Second LTT – Blended mobility for learners – ”New Artisans’ Workroom”

The second LTT will take part in Porto, Portugal, together with the third one. Developing simultaneous these 2 LTT is essential in the project architecture, at it will offer an unique opportunity both to professionals in adult’s education (taking part in C3) and senior artisans to act together in a multicultural environment and begin their transformation into ”changemakers” in their communities.

It will gather 21 senior artisans with strong artistic skills but almost illiterate in entrepreneurship and ICT – 3 from each partner’s organisation (selected from the local piloting activities of IO2).

We will not restrict the selection to people with minimum basic English knowledge because this could affect the project results and impact (as the whole project is created for seniors strongly ”anchored” in a past when you could have a wonderful life without any knowledge of English or ICT). Thus, partners will take care to have at least one participant with some abilities to communicate in English (medium English knowledge is anyway compulsory for participants to C3).

All participants should have very good artistic skills and a relevant activity in traditional crafts or creating hand-made objects (it is not obligatory to already have a business in this field but they should have a constant preoccupation – even just as a hobby – and a clear eagerness to improve (or start) the saleability of their products. Partner organisation will take care to have a wide area of arts/handicrafts covered by participants (painting – on different supports, sculpting – in wood, metal, stone etc. leather processing, sewing/knitting etc.) and at least one craft in risk of disappear (because the people whoknow it are older and older and any young person doesn’t want to learn this) and should sign an agreement with sending organisations according to they will continue to be actively engage in the project by its end.

The LTT includes 30 hours of training (6 hours/day) – 18 in attendance+12 distance learning.

The first two in attendance days include training activities (both altogether and in smaller working groups) aiming to improve participants’ knowledge and abilities in entrepreneurship and ICT (we will insert non-formal activities focused on European identity, values and awareness each day, in a discreet manner, as we are dealing with very Eurosceptic learners).

The first evening will be dedicated to a visit to local artisans’ workshops in Gondomar (Porto Metropolitan Area) where we will organize an exhibition with hand-made objects from all participants (and other intercultural activities aiming to contribute to increase European identity and awareness)

The third day we will have distance learning activities – participants will work by themselves on a computer, using internet to find possible clients (also raw materials sources), make researches related to crafts sector, create an e-mail account (for those who still haven’t) and send messages to other participants, create account on an on-line selling platform and learn how to use it etc. Participants will choose themselves the location for this learning process (could be their accommodation place, public library, organisers’ spaces etc.)

Professionals in adults’ education taking part in C3 will support seniors in this experiential learning process.

The fourth day will be in attendance – dedicated to on-line marketing and instructions on how to create a ”story of a product” as saleable as possible and last day participants (supported again by professionals in adults’ education taking part in C3) will create these stories.

There are 2 types of results:

  • related to the IO – s: a set of recommendations (from senior artisans – as final beneficiaries) for improving IO2, contribution for participatory research for IO1, and a first ready-to-launch version of IO3 (21 presentations related to ”story of a product” ready to be uploaded)
  • related to the learning outcome achieved at the level of 21 senior artisans illiterate in entrepreneurship and ICT & with a high level of Euroscepticism (most of them couldn’t be achieved in a national context) – as follows:
    1. Improved knowledges related to:
    – basic topics related to developing a business in crafts/hand-made sector and how to promote it in virtual environment (selling platforms, social media etc.)
    – technical aspects related to on-line marketing and other modern tools to improve small business focused on hand-made/crafts
    – European values and citizenship
    2. Improved abilities/skills in:
    – communication in a foreign language
    – entrepreneurship – according to European Framework EntreComp
    – ICT – according to European Framework DigComp
    – use social media and on-line marketing tool in promoting their arts/crafts/products
    – promote more actively the European values, identity and awareness