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Invitation to Launch of Train the Trainer

Our plans have come together for the launch our ‘Train the Trainer’ (Rural Entrepreneurship) programme in Athlone on Thursday 27th May at 15.00 hours.  We have colleagues from a number of tourism organisations and training institutions from eight European countries and Canada coming to the launch and other related events.  We have invited Ambassadors from each of the countries, Fáilte Ireland, Leargas and Government to our launch.

We are excited about this launch as it is a cumulation of work that has been ongoing for the last two to three years.  Within the context of our current Leonardo project this is an important milestone and we are working towards accreditation in a further three EU countries.  This module is ideally targeted at either 1. rural entrepreneurs who wish to offer training to their wider local communities in the skills of rural tourism/entrepreneurship or 2. trainers who currently operate in the public/private sector to become proficient in training adults in rural areas.

As a network of organisations from a wider variation of bodies internationally we are focussed on developing training to meet the needs of communities specifically within the rural tourism sector.  During our planned meeting we will also be endeavouring to develop initial plans for new projects.  Some ideas include online learning, training for ecotourism and accreditation of training modules which be delivered by our trainers.  With this in mind, we are interested in welcoming new members who wish to become in developing these ideas in to projects for the future.

Since this programme of events is happening in Ireland, we welcome anyone who is involved in delivery of tourism related training or involved in delivery of the LEADER Rural Development Programme to come along to our launch.  Equally you may be interested in attending our training workshop, which will be delivered by trainers from Bulgaria, Ireland and Romania on the morning of the 27th May.

If interested in attending, it is essential that you email John Toland from Cavan-Monaghan LEADER immediately. There are limited places left for the workshop.

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RTITN General Assembly 2010

The last RTITN General Assembly meeting was held in September 2007 in Hungary.  This planned meeting will help to re-establish the focus of the network and hopefully find ways for increased cooperation between all members.  We have received interest from a number of members in relation to our General Assembly meeting which will be held in the Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone, Ireland on the 26th and 27th May. 

The invitation is open to all current members to attend this meeting. I have outlined some of the activities that have been planned as part of our General Assembly below.  This meeting is being organised to coincide with our Leonardo Partnership project meeting and further details about the costs for members will be sent by email early next week. 

Draft GA Agenda:

Wednesday 26th May

7.00 to 11.15   Arrive Dublin Airport

11.30               Depart Dublin Airport by coach to Athlone

13.00               Arrive Athlone Institute of Technology ( where lunch will be served.

13.30 – 14.30   RTITN Board Meeting meeting

13.45               Tour of Athlone Institute of Technology’s Tourism, catering and hospitality department

 14.30 – 17.30  General Assembly meeting: details will be sent to members via email.

 Note: All members are requested to submit any proposals in respect of new project ideas for inclusion in our workplan / training plan in advance of our GA meeting.

Thursday 27th May

 9.00 to 13.00                Training Workshop

–          Examples of andragogy tools in practice based on the theme of PART-RTi ‘Train the Trainers’ programme

–          Interactive training workshop which will be delivered by trainers from 3 RTITN member countries

–          The workshop will be include open discussion about adult training techniques across EU and other member countries (more info on workshop)

13.00             Lunch

14.00             Leonardo Project Partners attend academic standards and quality committee to defend accreditation of ‘Rural Tourism – Trainer the Trainer Course’

15.00 – 16.00   Official Launch of RTITN’s Accreditation of the ‘Rural Tourism – Train the Trainer Course’

We are inviting all RTITN member country Ambassadors who are based in Ireland to attend this launch and we hope to entice a senior Irish Government Minister to launch this training course.

17.00   River Cruise on Shannon followed by dinner

It has taken some time to finalise details for our General Assembly and this could not have been down without the support of Athlone Institute of Technology.  This is an excellent opportunity for our network to grow and re-focus our plans for the future.

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Andragogy in Practice; half day workshop.

We have been discussing various teaching strategies, course syllabus and accreditation as part of our Leonardo funded project for nearly a year now.  We have trainers from several countries accross Europe involved in our project and from our network.  As a result, we thought that we would use our next project meeting and network General Assembly as an opportunity to share some of our learning strategies with you.

We would like to invite you to a half-day workshop entitled ‘Andragogy in Practice’ on Thursday 27th May 2010 in Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland. Our trainers will demonstrate examples of learning strategies based on the theme of rural tourism ‘train the trainer’ program.  This interactive workshop will be delivered in English by experienced trainers from Bulgaria, Ireland, Romania and Switzerland using a range of adult learning strategies. 

This workshop is targeted at all trainers involved in delivering programmes to adults and particularly to those in the tourism sector.  We want to use this workshop to explore the best case examples of learning strategies which are used by colleagues throughout the EU.  This is also an opportunity for trainers to meet likeminded colleagues from different organisations and countries in the field of tourism training.

The workshop will be delivered between 9.00 & 13.00 in AIT and will form part of our RTITN General Assembly and Partnership Project meeting. We are also planning a networking activity in the afternoon for all trainers in the the afternoon and further details will be confirmed here in the coming weeks.  There will be no fee for RTITN members and a booking fee will be required from non-members.  If you are interested, please in the first instance contact us by commenting on this blog and we will keep you updated about our plans as they are confirmed.

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VET cooperation opportunities through Leonardo

Carolien van der Laan and I attended the Leonardo da Vinci contact seminar held in Dublin at the end of September.  It was a well organised seminar with lots of opportunities to meet potential project partners from the Vocational Education Training sector from across Europe. 

There were in excess of 100 delegates present at the seminar from 22 countries in Europe.  The seminar provided opportunities for networking and meeting new potential partners for Leonardo programmes.  There also was plenty of useful information and it was good to find out that a database portal of Leonardo funded projects call ADAM exists.  It is a good way to identify if your project idea is unique and whether something similar has already been undertaken elsewhere in Europe. 

Ms. Joanne Basztura Leonardo da Vinci Programme Manager, European Commission provided an insightful presentation on ‘VET Policies’ by providing clear guidelines on the importance of the Copenhagen process.  One of the priorities of the Copenhagen process struck me as integral to any VET project by ‘Improving the links between VET and the labour market’. 

Personally, I found the “pitch a project” session interesting, particularly in the Transfer of Innovation project category.  There have clearly been some excellent projects throughout Europe developed with assistance from Leonardo.  One project that caught my attention was; ‘Eurocatering language training’ a web-based language course to enable students to learn vocabulary and communicative skills for placement in a foreign kitchen or restaurant.  This project has benefits for all small tourism enterprises across Europe to communicate with their European clients.

Networking at Leonardo Contact Seminar

Networking at Leonardo Contact Seminar

We presented in the Transfer of Innovation “pitch a project” session with a view to expanding our current RTi-PART Leonardo project to develop a new project to deliver our ‘rural tourism Train the Trainers’ programme with new partners.  We are currently working on this proposal and are interested in discussing possibilities with new partners.  Whilst at the seminar, we established some new contacts and we are looking forward to pursuing these contacts further in the coming weeks.

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Leonardo da Vinci Contact Seminar 2009

RTITN are awaiting feedback from Leonardo in relation to the success or otherwise of our application under the Partnership Programme.  We have communicated with the National Agency in Ireland and they anticipate news on these applications in the coming week. 

The National Agency in Ireland are organising a Contact Seminar in September to promote opportunities for project applications under a number of themes which may be of interest to past and present RTITN members.  The Leonardo da Vinci contact seminar will be held in the Grand Hotel Malahide in Dublin between September 27th and 29th, 2009. The aim of the Dublin Contact Seminar is to welcome representatives of organisations from as many participating countries as possible who wish to find international partners and get involved in future projects supported by the Leonardo da Vinci Programme.

This Leonardo da Vinci (LDV) Contact Seminar will be multi-themed and address issues such as:

  • New skills for new jobs: anticipating skill needs
  • Developing competences for teachers, trainers and tutors
  • Strengthening links with the world of work
  • Developing the spirit of enterprise
  • Needs, challenges and best practices in apprenticeship training

These themes complement the work of RTITN and this could be used as an opportunity to formulate a new project application.  I would welcome your thoughts and please feel free to add your comments here. 

If interested in this opportunity, I would recommend that you check the following contact seminar information online and complete the application form as soon as possible.

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