Student Training Programme

A training programme for VET students including the Craft your Future methodology, lesson plan and evaluation plan, including tools that VET teachers can use to execute the programme with their students.

Central to all student activities is the look outwards and the connection to stakeholders in traditional crafts, circular economy and trends and new techniques. The training plan will be designed according to the following steps:

Step 1) Students look outwards facing Traditional Crafts

The first step in the training programme will include an introduction to Traditional Crafts. What are traditional crafts? Why are they considered as Cultural Heritage? Why are they important to regions? After the teacher introduction students will take the lead. They will:

  • Investigate the traditional crafts that are part of the cultural heritage of their regions. What can be found online? What networks exist for traditional crafts? What are regional trends on ‘new’ crafts?
  • Invite a guest speaker on the topic of Traditional Crafts. Students will invite fellow students form other courses to attend the guest speaker.
  • Contact artisans and traditional craftsman and visit them to conduct qualitative interviews.
  • Present in international groups and share their findings with each other in an online meeting.
  • Presentation/interaction method for this session to be initiated by the Bulgarian students.

Step 2) Students look outwards facing Trends and New Technologies

Introduction to Trends and New Technologies. What are trends and new technologies? What are examples of new technologies. What are current trends? What is the difference between a trend and a hype? How to spot trends? What tools are available to spot trends?

After the teacher introduction, students will:

  • Investigate trends and new techniques. What regional companies can be considered front runners? Which companies act on current trends and have integrated the trends in their business model? What regional companies are true innovators? Why? In which networks are they active?
  • Invite a guest speaker (see step 1)
  • Contact the front runners, networks and other actors (start-ups, businesses, social entrepreneurs) and visit them to conduct qualitative interviews.
  • Brainstorm in international groups and share their findings with each other in an online meeting. Brainstorm method for this session to be initiated by the Spanish students.

Step 3) Students look outwards facing the Circular Economy

Introduction to the Circular Economy. What is a circular economy? Why is it an important aspect of our future? Awareness of waste-streams. Where can we find examples of circular economies? Examples of companies that adjusted their business model to fit the circular economy (Maker Movement).

After the teacher introduction, students will:

  • Investigate the circular economy and how it is reflected in their regions. What regional companies are sustainable? In what way? Which circular economy networks exist?
  • Invite a guest speaker (see step 1).
  • Contact sustainable companies, networks and other actors (local authorities, stakeholders) and visit them to conduct qualitative interviews.
  • Brainstorm in international groups and share their findings with each other in an online meeting. Brainstorm method for this session to be initiated by the Dutch students.

Step 4) Students connect the dots

How can the connection of traditional crafts, trends and new technologies and the circular economy lead to innovations? After a teacher-led session laced with examples, students will be in the lead to:

  • Brainstorm with each other on the question ‘How can new techniques push traditional crafts to the 21st century in a circular economy?’
  • Look for examples in their region. Which companies / social entrepreneurs have successfully connected two of the 3 themes (traditional crafts, trends and new technologies and the circular economy) in a new product or service?
  • Think about & propose innovations to regional craftsmen that students involved in step 1
  • Brainstorm in international groups and share findings with each other in an online meeting

Organise a regional event (multiplier event) where the Craft Your Future findings will be presented and regional stakeholders will be invited.