The STEM Programme: traditional skills & sustainable materials

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The STEM Programme (Traditional Skills & Sustainable Materials)


ALL STEM courses postponed. 

We are planning to continue with our Adult Education courses in Natural and Cultural Heritage as soon as COVID conditions permit for safe travel. We hope to run NET courses in 2022. The announcement that the UK is leaving the ERASMUS+ programme will not affect the running of the projects which already have signed contracts.

We will contact everyone who was offered a place on courses last year to ask if they would like to go this year when conditions permit. When we have established courses dates with our partners we will advertise the courses and the remaining course spaces.

We are extremely disappointed at the decision of the UK government to leave the Erasmus+ Programme, but we are committed to continuing to deliver high quality and unique educational experiences with our host partners until the end of our contract.

STEM Traditional Skills and Heritage Management

The overall aim of STEM is to improve the knowledge, experience and engagement of Scottish professionals, to ensure that traditional skills and sustainable materials continue to survive as a dynamic part of our common European heritage and provide employment, training and enjoyment for all. Traditional skills and the materials they use are an integral part of both our natural and cultural heritage and have great potential to influence landscape management and cultural engagement.

STEM is a KA1 Adult Education for Staff programme funded by Erasmus+ and coordinated by Archnetwork with our consortium of Scottish organisation.

We are running four week-long courses, each with 6 to 8 participants with our European host organistions. The courses are designed to train, inspire and connect Scottish professionals with best practice and innovative solutions in Europe. The STEM courses will explore the challenges, successes and training of traditional craftspeople; the management of materials and the landscapes they come from; markets, entrepreneurship and rural development. Celebrating and supporting traditional skills and the materials they rely on has many benefits for both cultural and natural heritage management and is increasingly relevant for our modern concerns about the sustainability of our supply chains and contributing towards a more circular economy. The courses are intended to be relevant to a range of participants and to increase dialogue among Scottish heritage, nature, education and sustainability sectors.

Click here to download the STEM course list for 2020. Visit the NET & STEM courses 2020 section of the website for more information on making an application and more detailed course information. Click here for the STEM 2020 application form.

STEM Consortium Partners: we have a rich range of heritage, conservation, community and training organisations who make up the STEM consortium in Scotland. The consortium partners assist with priority setting for the programme, identify participants from their staff and volunteers and help to disseminate the learning from the courses in Scotland. The STEM consortium partners are: Archipelago Folk School, Historic Environment Scotland (HES), Remake Scotland, Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA), Scottish Rural Colleges (SRUC), Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT)

Host Organisations: we have four European host organisations each with their own unique skills and contexts. In Romania we are working with the highly acclaimed rural development organisation Fundatia ADEPT which works towards sustainable development in the biodiversity and culturally rich area of Tarnava Mare in Transylvania. In Estonia we work with the irrepressible Maarika Nagel of Viiitong Heritage Tours. Maarika is a teacher and works tirelessly with the many partners in Estonia to celebrate their heritage, embrace new digital technologies and diversifying rural and heritage incomes. In Poland we are very excited to begin working with the Workshops of Culture Lublin who work to celebrate the cultural heritage of their city and region, support young designers and entrepreneurs to include heritage skills and patterns in their work, and coordinate music and art events, as well as promoting the famous Jagiellonian Fair in August. In Galicia we are working with XERA, the Agency for Forest Based Industries who have a proactive and innovative approach towards promoting traditional wood working skills, exploring innovative techniques and developing strategic approaches to marketing and business models.

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