The European Association of the Via Francigena Ways (EAVF) has been awarded the Erasmus + tender which will enable training for 70 young Italian graduates in France, the United Kingdom and Spain.
The EAVF, as part of the Erasmus + Program, is the leader of the transnational mobility project called “FORREsT: new skills FOR expeRiEntial Tourism”.
The project foresees 62 days of mobility of 70 Italian graduates from Tourism, Marketing and Corporate Information Systems sectors to travel to France, the United Kingdom and Spain (25 students to France, 20 students to the United Kingdom and 25 – to Spain), to enrich their professional training through international work experiences.
For the realization of the project, the EAVF established a specific national consortium that includes the Valle d’Aosta, Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany and Lazio regions. The Consortium is composed of Institutes of Higher Education, Local and Regional Authorities and Tourism Promotion Associations.
The project aims to respond to new international tourism trends (experiential and sustainable tourism) and to promote the development of specific professional skills in the relevant sector. The project ensures economic development of the areas affected by the transit of the Via Francigena, with a view to enhance local communities, united by a European cultural identity expressed by the Via Francigena.
The young participants will have work placement opportunities in European companies in tourism sectors, thanks to a scholarship that will include identification of a potential placement, communication with an host organization, linguistic preparation via the European platform OLS, cultural and pedagogical training, round-trip travel, an insurance coverage, housing; professional, logistic and organizational tutoring and monitoring; training certification.
“FORREsT” has a duration of 24 months and is funded by the European Union. Radio Francigena is project’s media partner and Euro Glocal – its technical partner.
The project was presented on 15 October 2019 in Fidenza (Parma, Italy).