Title Back to the Nature; Training of Trainers on Rural Tourism
Project Number 2012-1-TR1-LEO05-35140
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The main objective of BACKTONATURE is to contribute to an increase in quality and variety of training on rural tourism and to upgrade knowledge and capacities of VET teachers, trainers and tutors with a European perspective, combining the relative strength brought by each partner country.
Partners from four different countries (AT, BG, LV, and TR) will create a complete course material on rural tourism by adapting the former project results and will deliver it on-line to the target group. This material will ensure developed human resources and improved capacity in rural tourism, together with multiplier effect brought about by dissemination of the innovative training methodology to the potential users.
Tourism is an important driver of the economy in Europe In 2007, more than 9 million people were employed in EU hotels, restaurants and catering (horcea) sector, which equivalent to 4,2% of all people employed. Being conscious about the effect of sector on employment and growth, EU policy makers give utmost importance to enhance tourism potential for employment. Emphasizing on alternative tourism areas are among the policy issues. The analysis conducted by the “European Centre of Development of Vocational Training Skills Supply and Demand in Europe” indicates that the labour demand in Tourism Industry will increase 1% yearly during the next ten years and one million additional employees are needed all over EU countries. A similar trend is also valid for Turkey. Existing skills must be upgraded and skills must be developed to meet new demands in tourism and vocational trainings offers a vital tool for developing skilled labour in this sector.
The project aims to contribute to an increase in quality and variety of training on rural tourism and upgrade knowledge and capacities of VET teachers, trainers, tutors with a European perspective, combining the relative strength brought by each partner country.
In particular, objectives of the project includes to promote the growth of rural tourism while;
• Training VET teachers, tutors, and trainers on rural tourism to provide a better dissemination and valorisation of project outputs which are training modules in rural tourism
• Training the computer literate entrepreneurs and managers who will invest in tourism business
• Transfer best practices and expertise between partners
• Generate dialogue among trainers from partner countries
• Create awareness, especially at rural areas where the highland tourism potential is available
Partners from different countries (AT, BG, LV, and TR) will adapt former project results, develop new curricula, training modules and case studies, and thus create a complete course material on rural tourism which will be delivered on-line to the target population of VET teachers, tutors, tourism entrepreneurs and managers.
Partnership includes regional chambers, adult education provider, tourism vocational school, tourism associations and consultants. This wide range ensures the link between the developers and receivers.
Open and distance learning
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
program or curricula
open and distance learning
The tangible outcomes of the project are e-learning modules and new training materials to be published on project web site, texts and CD-ROMs, promotional materials for meetings, reports on analyses to be carried out prior to the launching of the testing phase of the project, visibility materials connected to the activities of the project.
The intangible outcomes are i) the training of VET trainers, the improved capacity in rural tourism, ii) applied European perspective by exchange of experience and know-how on rural tourism and VET system, iii) multiplier brought about by dissemination of the innovative training methodology to the potential users.