Leonardo Da Vinci
The Leonardo Da Vinci Programme
The LEONARDO DA VINCI program is a Community action program for the implementation of a European Community vocational training policy.
The program was established by the decision of the Council of Ministries of the European Communities of 6 December 2020 and published in the Official Journal of the European Communities under L340 on 29 December 1994. It defines the specific instruments required to implement the Community vocational training policy, in particular the fields of action, objectives, measures and themes covered. The program was planned to last five years, from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 1999. However, following a recent decision, the program will continue in the years 2000 - 2005.
The aim of all the measures receiving support the LEONARDO DA VINCI program is to achieve four major objectives:
- To enhance the quality and increase the quantity of vocational training actions;
- To improve the ability of training providers to respond to demand from business and industry;
- To encourage innovation in vocational training content and in the formation of partnerships;
- To support and supplement national vocational training policies and initiatives.
In order to achieve these objectives, the program mainly provides support for transitional cooperation between the vocational training players of several participating countries, which represents the real added value of this Community initiative. Indeed, the program assumes the risks involved with transitional cooperation to enable participants to exchange and pool best vocational training practices in order to develop new approaches.
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The Euroconfectioners program
Training for confectioners in Greece has traditionally been nationally focused and limited to initiative training level. To promote growth in the sector, schemes for continuing training must be developed. This program aims to respond to this need through the development of on - and - off - the job training programs design to improve skills and knowledge confectionery techniques and production process.
The program offered the opportunity to 15 Greek confectioners' training managers to complete two weeks of intensive training in two specialized companies in Germany and France. Each company each organized training sessions covering different aspects of confectionery work. Practical courses focused on areas such as confectioner specialties and mixtures, and traditional and new techniques. Factory visits particularly emphasised production processes, organization and quality control. The program also enabled partners to discuss sectoral development and vocational training program organization in companies in other EU Member States. The program was evaluated by the German and French partners. Program results were disseminated:
Through a seminar to Greek participants,
Through communication with the affiliated Greek organizations,
Through the media awarness, and
Through communication media to other confectioners and interested parties.
As a result of this intensive dissemination effort, the syndicate of confectioners of Athens, Greece, prepared their own proposal for the Leonardo 1998 program. The proposal was accepted, and the program is implemented within 1999.
The program contributed to the general development of the confectioners sector, enhance the status and image of the profession through improved quality of training, and lead to the creation of a new transnational training structure.
The Greek confectioners and the tutors with the products prepared (Paris, Callebaut company).
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The Euroconfectioners program relates to the efforts of Greek Confectioners to improve their sectors vocational training system in terms of continuous training, organization and image. In general the program aimed to:
- Provide 15 Greek confectioners / Training managers with the opportunity to follow continuing training in specialized companies in France, Belgium and Germany in order to improve their skills and Knowledge on new techniques and production processes in the confection of sweets.
- Develop new vocational ‘on - and - off - the job’ training programs in the confectioner’s sector in co - operation with specialized companies from other counrties.
- Improve the status and image of the confectioner’s profession in the prefecture of Ioannina by increasing quality in vocational training and adding a European dimension to the sector.
This program was chosen among the best programs implemented in 1998, and was presented during the Leonardo Da Vinci “contact and information days” Conference held in Brussels on the 18th , 19th of January 1999.
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The Continuation of the program
Following the positive impact and results of the above program, the “next step” has been prepares, as a proposal, by the BIC of Epirus, the syndicate of Ioannina’s confectioner’s and the University of Ioannina. It includes the preparation of a visual vocational training kit based on elements, instructions and data, on training, from the European Companies Callebaut & Martin Braun. This training kit, when it will prepared, will be used in a pilot project for the training of local confectioners at a specific program designed by the University of Ioannina. The above plan is a proposal filled for financing in the new Leonardo Da Vinci program of 1999 (the review process for the financing or not of this year’s programs has not been completed yet).
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