SFATE - SMART FARM TRAINING FOR EMPLOYMENT

Erasmus + KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training – Development of Innovation Priorities:
    • Open and innovative education, training and youth work, embedded in the digital era
    • Promoting work-based learning in all its forms, with special attention to apprenticeship-type training

Duration: 24 months: from 31/12/2016 to 30/12/2018


PARTNERS

 

Coordinating organization

Consellería de Cultura,Educación e Ordenación Universitaria – Dirección Xeral de Educación, FP e Innovación Educativa

  AC3A- Association des Chambres d’Agriculture de l’Arc Atlantique -France
  Philipps Universitaet Marburg – Germany
  Biotehniski Center Naklo – Slovenia
  Federación EFA Galicia – Spain
  Universidad de Santiago de Compostela – Land Laboratory – Spain


CONTEXT

Under the Europe 2020 Strategy, Growth and employment in rural areas, food security and climate change are the challenges facing the response of the new agricultural reform in the EU. An adequate response to these challenges represents a third revolution in the sector, which is already in progress in agriculture and requires the appropriate means. In Indeed, these are digital media, robotics, that affect remote management and improve surveillance and early warning, also represent an employment opportunity for qualified young people in these subjects.

Smart Farming was accepted as a method to improve livelihoods and sustainability, but there is a need for a change in practice and in mindset among farmers to bring this about; requires bringing together advisory services; stimulates Networking and Cooperation. New technologies can be transformative, but there is a need to make these more widely known, including practical examples of their use and application.

SFATE partners have decided to work together approximating innovation to rural actors, and especially the youngest who are more familiar with digital and technologies tools.


OBJECTIVES

• To increase knowledge and the acquisition of smart farming skills in VET Centers
• To identify new employment opportunities regarding smart farming
•To spread knowledge on smart farming to the general public in order to generate attractiveness to rural areas


TARGET GROUP

Teachers, trainers, advisers, entrepreneurship advisors, students, farmers, and young people in general but also those who are not from agricultural areas.


ACTIVITIES

The core of the project consists of 8 activities addressed to get the foreseen results:

A1. INVENTORY OF EXISTING PRACTICES. Identify existing practices of smart farming, collecting all the information concerned
A2. EXCHANGE OF EXPERIENCES IDENTIFIED. Analysis of technologies, processes, human resources
A3. ADAPTATION OF CONTENTS to be presented in a virtual source called “Smart Farming Portal”
A4. Study "New Jobs and Farm Innovation". Analyze the existing practices on smart farm focused on an employment perspective
A5. DESIGN THE SMART FARMING PORTAL
A6. TESTING the functioning of the SFATE PORTAL
A7. ANALYSIS OF TESTING RESULTS AND FEED-BACK
A8. TRAINING for users


RESULTS

Ouput 1

1. Smart Farming Portal
To increase knowledge and the acquisition of smart farming skills in VET Centers the SFATE partnership design and set up a training portal called "smart farming portal". Teachers, trainers of VET Centers, advisors, students, young people, have a new digital source to teach and learn on smart farming. Young people studying at the VET connect through the training portal with real experiences concerning the use of smart farm technologies and its possibilities for new jobs and employment.

2. Study Report on new jobs and farm innovation
The report is aimed to make a didactic guide that will orient trainers on the best way of using the tools which were made in the project so as to develop the required competences that are needed to operate the identified technologies. The report will also provide valuable information to design curricula, so as to better target them to the available job opportunities within the scope of the project.


IMPACTS

  • Increasing skills on smart farming of Teachers, trainers, advisors, students and farmers
  • Improving the CURRICULA OF THE VET CENTERS
  • To have a new tool for vocational training
  • To offer a wider VET base on smart farming
  • Increasing attractivity of rural areas to young people and general public
  • To increase the knowledge on new employment opportunities in rural areas base on smart farming

 

 

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