The traditional activity of artisans and artisans is part of that valuable European cultural heritage that we have to protect, promote and contribute to their future survival.
Handicrafts are an important source of job creation in Europe, but many of those professions are at risk of being lost. With our project we want, on the one hand, to help conserve and disseminate this ancestral knowledge about these artisan crafts, especially those that are in danger of disappearing. And, on the other, increase the employability of young people from the creation of start-up linked to the application to these trades of virtual reality and 3D printing.
We intend to contribute to new generations detecting entrepreneurship opportunities in this sector of European crafts, so that they generate value and, as their ancestors did, can continue to live on it. The project must be financed because:
1) We work explicitly, and in a main way, some of the European priorities in our national context of this 2019 call: on the one hand, the European cultural heritage, because handicraft is our central theme. And on the other, social inclusion, because we intend to eliminate gender stereotypes in relation to access to certain craft trades through activities that will help address gender diversity and equality.
2) Our project arises from the detection of specific and relevant needs detected after the application, by partner schools in their respective environments, of the SWOT analysis. The conclusions were unanimously shared by all. As regards the “Threats”, we agree to point out the loss of employment and cultural heritage that resulted in the disappearance of artisan crafts.
The main “Weakness” identified was the difficulty of our graduated students to find a job that, in part, was due to the need for a greater connection of the educational competences we work in relation to those required by the companies in our environments. We agree that the solution to the needs found were:
a) Only with the endogenous development of the territories where our centers are inserted would these problems be solved.
b) If we wanted to contribute to the above, we need to deepen our relationships to conserve and promote these craft trades and, at the same time, collaborate for the joint detection of entrepreneurship opportunities offered by the handicraft sector at European level.
3) Because it is innovative in relation to the exchange of good experiential practices that will affect the adoption of new teaching performance guidelines.
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