United Artisans and Schools

In this activity there will be two meetings between the main target groups of the project, such as artisans and vocational training promoters. In the proposed activity the partners of this project will present the activity that they develop in their workshops through a visit to the workshops where the people in charge of the schools and vocational training centres will be able to know first hand the activity that they develop as well as the needs of specialisation and employment opportunities that exist in them. During these visits, workshops will be held where, through working groups, a proposal for itineraries, courses or subjects to be included in the training plans of the vocational training centres can be drawn up. This activity is aimed at achieving the objectives of the project. With regard to the first objective: To insert subjects/itineraries related to the different craft activities in the vocational training and employment training centres. This activity puts those responsible for these training centres and the craft centres in direct contact with each other so that through mutual knowledge and debate they can create synergies and collaborations aimed at achieving the objective. With regard to the second objective: To make it possible for people who want to dedicate themselves to artisan work to receive training in this field, this activity has a direct impact on this objective, as the synergies created between the artisans and the training centres will promote the offer of training in these subjects. With regard to the third: Uniting synergies between training centres for employment and craftsmen, the activity tackles it by creating this meeting in an institutionalised and organised way. At the end of this activity the following results are expected: – Mutual knowledge of the circumstances and work of craftsmen and training centres. – Proposal of training modules – Establishment of a long-lasting collaboration between the participating centres.

Artisan crafts as employment and culture

UNESCO notes that “Traditional handicrafts are perhaps the most tangible manifestation of intangible cultural heritage. However, the 2003 Convention is primarily concerned with the skills and knowledge used in craft activities, rather than with the craft products themselves. Rather than concentrating on the preservation of craft objects, safeguarding efforts should focus on encouraging craftspeople to continue to make their products and to pass on their knowledge and skills to others, particularly within their communities. Social awareness of the importance of craft work and ways to safeguard these professions is very important, especially in our increasingly globalised societies with delocalised production. Craft work also has an important impact on the conservation and restoration of Europe’s historical and artistic heritage and the preservation of Europe’s cultural roots. Through this activity, a web portal will be created which will include. -The project website itself. – All the materials, links, videos, websites that deal with crafts as cultural heritage. – The conclusions of the workshops held in the previous activity. For the launching of this web portal, a dissemination campaign will be carried out in the local media, employment training centres and craftsmen and craftswomen. This activity helps to achieve the objectives of the project, since raising public awareness of the importance of craftsmanship, and how it forms part of our idiosyncrasy, is fundamental for the general public to support these projects and for the craft workshops and industries to maintain their activity and incorporate new specialised personnel. At the end of the activity it is expected: – That people interested in crafts will have a reference of information on the web portal. – That at least 10% of the population of the municipalities of Granada and Perugia are aware of the existence of the web portal.