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HORECA SEMINAR IN BRADFORD, United Kingdom 31.01.2019

31 January 2019 in Bradford, United Kingdom we held our International Conference funded by the Eramus+ in regards to the International Project ''Tourism Sector Staff Trainer''


Transnational Project Number/ agreement: 2017-1-PL01-KA202-038802
Funded by Erasmus+


During our international conference we exceed the number of Participants. Over 60 participants took a part in our event. 


Our guests were the Educators who deliver trainings or workshops, in addition to their  experience and knowledge of their profession. We discussed the competences and skills in the areas of techniques and  tools of running training groups. Without additional competences, trainings/workshops are ineffective,  unattractive, often useless or the same as elsewhere. The  ability to transfer knowledge is particularly important  during those practical trainings. This is  also the case with expert knowledge in catering - no chef,  bartender or waiter will learn the professions in theory.


During the seminar we shared our knowledge regarding the outcomes of the projects, its stages and disemination of the results of the intellectual work. We shared the knowledge about the HORECA sector and newest trends . Our guest speakers from Poland, Hungary and UK presented strategies for HORECA Sector. At the end of the event we run a networking session in order to allow integration between HORECA industry representatives, sharing ideas, presenting certificates and handouts (information packs). 


Practicing is crucial and required also under the  supervision of professional masters / trainers. HORECA  trainers are the project’s beneficiary group -  upgrading and adapting their qualifications to  market’s needs, developing creative and  entrepreneurial attitudes in the society, and lifelong  learning awareness are very important for vocational  education, including the HORECA industry.


The main  aim of the project is to develop a standardized  qualification of a professional trainer / VET (according to  research results) in the HORECA sector, in accordance with  the EQF, and a comprehensive trainer training program, to  increase the number of qualified trainers in the catering  industry.


Based on the experience of partner  organizations, we presented the built standard of HORECA  trainers' competence and ready-to-use educational  materials. Beneficiaries were equipped with tools for  anyone who would like to improve their competence and skills  in training for HORECA in the package of coaching and  interpersonal competencies. 


Based on  our own experiences and interviews with HORECA trained  trainers, we have identified three occupational standards  for which we develop and validate the educational pathways  within the project:

- chef  trainer (training for kitchen supporting staff, cooks,

chefs),

- bartender trainer (training for bartenders,

sommalieres),

- waiter trainer (training for waiters).



We presented the  three stages of the project and it's outcomes. 


1.  Research on expectations, held competences, lack of  competences among HORECA trainers  and educators.

2. Developing the competency standards of the VET coach in the  HORECA industry together with the  preparation of the educational platform.

3. Validation - testing the worked out solutions During the  first phase of the project, experts / specialists /  researchers from each Partner’s country will be  present. 


HORECA employees, employers, entrepreneurs,  trainers and educators were included in this study  to fully comprehensively involved in this process. The  interviews, surveys, focus studies were carried with  them. The second  phase of the project involved experts and trainers  working in vocational training field, NVQ trainings, adult  education in the HORECA industry, as well as graphic  designers, programmers and IT professionals to work on the  technical side and creation of the educational platform in 3 different languages. 


The third  phase of the project will be implementation and testing the  worked out solutions - here all people willing to take a  part in workshops and trainings will be invited to take a  part in in the training with the use of all  standards.


Project results:

1) A study  report from 3 Partner countries

2)  Competence standards for VET trainers in the HORECA industry

3) Educational platform

4) Training modules for the three VET trainer’s  competency standards in the HORECA industry.

5) VET  Trainer Validation Report in the HORECA  Industry.


The  increased level of competence of trainers who train in the  HORECA industry will have an impact on the functioning and  development of the entire industry in the international  environment. Trainers  with adequate skills and qualifications will be able to  better train others and will provide knowledge to employees  or future employees, potential candidates in the touristic  industry. The staff will be better prepared - it will  improve the functioning of the business - hotels,  restaurants and will contribute to the development of the  whole industry.


This was fantasist event and opportunity to network many different businesses. 


Thank you for your participation!