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Bariści, somelierzy, obsługa eventów - specjaliści na miarę europejską
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

A significant increase of the level of catering, hotel and tourist services has recently been noticed in Poland. It makes the educational institutions raise the quality of vocational training in the mentioned areas. The future employees must gain not only the general vocational skills that are taught according to New School Curriculum, but they also should be trained in narrow niche specialities such as sommelier, barista and event organizer. These jobs are very noble and popular in many countries in Europe and all over the world. Restaurant and hotel owners in Poland have been looking for such specialists for a long time. They need them to work in newly open wine bars, cafes, coffee houses, coffee bars, cafeterias, which are still enlarging in number. It is also connected with introducing in Poland a new wine and/or coffee – consuming style, especially that of special tastes and decorations. New specialities are introduced at educational institutions, for example enology – studies about wine. Vocational training at those narrow specialities completed in partner countries, which are rich in experience in the area, will let a beneficiary gain additional skills - those ones which are in demand at labour markets. Nowadays, the event organization is an essential part of business tourism and has important meaning for the development of towns and cities, companies planning their image, as well as, travel agencies. That is why, being a skilful organizer of such events is of great importance. The Polish market of event organization is still not very well-developed. It means that skills and knowledge concerning the area are rare and unique. Moreover, there is a growing demand for such services thanks to their specific character. The direct aim of the project is to provide students having training in the host institutions with the competences needed to work as a sommelier, barista, hotelier, travel agent or event organizer according to European standards. They will obtain additional value which can help them to improve their skills in chosen profession. The indirect goal is to transfer the acquired skills and experience to the school environment and to cooperate with the institutions connected with food, tourism, wine and coffee industries which in the future can offer jobs for graduates of the school. It can result directly and indirectly in the reduction of unemployment rate. The school will profit by improving the quality of vocational training standards. Obtaining a certificate confirming skills at a European level is also essential for professional mobility and a future career. Apart from gaining professional experience, it is important to acquire linguistic competence especially that relevant to a particular branch (thus, new foreign languages, i.e. Italian or Spanish, are introduced). Multilingual competence is widely appreciated and it facilitates the professional mobility of a young graduate. The training will raise students’ confidence, creativity and will allow them to get to know new people, the culture and customs of another country and they will get better opportunities to get a job. Selected partners from Italy and Spain will provide conditions for carrying out the main goals of the project connected with getting new professional skills still searched by Polish employers. In these countries the professions of sommelier, barista and event organizer are very popular so they are believed to have great traditions and highly skilled employees. The member of the project will have training in restaurants and hotels with very well trained staff. These specialists will share their knowledge and experience with the students. The hotels chosen as host institutions will be equipped with conference and fair facilities. Implementation of training will be possible to materialize only due to the cooperation between Italian and Spanish organizations. Partners chosen to take part in this project have long-standing experience in implementation of training tasks, highly qualified staff and knowledge about the ranges of running many companies connected with the areas concerning this project. The participants of the project are the students from our school being educated in professions connected with waiting staff, catering, nutrition and hotel industries and tourism services. Beneficiaries are students of the second or the third year studies at our school who have obtained basic skills in mentioned professions during their vocational practice either at school or at other work places. Vocational skills gained during this training for sommelier, barista and event organizer will be great additional value for the course. The project’s participants will be provided with an extensive organizing and logistic support. The staff members will provide caring for youngsters during the training placement abroad. The student and teachers will be writing reports during their training and use the blog.
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