The project works on entrepreneurial skills (creativity, spirit of initiative and entrepreneurship) and technical-vocational competences in the agro-food sector. This, promoting the qualification of food micro-processing and the transfer of competences between different cultures and generations as a mean for differentiation of productive activities and for the sustainability of rural economy and tourism related to the promotion of local products, in the perspective activities of the balanced development of the territory. The project was created by a group of organizations (CEFAL, SCF, AZRRI: Agency for Rural Development of Istrian region, Istrian Region) in continuity with an experience of collaboration between Italy and Croatia started in 2006. In particular, the Key Project Q has activated a cross-border team of trainers (Italian and Croatian), which has carry out international training sessions based on the exchange of experience in the catering sector. Key Q led to a Memorandum of understanding that was signed by AZRRI, the Tourism Board of the West Herzegovina Canton (BiH), the Region of Istria, SCF and its members CEFAL, Civil form and Villaggio del Fanciullo, The International Academy of Dairy Art, The Federation of the Italian Rural Associations, Casa Artusi, The Province of Bologna, The School of Tourism and Catering of Porec, Pula, Rovinj, The European Network CEC.
The project will consist in the following actions: 1. Preparation and kick off the project 2. Research and analysis - Collection of experiences of success (intellectual output O1) - Analysis of success factors in the qualification of processes and products (intellectual output O2 – A1) - Definition of key competencies (output O1 – A1) 3. Implementation - Definition of training units (intellectual output O3) - Draft of methodological guide (intellectual output O4) - Development and testing of open educational resources (intellectual outputs O5) 4. Finalization and review 5. Communication and dissemination - Multiplier events in Belgium, France, Romania, Poland, Croatia, Italy - Joint staff training - Short-term blended mobility of learners
1. The direct beneficiaries will be: - A total of 100 students will participate in the testing of training units, methodological guide and online learning resources in their respective Countries - At least 20 VET trainers/teachers (in total) from partner Countries (IT, FR, PL, RO, HR) will be involved in the project as the protagonists of the phases of research, analysis, development, implementation and testing in their respective Countries - Managers and supervisors representing the partners in the Steering Committee
2. Indirect beneficiaries are: - Other teachers/trainers of the centers involved - Local stakeholders who will participate in the multiplier workshops in each beneficiary Country - Other students/trainees (not directly involved in the testing) in VET partner organizations through informal moments of peer education
The expected impact at local, national and European level is to promote regional cooperation and active collaboration to support:
·The promotion of entrepreneurial skills for job creation and value added production (especially agri-food) through the quality products, observant of the environment and ethical consumption
·Sustainable economy, with attention to the rural context and to the differentiation of food production and catering towards the promotion of Value added services ( agri-tourism, work-based training centers, educational farms etc.)
This is done through:
·The exchange of good practice with a view to transferability ·The joint staff training ·Innovation in teaching methods (active methods, flexible pathways, mobile learning etc.) · The recognition of skills, training and career paths of people throughout their entire life
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