The 3rd eNEET Rural transnational project meeting took place on October 24th, 2019 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, followed by the much anticipated 1st Annual Seminar and Brokerage event next day.
On the 1st day, the partners discussed all of the major operative steps and issues in order to prepare the upcoming capacity building activities, which will focus on training 1.200 young NEETs across the Consortium countries and beyond to those countries involved in bilateral cooperation.
On the 2nd day, partners, their stakeholders and NEETs, were kindly invited to take part to the 1st Annual Seminar and Brokerage event, which took place at Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre. The occasion was excellent, as the 50th Jubilee Fair Nature-Health took place on that exact day.
The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of Slovenia opened the event with a speech addressing the importance of the agricultural sector and the involvement of young people in the area. It was followed by Rok Damjan, president of Zveza slovenske podeželske mladine (Association of Slovenian Rural Youth) / ZSPM.
Following the opening speeches, hosting partner STYRIAN TECHNOLOGY PARK presented the eNEET Rural objectives and aims, while focusing on the so far achieved project results:
- The training materials, so called »Soft-Skills« and »Agro-Professional«, developed by all project partners based on their expertise and tailored to the demands and the needs of young people in Consortium countries, based on the local demand research pursued by each partner.
- The eNEET Rural eLearning & Collaborative Platform, built on Moodle, involving previous successful methodologies for capacity building activities. It will offer online training and support to NEETs with 5 different training courses, containing educational material, quizzes, assignments, with personal certificate issued to each NEET completing a course.
Finally, successful case examples related to the agricultural field were presented, in order to exchange practices with stakeholders, but also to empower the attending young people.
The second half of the day was dedicated to the IMK (Young innovative farmer) workshop, organised alongside with ZSPM. Each young competing person presented their farming ideas and projects for the future. In order to break the ice, the rest of attendants provided feedback, alongside some interesting exchange of ideas and useful suggestions for all parties.
The brokerage / networking part of the event followed the discussion, which allowed primarly stakeholders and NEETs to get to know each other better and get deeper into the discussion for a fruitful cooperation in the future eNEET Rural capacity building activities.
The event concluded with great enthusiasm of young NEETs, satisfaction of stakeholders and project partners, who are looking forward to strengheting the eNEET Rural network in the upcoming months.