19.11.2016 11:19

A picturesque and relaxing way of working - whereabouts?

From 5th to 12th October 2016, Andreas A., Michael H. and 12 colleagues from the field horticulture and landscape gardening took part in a VETPRO seminar in Crete within an Erasmus+ mobility project.

From 5th to 12th October 2016, Andreas A., Michael H. and 12 colleagues from the field horticulture and landscape gardening took part in a VETPRO seminar in Crete within an Erasmus+ mobility project. They were all accommodated in the Orthodox Academy in Kolympari. The co-operation between the Orthodox Academy and the DLR in Oppenheim/Palatinate exists since 1996. Within the framework of this co-operation, horticulture trainees complete interplant seminars on the use and processing of natural stone in Crete and build projects of local natural stone in the outdoor area of the academy. This year, the training course of the trainees took place at the same time as the seminar of the trainers, so they visited the trainees every day.

The Erasmus+ seminar aimed at introducing the trainers to the Greek training system and to establish common projects. So they visited two vocational schools in Tavronitis and Heraklion. The directors delivered insight into the organization and procedures of the training. In Greece, vocational training is supervised by the ministry of labor; the respective vocational schools are responsible for its organization. If a participant registers for training in school, the school has to look for an appropriate apprenticeship company. Training normally has duration of 2 years, in some professions 3 years. An “ordinary” training day of a Greek trainee is as follows: 8 am to 2 pm training in the company, then a break and ride to the vocational schools, from 4:30 pm to 8 pm vocational school – 5 days a week, with 16 days of vacation per year. Surprisingly, there is barely absenteeism among the trainees, motivation has a high level. In comparison to the German vocational training, there are only 25 training vocations in Greece (e.g. in Greece, gardener is not a training vocation). It was very interesting to talk to the trainees as it revealed their high motivation.

Further visits of selected sectoral training and working possibilities in Crete completed this issue (e.g. we visited a company that produces olive oil). The seminar, which was perfectly prepared by the organizers (including wonderful weather), also left enough time to get to know Greek culture and history. We visited the Greek orthodox monastery in Kolympari, the temple of Knossos in Heraklion as well as the German military cemetery of Maleme. Those informative and nice days were over far too quickly.

We would like to thank again all organizers and participants. We hope that we can deepen our newly established contacts in the future and that our horticulture trainees will be able to obtain further possibilities of qualification.

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