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.

Albania – an undiscovered beauty

Crystal-clear water, long beaches, canyons in which geologists would rejoice, cultural highlights dating back more than 2500 years, local food which can compete with gourmet restaurants, uncountable olive trees, serene landscapes and lakes that ask for silence and contemplation, people who make you feel like a king in their home… you wonder, if you are really in Albania, a country quite unknown to most of us.

Albania – or Republika e Shqipërisë in the country language – covers an area of about 28,000 km² (roughly one third of Austria) and has appr. 3 Mio inhabitants. Surrounded by Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Greece it can also offer a coast line of roughly 300km.

As the Albanian Daily News stated in its July 7th edition, “agribusiness is a vital sector of Albania’s economy. It provides employment for around 50% of the population and accounts for around 20% of the country’s GDP”. It justifies the Albanian Agribusiness Support Facility, a financial instrument, which is supported by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, thus providing loans to accelerate investments and improvements in this sector.

While there are still a lot of remains from the Enver Hoxha regime, which lasted 40 years – e.g. the ever present bunkers, spread over the whole country, we can enjoy excavations in Butrint, admire the UNESCO cities Berat and Gjirokastër and encounter donkeys instead of trucks or trailers as a means of transportation.

Faleminderit & Mirupafshim!

Elisabeth Hönigsberger

The Estonian Minister of Rural Affairs awarded the best graduates of rural economy

Photograph: Angelika Lebedev

A reception for the best graduates of rural economy VET schools, the Estonian University of Life Sciences and Tallinn University of Technology Institute of Chemistry and Biology was held on 27th of June at the Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs.

20 best graduates received the Minister of Rural Affairs letter of thanks this year.

You have taken the best knowledge from your school and you have all advantages to succeed in life and work” said Tarmo Tamm, the Minister of Rural Affairs. “I want you to make wise choices and I hope you will find the opportunity to link your future and work with Estonia. Your thoughts and deeds shape the future of Estonian state.”

Congratulations to all graduates of rural economy!

More photos from the reception

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

16th European Championship in Forestry Skills

The astonishing municipality of Maienfeld in the Landquart Region in the Swiss canton of Graubünden has been the seat of the 16th European Forestry Skill Championship held from 25 to 28 May.

Mainfield is a tourist destination in the Alps, both because of the local wine and because it was the setting of the Heidi story (a cartoon TV serie).

Below, a photo of the three first classified teams and the competition results summary.