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RTITN submits Leonardo TOI application

In the frame of the Leonardo da Vinci LLP program call 2010 a proposal for a Transfer of Innovation project has been submitted. It is called TRANS RTI – Transfer of RTI-TN’s training methodology in rural tourism to Turkey, Romania and the Netherlands. With this proposal RTI-TN aims to export its training methodology and experience.

 The project proposal encompasses the following activities in Turkey, Romania and the Netherlands:

  1. Needs analysis; a description of the state-of-the-art of the rural tourism (training) sector in importing partner countries. What kind of training is given, which methodologies are being used. What is requested? In the Netherlands there will also be an investigation to the competences of entrepreneurs.
  2. Presentation of RTI-TN methodology; best practices and project results
  3. Adaptation and translation of training materials
  4. RTI-TN Train-the-Trainers course: training of local, regional or national trainers in rural tourism
  5. Training for entrepreneurs according the RTI-TN methodology with the new training materials
  6. Evaluation

Partners are: from Turkey – the Menderes town national education directorate, from Romania – the Centre for Tourism Training, Faculty of Geography, Babes-Bolyai University, from the Netherlands there are 3 partners, 2 vocational schools Helicon Opleidingen and AOC Friesland and project coordinator ECEAT Netherlands. 

Partners who will have advisory roles in the project are: from Germany the Bavarian State Research Center of Agriculture, from Austria Landesfachschule Groebming and from Switzerland AGRIDEA.

We hope for positive result of this application and we can’t wait to start with the proposed activities. Our colleague Carolien van der Laan has put alot of hard work in to preparing this application.  RTITN continues to seek to deliver projects which can enhance rural tourism training.

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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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