pilot tests
  • Validation of the course and lessons learnt: Validation of the course adequacy to the skills/requirements of targeted end-users and usability assessment of the online platform
  • Development and Implementation of the final version of the e-learning course: Based on Deliverable 5.1 (Report on the course validation and lessons learnt), IBV will develop a final version of the e-learning course, implementing changes proposed in the validation. The course will be translated into Spanish (IBV), German (IAD) and French (UGA)
  • Dissemination and exploitation activities: Planning and management of dissemination activities and exploitation of project output

Multiplier event

  • E1. Workshop on design of human-centred work. (18-02-2020) (IAD)
  • E2. Workshop on Train4HCWork e-learning course. (10-03-2021) (IBV)

Intellectual Outputs

  • IO1. Course curriculum (M1-M6): It will include the learning objectives, the structure of the selected contents, the type of reinforcement activities, the ongoing monitoring schedule, the methodology for a continuous assessment, and potential accreditation procedures. It will be available in two different formats, text file and project website, and will be developed in English.
  • IO2. Online course in English (M7-M21): This output will consist of the first version online of the Train4HCWork course developed according to the curriculum (IO1). This course will include in an open e-learning platform the contents previously developed and reinforcement activities. This first prototype will be developed in English and will be ready to be tested in pilot validations.
  • IO3. Online course in French, German and Spanish (M17-M29): There will be four main actions to deploy the final course: validation of the first version of the e-learning course (IO2) (pilot course), development of the final version of the e-learning course, translation (to Spanish, German and French) and implementation in the platform.

Project results

  • AR1. Training requirements: Partners will develop a report summarizing the results of the studies performed to detect the vocational training requirements (knowledge, skills and competences) across Europe. This report will be provided in electronic format and disseminated at the website of the project in the Multiplier Event 1 and at partners’ websites. It will be the basis for the definition of a suitable and precise curriculum of the course (intellectual output IO1). In order to get these training requirements, three focus groups (FG) in three different countries and one on-line survey will be carried out.
  • AR2. Training contents: It will include the final version of the training contents. Training contents will cover the most important issues for a human-centred design, integrating knowledge in ergonomics, health and safety at work, and productivity.
  • AR3. Validation of the e-learning course: There will be a pilot course leaded by FEES (focused on professionals of ergonomics), UGA (focused on engineering students and professionals) and Structo (focused on specific demands of companies). IBV and IAD will monitor progress of participants and analyse the results of this monitoring. Finally, a report with recommendations to improve the training course (contents, reinforcement activities, schedule, platform, evaluation activities, etc.) will be proposed.
  • AR4. Dissemination activities: Besides the multiplier events, additional dissemination activities will be carried out. These activities will include, among others, presentations on key events of the target groups, dissemination through social networks, posters in conferences and symposia, or dissemination in the websites of project

Dissemination plan for project results at European level during and after the duration of project

(Deliverable D7.1: Dissemination and Exploitation plans)

  • Report on training requirements (AR1):
    • Dissemination of report amongst FEES members and collection of feedback
    • Produce input to Multiplier Event 1
    Development and deployment of on-line survey:
    • Development of survey structure, based on input from focus groups
    • Testing of survey
    • Deployment to FEES members, aiming to reach a minimum of 100 respondents
    • Provide feedback to respondents
  • Release of pilot course:
    • Dissemination of project milestone
    • Engagement of volunteers for the piloting
  • Multiplier event 1 (Workshop on design of human-centred work):
    • Announcement and promotion of workshop
    • Dissemination of workshop achievements and outputs
  • Multiplier event 2 (Workshop on Train4HCWork e-learning course):
    • Announcement and promotion of workshop
    • Dissemination of workshop and project achievements and outputs
  • Scientific dissemination
    • Validation of project methodology and approach
    • Project achievements

Project Administration

Grant Agreement obligations

  • The consortium should pay attention to the importance of dissemination and exploitation of the results and to the visibility at a transnational level.
  • Publicity obligations: the consortium should follow the instructions and logos available in the internet site indicated by the Agency. In all communications, always indicating “with the support of the of the European Union” and the graphic logos. Communications and publications: shall indicate sole responsibility lies with the author and the Agency and the Commission are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.
  • Ownership of the results (including industrial and intellectual property rights): the educational materials within the scope of the project should be provided access to such material downloaded from the Internet, free of charge and in open licensing regime.

Dates and figures

  • Starting date of the action: 1 october 2018
  • Closing date of the action: 31 march 2021
  • Duration and period of eligibility: 30 months
  • Project total budget: EUR 252 388

Planned meetings:

  • Kick-off meeting: IBV, Valencia, 25th October 2018
  • Mid term meeting: TUD, Darmstadt, September 2019
  • Mid term meeting: UGA, Grenoble, January 2020
  • Final meeting: IBV, Valencia, March 2021

FEES Project team:

  • Project management and execution: Pedro Ferreira | FEES Treasurer (
  • Project support and execution: Tendering for a PhD/Msc student from member societies to carry out a 6 months secondment (to be announced soon)

FFES LogoProject supported by the European Union
Contract Number: 2018-1-ES01-KA203-050887