Project: Village Voices
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Project: Village Voices

Project: Village Voices Sustainability & Identity in Rural Cyprus. The theme of our project was Sustainable development through cultural heritage and rural community activities. The cultural and natural heritage of Cyprus, community heritage and engagement, craft and rural development. The aim of this project for me was to look at how small local and traditional […]

Romania: STEM Course 2020 biodiversity, traditional skills & rural development
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Romania: STEM Course 2020 biodiversity, traditional skills & rural development

Linking rich biodiversity with traditional skills and rural development in Transylvania. Update 7th May 2020: Course: highly likely to be postponed. There is one space left. If you are interested please email an expression of interest before making an application. Hosts: Fundatia ADEPT Course Dates: 12 -19 June 2020 Application Deadline: 2 March 2020 Preparation […]

Craft Education & Practice in Bulgaria
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Craft Education & Practice in Bulgaria

It was interesting to hear that despite training opportunities there is not much uptake by young people to follow a career path in crafts. Many leave rural areas and head to the larger towns and cities for employment. Indeed some villages we drove through had an abundance of derelict houses and one we were told had 300 homes occupied out of a total of 1000. So what can be done to encourage young people into a career path within crafts? The model of an apprenticeship whereby the individual receives training through a dual system is an approach which works well. This involves a combination of theoretic training in an educational establishment combined with practical training in a crafts enterprise. Over the last few years Historic Environment Scotland has directed funding into apprenticship schemes in a number of its directorates. In the area of conservation there are paid apprenticeships in tradition crafts such as stonemasonary, joinerary, plumbing and painting. Individuals receive a wage and are guarrenteed employment after successful completion of the training. Indeed apprenticeship schemes across Scotland in all areas of work are on the rise.

SPAIN: STEM Course Woodworking tradition & innovation in Galicia
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SPAIN: STEM Course Woodworking tradition & innovation in Galicia

Woodworking & forest management: tradition and innovation in Galicia. Update 7th May 2020: Course postponed: we are in discussion with the hosts about the potential for rescheduling.We will contact participants when we have firm information on new course dates. It is possible that some participants will be unable to make the new dates. Please email […]

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