Title Europe Local Manufacturers Training Platform
Project Number 2013-1-TR1-LEO05-47598
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The ELMA-TP project is based on Promotion and Marketing of Local and Regional Products (PROUDFARMER). The project is strongly end-user driven and heavily relies on knowledge-based approaches. Through combining high quality informative materials and information on the best practices from different corners of Europe the partnership aims to show the ways for farmers and rural businesses how to find their place in the market, and to motivate them to apply their full capacities to be competitive in the new economic conditions. The products developed are integrated in formal and non-formal education systems in the partner countries.
Methodological Training Tools in Marketing (MTTM) (VET/life-long education Program, Training Manual, Workbook and Web Tool) developed and trainers from partner countries trained to train farmers, rural SMEs and vocational school students for marketing niche products and products with local or regional identity.
Local products are mainly products and services produced and offered by traditional sectors, while the monotonousness and rejection of change and innovation that stems from the tendency of becoming traditional makes it difficult for them to adapt to changing market conditions, eventually exhausting their capacity of competition. The general objective of the ELMA-TP is to increase the capacities of the companies to enter into new markets and their market share by generating vocational education and training environments based on career (CVET) and easily accessible in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) based on the regional production and thus contribute to the growth and competition power of the region and country. Another general objective of the ELMA-TP project is to contribute to implementation of the 'Principles of the Small Business Act for Europe' in European Union countries and in our country as well.
Objectives of the ELMA-TP project are owners of business, entrepreneurs, and employees of the businesses based on the regional production;
Development of the innovation abilities which are not technological (implementation of new and more effective business matters- organizational innovation, marketing in a way that product attracts more customers) provision of incremental innovation of the business organizations.
-Raising awareness as to geographical indications -which are the most substantial instrument of practicing quality policies-, encouraging manufacture of quality products and enhancing their capability of branding;
- Ensuring perpetual awareness by updating information regarding the legislations such as national and international geographical indications, EU harmonization codes, quality standards in relation with the sector and develop their export capacities,
-Inform regarding the grant-incentives towards SMEs to create new markets, develop their networks by creating awareness about the participation in the national and international exhibition, seminars, fairs, to ensure transfer of best practices and provide mobility of the local products.
-To contribute generalizing the use of BIT for business organizations to keep up with the change.
Total numbers of partners including the applicant is 12. There are total five countries. And the total cost of the project is 400.000 Euro while the total community grant is 300.000 Euro.
Local products are mainly products produced and offered by traditional sectors while the uniform and rejection of change and innovation that stems from the tendency of becoming traditional makes it difficult for them to adapt to changing market conditions, eventually exhausting their capacity of competition. This situation is not intrinsic merely to our nation. It is indeed a common issue for all sectors where enterprises of small and medium scale are in dominant position, governance skills are limited, business quality suffers due to lack of sufficient input of new work force and research & development and innovation capacity is low. It is underlined in the report published by KOSGEB in 2008.
When laying out the National Rural Development Strategy, the State Planning Organization (DPT) takes into account realization of local potential in terms of marketing under the title of 'Strategic Objective 1: Developing Economy and Increasing Employment Opportunities'.
Exclusive strategies are developed in EU member states for products which maintain quality characteristics consolidated by their local nature and well-known and are associated with the state in which they are produced. There have been examples that products and manufacturers operate under better commercial circumstances, rendering local products capable of making vast contributions to regional economy thanks to the impact of branding. European Union policies have been developed to encourage geographical indications, which are an efficient means of protecting marketing and branding local products. The first regulations in this regard were the regulations number EEC 2081/92 and 2082/92 in the EU.
The ELMA-TP project has been prepared on the basis of EU priorities set for 2013, European 2020 strategies and the Bruges Communiqué.
The print outs of the Promotion and Marketing of Local and Regional Products ( PROUDFARMER) project transferred according to the results of the needs analysis of the target audience shall be adapted to the training tools with ELMA-TP project. Initially, training modules will be prepared with emphasis on 4 main elements; Protection and Audit, Competition and Innovation, Promotion and Market Development, and System Management. And new training tools will be developed. These will be based on e-Learning, Blended Learning and T-Learning..The effects of the questionnaire will be measured through quantitative as well as qualitative tools like pretests and posttests.
The general objective is to increase the capacities of the companies to enter into new markets and their market share by generating vocational education and training environments based on career (CVET) and easily accessible in SMEs based on the regional production and contribute to the growth and competition power of the region and country. The Principles of the Small Business Act for Europe were published on June 5, 2011, as a Prime Ministry Communiqué and all public institutions were instructed to take these principles into consideration for of their operations. Another objective is to contribute to implementation of the 'Principles of the Small Business Act for Europe' in EU countries and in our country as well.
The targets are;
- Development of the non-technological innovation abilities (implementation of new and more effective business matters- organizational innovation, marketing in a way that product attracts more customers) provision of incremental innovation of the business organizations.
- Encourage the manufacturing of quality product and increase their capability in branding.
- Ensuring perpetual awareness by updating information regarding the legislations such as national and international geographical indications, EU harmonization codes, and quality standards in relation with the sector.
-Inform regarding the grant-incentives towards SMEs, develop their markets and networks by creating awareness about the participation in the national and international exhibition, seminars, and fairs.
-To ensure transfer of best practices by realizing cooperation and experience share with EU member countries, and provide mobility of the regional products.
-Transform business organizations into Learning Organization by encouraging the creation of appropriate environments where employees reflect their vocational information to the business organization
The ELMA-TP project overlaps with the three priorities which were laid out also within the scope of the Europe 2020 strategies: Smart Growth (an economy based on knowledge and innovation), Sustainable Growth (more efficient utilization of resources, a green and more competitive economy) and Inclusive Growth (an economy of high employment rates which ensures integration in the economic, social and peripheral senses). The general objective and targets of the ELMA-TP project overlaps with then with the European 2020 vision. It serves the priority 3 of 2013 LDV programme priority.
Open and distance learning
Information and Communication
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
open and distance learning
material for open learning
European Regional product Current Status Report
European Regional Product Inventory
5 Annual European Workshops
The web site for Europe Local Manufacturers
European Resource generator
E-learning platform for the Europe Local Manufacturers
Europe Regional Product Day