Green Your Skills!

Appraising transversal skills in green jobs for employability of youth and workers in restructuring processes

ACROSS is an ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnerships Project for VET started in 2015 that has the objective to reduce the gap between available skills and the ever-changing labour market demands. The project focuses primarily on sustainability and the appraising of transversal skills, which could successfully relieve high unemployment rates.

Project leader is Tandem Plus, FR and partners come from 8 European countries: Croatia, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Finland and The Netherlands.

In only a few days, on 26th July 2017, ACROSS partners will held their Final Conference in Brussels, BE promoting the project results and trying to give answers to the questions that they dealt with:

“How can VET and labour market actors contribute to a sustainable, “green” economy driven by the need to better preserve and protect both the social-economic well-being of our societies and the natural resources of our planet?

How can they cater solutions to workers, students and companies and equip them with the necessary skills and capacities to undergo greening processes?” (From: Conference Invitation)

Interested? Register HERE, be there at the conference and get the answers for yourself 😊


Find out more about the project HERE or HERE. Pics: ACROSS and Tandem Plus Facebook sites. Thank you.

AGROLYMPICS: Coming Soon !

Rehearsal of the 2nd AGROLYMPICS

Last week the students from my school who will act as jury members in September tested some of the disciplines of the upcoming Agrolympics. The aim was to get a feeling of the competition, to test the materials/tools and to check whether the evaluation of the disciplines will work or not.

The following disciplines were tested: Log splitting, Tractor driving, Handling potato/apple boxes, Balancing big bales, Fencing, Apple pressing, Changing points, Assembling a pipe-line, Hand milking and Fertilizer spreading.

The students were very enthusiastic, the weather was wonderful and we could welcome some guests, e.g. the Mayor of Burgstaedt, some film producers  and a journalist from a farmer´s magazine. Soon we will get a promotion video which shows the activities on this day.

Please keep in mind that the machines we used are not the machines we will have during the competition!

I will keep you updated 🙂 !

Gerd Alscher, NC EUROPEA Germany, 20th June 2017

In Focus: Forestry

Luxembourg, 22-27 May 2017

The ambitious forestry project SILVAforum is in full swing these days!

This ERASMUS+ KA2 project, led by our Luxembourgish colleagues, aims at comparing, creating and sharing educational material on forestry. One of the most important objective is to elaborate suitable ECVET units, which might be of a great help for the future mobilities and student exchanges.

The last week of May saw the project partners coming together in the one and only Grand Duchy of Luxembourg warmly welcomed by the organisers from EUROPEA school LTA Ettelbruck. Students and teachers from six European countries (AT, FI, FR, LU, RO, SE) participated in a six-day workshop, which covered a wide variety of fine activities.

Participants got the chance to improve their professional skills and to discover the beautiful forests and the wonderful countryside of this tiny chocolate-box country. Moreover, the busy agenda also included cultural items with a visit to Schengen and to the City of Luxembourg.

This meeting was the sixth in the line-up as partners have already completed workshops in Luxembourg (6-11 June 2016), Romania (27 June-1 July 2016), Finland (29 August-2 Sept 2016), France (18-23 Sept 2016) and Sweden (23-28 April 2017). Next meeting is scheduled for 18-23 June 2017 when SILVAforum partners will be hosted by LFS St. Andra, Austria.

For more information on the project click to Projects in the menu. More on the LU Programme, pics and videos here.

Acknowledgements:Many thanks to Nicolas (LU) and the Coop Inter Envermeu France Facebook-page admins 🙂



Registration for the 2nd AGROLYMPICS is now open !!

The organiser is EUROPEA-Germany and the competition will be held in Burgstädt (Saxony) from 28 September to 1 October 2017. Go to TeamEngine for details or contact us.

Deadline: 31 May 2017 !!

See you in Germany !!

Acknowledgements: many thanks to Gerd 🙂

Changing the World


Naxxar, 25-28 April 2017

This spring EUROPEA delegates gathered in Malta for yet another quality seminar and a very special General Assembly.

Our Maltese hosts put together a great programme to assure a fine overview of the most topical issues concerning the challenges of the Green Sector and the agricultural VET in this tiny island country. The most pressing questions nowadays are land division, waste management and most critically the lack of fresh water, which is ever so needed for agricultural production.

However, a lot is going on right now in Malta and the promise of a bright future is definitely in the air. Just look around and you will see a lot of EU projects in progress, a lot of fine construction work going on everywhere on the island.

Furthermore, our teacher colleagues from MCAST (the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology), which is the leading vocational education and training institution in the country, organised great workshops for us to show the essence of their work and some of the innovative approaches their training include.

We had useful discussions about the importance of practical training and we learnt more about some ongoing projects as well as one particular method called “embedding”, which is successfully exploited by an enthusiastic team of MCAST teachers. The method combines general and professional subjects, and it reveals impressive improvements in the performance of students.

Leaving the conference room, we were introduced to local products and got the chance to experience the wonderful “Senses of Malta”. We were taken out to a pleasant field trip and met a strawberry farmer in order to get first-hand information about the beautiful Maltese countryside and its people.

Nevertheless, the most awaited part of the Malta meeting was the General Assembly as EUROPEA was in for the regular elections and the inauguration of a new Executive Committee.

For the past six years, our association was in the safe hands of Henrik Dethlefsen (DK, Secretary General), Elisabeth Hönigsberger (AT, Vice Secretary), Sophie Blainville-Wellburn (FR, Treasurer) and Wiesława Gąsiorowska (PL, Vice Treasurer). Due to their professional management and hard work EUROPEA has been in full swing ever since they stepped forward; financial status was stabilised, new members were accepted, the funding of professional competitions was made easy and transparent. An Editorial Group was set up and a constant presence in the electronic media was established. However, the modernisation of the EUROPEA Statutes might be their greatest achievement, which made it possible for Malta, Norway, Luxembourg, Serbia, Switzerland and Ireland to finally become full members.

It was time to say goodbye and our big “Thank you!”-s, and welcome the newly elected board including: Elisabeth Hönigsberger (AT, Secretary General), Tone Mosebø (NO, Vice Secretary), Nicolas Negretti (LU, Treasurer) and Rita Alves (PT, Vice Treasurer).

The Malta-meeting ended with an excellent farewell dinner introducing 200-year-old food recipes to the EUROPEAns. These two days brought us many emotional moments; the handing over of the EUROPEA flag to our next host is always one of them. The confirmation of the above mentioned countries as full members was yet another one, and we all felt very special as “the changing of the guards” took place in front of our eyes. Nevertheless, the welcoming speech of our host, Malcolm Borg, will surely stay in our heads and hearts for a long – long time:

“‘Margaret Mead, an American anthropologist, once said:Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’ EUROPEA’s wide network made out of you, my colleagues and friends, who are all committed to improve the green vocational education in your countries is offering you this opportunity once again – the General Assembly in Malta. Let’s all share in this spirit of brotherhood. Let’s all rise to the occasion to feed into the European green sector skilled people, fresh ideas and innovative solutions.

Thank you, Malta. See you all again in Estonia.


Pics: Judit (HU) and Pedro (ES) – Many thanks!