Why Craft your future?

Craft Your Future contributes to social cohesion by letting young people become closer to and more involved with their region’s cultural heritage. Students will become aware of their regions traditional crafts and spot the threats that this specific cultural heritage is facing. By being aware of and actively involved with cultural heritage, students will learn to cherish it and realize that it is more than historical monuments left behind from the past. Students will grasp that cultural heritage is all the things, places and practices that define who we are as individuals, as communities, as regions. It will enhance the sense of local pride of youngsters and therefor the liveability of a region.


The regions Friesland (NL), Central Bulgaria (BG), Valencia (ES) bear a wealth of intangible heritage, such as traditions, knowledge of old crafts and social networks. What all regions have in common as well is waste. It has become essential to create a circular economy in which the reuse of products and raw materials is maximised, and their value destruction minimised. In Craft Your Future students examine whether the advancing technology and trends can help revitalize old crafts using waste as raw material.


The rise of youth unemployment in the EU underlines the necessity to spark a dynamic and positive attitude among young people towards enterprising behaviour, networking skills and pro-activity. Learning by doing and educating students to take initiative and investigate opportunities themselves, rather than waiting for others to take the initiative, will increase employability. Craft Your Future addresses this need by the key focus on the initiative of the student.


Craft your Future recognises that young people in Europe must look outwards and proactively engage with the challenges and opportunities that our modern globalising world provides.
What trends & new technologies (e.g. 3D printing and laser cutting but also the use of big data, new ways of interacting, social entrepreneurship, circular economy) are feeding into our society today that can lift traditional crafts to the 21st century?
Concretely, Craft your Future aims to:

  • Let VET students become closer to and more involved with their regions old crafts and traditions and cherish it.
  • Ensure young people have the power, knowledge and competences to be the change for sustainability that our world needs.
  • Educate VET students to be the innovators in the companies they will work for in the future by letting become aware of trends & new technologies and learn how to spot them.
  • Start the inter-cultural conversation and exchange between youngsters about cultural heritage (traditional crafts), trends & new techniques and the circular economy, let them discover what their regions have in common and how using trends & new techniques can push traditional crafts to the 21st century in a circular economy.
  • Increase the pool of work-based learning opportunities for students in order to develop their competences for future working life.
  • Preserve cultural heritage by using culture as a driver for creative innovation, turning intangible tradition and waste management issues into a real future by using trends and new techniques.
  • Develop VET teachers’ skills by letting them to work with their students on ‘real-life’ cases.
  • Reinforce VET colleges network by setting up a cooperation with regional stakeholders.
  • Create a bridge between generations. The young generation will understand the elder generation better by getting to know them through their craft knowledge and stories and vice versa.


Craft Your Future students are in the lead to:
1) investigate challenges and opportunities on the cutting edge of traditional crafts, trends & new technologies and the circular economy,
2) design innovative solutions to the challenge of waste recycling by using traditional crafts and trends & new technologies,
3) propose solutions and innovations to the world of work and develop community strategies to convince communities to buy local & sustainable. Craft Your Future will develop the following tangible products:
• IO1 – Craft your Future – Student Training Programme
• IO2 – Craft your Future – Regional Alliance set-up toolkit
• IO3 – Craft Your Future – Regional strategy and action plan
• IO4 – Craft your Future – Online Community