Boosting Human Capital in the 21st century (BHC21) Interreg project investigates the way innovative learning tools (serious gaming, virtual and augmented reality, video instruction) can help train low skilled people.


The unemployment figures in the 2 Seas area are rather low. Especially low skilled people have a hard time to find a sustainable job. Not only do they lack the necessary technical knowledge and skills, they often do not have the right motivation, social skills, to find and keep a job. For many training centres and companies it is a real challenge to teach them the necessary knowledge and skills.


BHC21 wants to tackle these challenges in co-creation with low skilled people and companies. The partners will experiment with new ways to recruit and motivate low skilled people for a training/job in the industry. The project will also verify how innovative learning tools can be integrated in the technical trainings to make them more accessible.

In Flanders, the emphasis is on trainings in the food industry while the partners in France (Hauts-de-France) and Great Britain (Kent County) are focusing on the metal and machinery sector.


The result of the project is a generic training model that integrates the newly developed motivational techniques and innovative educational tools. This model is being tested and validated by the partners in everyday practice. On the basis of a decision tree, companies and training centres will be able to select made-to-measure innovative educational tools and integrate them in their very own training.

The project also aims at developing a new competence profile and 'train the trainer' program for the teachers/mentors who will be using the generic training model.

Boosting Human Capital in the 21st Century runs from April 2019 till July 2022.

The full budget amounts to € 3,760,208.00 and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) finances € 2,256,124.00.

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