Title AKTOS: Transfer and dissemination of good practices models for professional training in the rural areas.
Project Number 2010-1-ES1-LEO05-21207
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The AKTOS project: “Transfer and Dissemination of good practices models for professional training in the rural areas” has been a Leonardo da Vinci - Transfer for Innovation Project, developed within the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme and with a total lifetime of 18 months.
It intended to transfer the results of a previous project that was developed as Thematic Network within the previous Leonardo da Vinci Programme: FONTES: “Thematic network to validate and disseminate good practises and quality models of vocational training in rural areas”.
The main result that has been transferred within the AKTOS project has been the Good Practises Guide of the previous FONTES project, that intended to inform the users target groups, about the employment possibilities generated by the different endogenous resources of the rural areas, which in many cases are not yet properly exploited.
As project partners in different countries, we have detected the need for a major European cooperation at sectoral level concerning education and vocational training. This need has been detected through personal experience (studying: SWOT reports developed through Rural Development Programmes, Dynamisation Plans, Local Agenda 21 projects) and participating in Debate Forums. It has granted new training itineraries made of a European dimension, developing new forms of common work and promoting a closer cooperation from institutions and multi-agents in the sector.
The Objectives of the project were:
a) Carry out the transfer of a tool that integrates innovative contents and results.
b) Transfer to rural communities in need of a specific training in matters related to endogenous resources.
c) Adapt the content to the needs and requirements of the target groups.
d) Carry out a transfer to new socio-cultural and linguistic contexts.
e) Promote the participation of companies, sectoral organisations and social partners related to vocational training and employment in the project.
f) Promote equal opportunities in work areas.
a) Assessment and final reports of the project.
b) Minutes of the different Transnational Sessions organised.
c) Elaboration of an informative brochure of the Project in all the languages of the partners and in English.
d) Signature of collaboration agreements with other entities.
e) Elaboration and diffusion of an Interactive Good Practice Guide (CD/DVD) in the partners´ languages, adapted to the target group needs.
f) Execution of 4 Permanent Internet Information Panels about the project and transfer issues in order to introduce ICT-based learning services and contents.
g) Creation and maintenance of a Web page for the transfer of results and contact with target groups.
h) Results have been tested with 10 participants in every country to check the validity and adaptation of the transfer to the target groups needs.
a) Rural women.
b) Youth and marginal groups.
c) Social agents.
d) Educational Authorities.
a) Target group.
b) Experts in vocational training, rural development and social agents from the sector. c) Authorities related to training and employment in rural environments.
As project partners in different countries, we have detected the existence of a series of common problems in rural areas in the countries of the European Union. They have been detected through personal experience (studying: Local Agenda 21 projects, Dynamisation Plans, SWOT reports developed through Rural Development Programmes) and the participation in Debate Forums. These problems involve strong rural population loss, high unemployment rate (marginalised groups 42%, rural women 28%, physically disabled people 23%, unqualified young people 27%), lack of adaptation to changes produced in rural areas, lack of entrepreneurship, difficulties in the professionalisation of the rural sector in the New Sources of Employment, insufficient use of the endogenous natural resources, lack of professional qualifications for the transformation of their own products, lack of fluid relations due to the different applied policies for territory management, weak economic solidarity as result of a low level of interregional trade exchanges.
The concept of New Sources of Employment has been configured with the White Paper on Growth, Competitiveness and Employment as an innovative idea to tackle the problem of unemployment and training in EU countries. For this, a major European cooperation at sectoral level in the field of education and vocational training is necessary in order to grant the new training itineraries drawn up on a European dimension, developing new forms of common work and promoting a closer cooperation from institutions and social agents from the sector. For this, the purpose was to develop the AKTOS project aimed at analysing and spreading good practices. The project rationale was to encourage learning in rural areas, taking into account the European Employment Strategy, and to support labour insertion and training of “low-skilled” people “marginal groups”. The project can be used to contribute to the generic objectives defined in the Lisbon and Barcelona Councils and to Copenhagen specific priorities.
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Recognition, transparency, certification
Other Service Activities
Information and Communication
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
description of new occupation profiles
material for open learning
The main achieved results of the AKTOS project are:
• Project final and assessment reports.
• 4 Transnational sessions with the participation of all the partners.
• 1 Website of the project.
• 4 Digital information panels.
• 2.400 Informative brochures of the project.
• 24 Dissemination actions and other publicity actions.
• 30 Collaboration agreements with educational authorities and social agents.
• 6 Testing actions developed in the action areas of the project.
• 1.800 copies of the Interactive Good Practice Guide elaborated within the project lifetime.