Project Number 2011-1-ES1-LEO05-35905
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Among the basic skills for a knowledge based economy, identified by the Lisbon Council in 2000, is Entrepreneurship. The European Council in Stockholm (2001), indicated the need for "developing the spirit of enterprise". The Europe 2020 Strategy has identified a need for training in further basic green skills.
To reach this goal, entrepreneurship and green skills should be learned throughout the education and training system and the education systems should contribute to facilitating the acquisition of skills needed to set up and run an environmentally friendly business.
Entrepreneurship is essential for the growth of rural economies and the sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage resources has a significant role to play to increase the growth of business start ups in rural areas.
The HENGE Project proposes to contribute to rural entrepreneurship education by geographically exporting innovative training solutions to encourage youth, women and older people across Europe who live in rural areas to evaluate and best exploit the potential of their built cultural and natural heritage for alternative enterprise and agritourism, whilst ensuring sustainabilty of these resources. The existing training solutions will undergo development work in order for them to be adapted to the new geographically identified markets. The project will improve the skills development of adults in the labour market, specifically targeting residents in rural areas who may have few or no formal qualifications and face socio-economic disadvantage.
Partnership: The partnership brings together a diverse range of organisations across Europe all with a common interest in resource evaluation and rural entrepreneurship. Countries represented include ES, RO, UK, BU, TR, LT.
Impact: The partners wish to ensure that HENGE is main streamed and usage is multiplied at national level in each of the partner countries beyond the lifespan of the project.
The work of the HENGE partnership has progressed during the first year of the project with the following outcomes:
-Two partner meetings were attended, one in Spain and the second in Scotland.
-To ensure dissemination of the project and its aims and objectives the HENGE web page was developed and translated into Spanish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian and Turkish. The webpage informs about events related to the HENGE project. Products of the project are available and can be downloaded from the results page.
-A leaflet was produced in 6 languages with information on the project. 3000 copies were printed. A database of 700 key contacts, NGOs, VET centres, target groups from all partner countries was prepared and 2 electronic newsletters were produced in 6 languages and emailed to these stakeholders and others.
-Facebook and Twitter accounts were opened for the project. Stakeholders were invited to view and like the Facebook page.
-The consortium organised 2 press conferences and 7 local dissemination events.
-Promotional material such as posters, pens and notepads were developed and distributed to stakeholders at events.
-With a view to easing the task of financial and administrative record keeping, partners sent financial reports to the project coordinator quarterly.
-Work Package 3- Research and Needs Analyses was finalized. To feed the analysis and inform the user requirements, each partner carried out desk research, sent questionnaires to the identified local target groups, organized focus groups, and collected case studies. This led to the identification of course subject areas and a suitable curricula framework for all partner States.
The results of the Needs Analyses have been published and are available on the HENGE web site.
-Work has begun on the E-learning platform.
-Eight internal reports (Financial Reporting and Administration Protocol. Project Dissemination Strategy Manual, Guideline and Methodology for Needs Analysis, Quality Assurance Manual, Curriculum and Materials Development Plan, Ist internal Quality and Evaluation report and Interim internal and external Quality reports) have been produced.
In the second year of the project an amendment was made and the role of Oatrige College was taken over by the SRUC.
-There was a partner meeting in Bulgaria and a Final Conference in Bistrita, Rumania in September 2013.
-3 electronic newsletters in 6 languages were emailed to stakeholders
-The training modules were finalized, translated in to 5 languages and transferred the online learning platform.
-Pilot testing took place in training centres in Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey to verify that the transfer was valid and was adapted to the characteristics of the target groups in each country.
-The course material and/or the LMS was adapted and updated where required.
-The characteristics, qualifications and/or experience needs for trainers was identified and a training course for trainers from partner organizations organized in Bulgaria.
-A tutor support guide for the online programme was prepared.
-The final product, the on-line course, is available to the public as from September 2013.
-The consortium will continue to disseminate and promote the HENGE project.
-To attend sustainability a detailed strategy wasfollowed and recommendations were made for the sustainable use of the project results and impacts beyond the project period.
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Recognition, transparency, certification
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Other Service Activities
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
program or curricula
open and distance learning
The following products have been developed by the project partners:
- A web site in 6 languages
- A leaflet in 6 languages with information on the project.
- A database of key contacts, NGOs, VET centres, target groups from all partner countries
- 5 electronic newsletters in 6 languages
- Facebook and Twitter accounts.
- A Needs Analyses Report
- Internal reports (Financial Reporting and Administration Protocol. Project Dissemination Strategy Manual, Guideline and Methodology for Needs Analysis, Quality Assurance Manual, Curriculum and Materials Development Plan,Internal Quality and Evaluation reports and Interim internal and external Quality reports)
An E-learning training course in 6 languages and a LMS.