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Integrated Culinary Arts and Restaurant Sector Employment Solutions for a Skilled and Inclusive Romania-Bulgaria Cross Border Region

What’s the goal?

To facilitatelabor mobility in the restaurant/culinary business in the RO-BG cross border area through joint skill-building and employment mobility support services.

What’s the budget?

429,383.03 euro, out of which 364,975.58 euro ERDF

Target at the half of the implementation period: 69,500 euro for Association Dobruja Agro and Business School and 37,000 for Association “Choose Your Profession” - Center for Vocational Training.

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Dobrudja Agro & Business School” (DABS) (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 2 (B2):  Association “Choose Your Profession” - Center for Vocational Training

(ATP) (LEASME) (Romania)

When is it happening?

Start date: 29.04.2017

End date: 28.04.2019

Duration: 24 months

Where is it happening?

Dobrich in Bulgaria

Constanta in Romania

How is it going to happen?                      

  • VET training programs fine-tuned to the needs of CB business
  • Methods and tests for assessing potential employees’ personal skills
  • Pilot vocational training with CB mobility for 120 persons
  • Pilot assessment of the personal skills of 150 persons
  • Continuous VET and lifelong learning pathways
  • A sustainable RO-BG Cross Border Center for the Facilitation of Labor Mobility in the Culinary and Restaurant Business - a support structure linking education providers, job seekers and business, and providing possibilities for personalized advisory services and counseling for mobile workers and CB employers.

What will be the results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs: 3 initiatives that activate workforce mobility in the cross border area; 470 participants in joint local employment initiatives and joint trainings; 200 participants in joint educational and training schemes to support youth employment, educational opportunities and higher and vocational education across borders.

Programme results: 7380 persons will have access to joint employment initiatives.

Project status

Meetings between partners took place, the project team was created, the public procurement plan was developed and a contract for developing the project website was signed.

The following project activities were implemented:

1. Research and analysis of the training and employment support needs of potential employees and employers in the culinary and restaurant sector in the Romania-Bulgaria cross border region – professional skills – The beneficiaries have selected experts who finalized the development of the concept note for the key elements to be researched and the Assessment Report I for Bulgaria. The elaboration of the Assessment Report I for Romania also started.  

2. Research and analysis of the training and employment mobility support needs of potential employees and employers in the culinary and restaurant sector in the Romania-Bulgaria cross border region – soft skills – The beneficiaries worked together on the conceptualization of questionnaires for the focus groups. The experts elaborated   a model for the Agenda of the event, the invitations and the list of participants. The activity will continue with the promotion of the events for focus groups formation.


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