The Deployment, Scaling and Sustainability stream (WP7) draws on two regional clusters that connect us to a large and diverse set of SMEs, allows easy scaling in the adoption of technology for learning, and lets us examine inter-organisational learning and network effects.
The approach for scaling in these clusters and beyond is illustrated on the diagram under. Initially, end-users from the clusters will be part of the co-design teams. The learning domains will be two key topics that pose particular competitiveness and learning challenges in the clusters: sustainable building materials and technologies in the Building Cluster, and diabetes treatment and management in the Health care Cluster.
The Building and Construction Cluster is represented by the Northern German Centre for Ecological Building, connecting 30 businesses with a focus on Green Building Technologies, but links to the wider Building and Construction sector in the Bremen/Lower Saxony region through involvement of the Building Guild Bremen (Bauinnung Bremen, representing 200 small companies), as well as the Association of the North West German Building Industry representing 270 medium sized building companies.
The Health Care Cluster is represented by the West Yorkshire Diabetes Network in the UK, which links around 200 General Practitioner (GP) practices in the region. These practices are all involved in providing services and support to patients who have diabetes. The cluster is predominately SMEbased (since the GP practices are all SMEs) but does also include other organisations (hospitals) and individuals (consultants) who have a role to play in supporting diabetes management.
In subsequent years, we will extend the scope of the involved groups to validate the approach for large-scale adoption. It is our goal to reach out to 1000+ end-users in the two clusters and beyond by year 4. The scaling approach critically rests on several scaling partners as multipliers, most of which have been signed up as associate partners, and is also intertwined with Dissemination and Exploitation activities where a Learning Layers Stakeholder Network will be maintained (see Section 3 for details). A sustainability model will be created which describes business models for wider adoption and ties together all results from other WPs to describe how they could be employed to create sustainable training offerings in other domains and sectors.