KA2 Strategic partnerships is another field where we apply our knowledge about soft skills development. But before new Erasmus plus scheme was established we were invited as partners into another interesting project. It’s called ELMA-TP and is founded by Leonardo da Vinci transfer of innovation scheme.
Project coordinator is Bursa province from Turkey. As is normal in European projects, team members are highly diverse. Altogether 12 project members are coming from 5 different countries: Turkey, Greee, Italy, Latvia and Slovenia.
Project deals with producers of traditional local products (like Extra virgin oil from Slovenian Istria, Prekmurska gibanica, Pirano salt or Carniolan sausage). They are normally of high quality, well known in region of origin and protected under one of European quality schemes. Since strong focus is on quality and production, not enough time is left for equally important fields like innovation, audit and marketing.
That is the primary goal of ELMA-TP project. With in-depth interviews we’ll discover training needs of local producers in project partner countries. We’ll focus on know-how that is needed for succesfull business but not yet fully established at various producers. Majority of training needs will fall into one of the following categories: Protection and Audit, Competition and Innovation, Promotion and Market Development, and System Management.
We’ll carefully analyse interview results and develop appropriate activities to fill the developmental gaps. Probably some combination of best practices, interactive workshops and online database will be necessary to achieve that. Pilot workshops will be implemented in Turkey and other participating countries. We’ll collect feedback, define areas for further improvement and do even better training material.
When the project finishes, results will be available to everybody that is interested in the topic.