30 Jan European Project, The APPETITE has started.
The APPETITE (Agrifood Partnership Promoting Education for the Transition of the Industry Toward Enduring Business Models) project started on 1st of December, 2017. The APPETITE Project, supported by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme, aims at developing and delivering training and practical education on enduring business models among an innovative training course addressing, on the one side, to experienced agri-food entrepreneurs and on the other side, to youth seeking for new work opportunities.
The 2 – year project is supported by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme, and has 7 partners from 5 EU Countries (Turkey, Spain, Italy, Denmark and France). Union of Dairy, Beef, Food Industrialists and Producers of Turkey (SETBIR) is the coordinator of the APPETITE Project. The partners are; FEDACOVA (Spain), FEDERALIMENTARE (Italy), CRITT (France), COORDINA (Spain), Aalborg University (Denmark), TATICS (Italy).
The project addresses the needs for education and training in the field of Enduring Business Models in the agrifood sector. Agrifood sector is a contaminating industry characterised by an eldering workforce, thus needing a deep renewal.
APPETITE project addresses those challenges through the development of a training: of which purposes are:
To rise the awareness of experienced agrifood entrepreneurs about their needs for adaptation and innovation to make a transition toward a sustainable business model.
To develop new competences for youth and unemployed to allow them to apply innovation and sustainable schemes to the agrifood sector.
APPETITE partners will use open and innovative education methods, embedded in the digital era.
The project will focus on the provision of relevant VET skills addressing two main target groups: Continuous training (C-VET) for experienced agri-food entrepreneurs, needing to renew their skills and up-skills to further develop their SMEs toward long term sustainable practices, integrating social, environmental and economic factors. I-VET and/or C-VET for youth, especially low-skilled youth or unemployed, providing them new knowledge, skills and competence in business management and business models in the agri-food sector as a career opportunity.
This group has informal high level digital competences that might be used by the first group.
This project relies on 4 pillars: three training packages addressing respectively the entrepreneurs, the youth and both together in an intergenerational pack, and an online platform. APPETITE concerns the implementation of an Online Training Course through an OER Learning Platform answering the need for strategic business models in the agrifood sector. Through this platform the trainees, elder entrepreneurs and youth will obtain and strengthen high quality work-based skills and competences in order to develop more efficient and sustainable business models.
This Project is in line with the sustainable development goals of the UN, especially with SDG target 4.7: By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development; and Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.
The website www.appetiteproject.eu – which illustrates the APPETITE project aims and objectives, the managing consortium, the planned activities and events, and the news about the project – is online.