Cooperation for Innovative Approach in Sustainable Forest Management training (CIA2SFM) is a project in which, together with Croatian Forest Research Institute as project coordinator, are involved six other organizations – University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) and Austrian Research Center for Forests (BFW) from Austria, Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) from Croatia, Slovenian Forest Institute, Slovenia Forest Service and Slovenian Institute for Adult Education.
Main priorities addressed by this project are increasing labour market relevance of VET and fostering access to quality VET. Project’s objectives are 1) to develop innovative curriculum and training materials for VET and LLL learners in SFM that is multilingual, use ICT and OER (e-learning) for learning and 2) to implement this pilot programme trans-nationally in Austria, Croatia and Slovenia involving project’s target groups. Project target groups are forestry professionals, especially those young and unemployed, private forest owners (PFOs) who mostly lack knowledge and practical skills in SFM, forestry entrepreneurs and employees of institutions in charge of protected areas management.
The training programme will contribute to increasing number of adults involved in VET and LLL, increased number of adults with entrepreneurial skills, as well as digital skills in using ICT and OER and specific knowledge related to SFM that is relevant for increasing their employability and opportunity for self-employment or new business creation.
Special attention will be put on the analysis of the current status and identification of examples on good practice in professional training in SFM.
The project is expected to bring positive and long-lasting effects on target groups, participating organisations and relevant stakeholders directly or indirectly involved in the project activities. The expected impact on the organisational level is: 1) increased training skills for employees of partner organisations (trainers) for training of VET and LLL learners, 2) increased digital competence of trainers from partner organisations in using ICT and e-learning content for teaching and training, 3) increased capacity of partner organisations to work in EU/international environment through cooperation between partners in project preparation, implementation and follow-up, and 4) increased networking opportunities.
The desired impact on the local and national level is increased employability, self-employment and new business creation for participants and subsequently reducing unemployment rates especially of young highly educated people. The expected impact on the European level is increased number of people participating in VET and LLL and higher quality of professional training in SFM.