Representatives of the IUS Life - Lifelong Learning Center, Mirsada Mehremić and Sibela Beširević, attended the first TEF (Tourism Education Future) coordination meeting, which took place from January 16–19, 2023 in Zwolle, the Netherlands.
In addition to the project leader Apro Formazione School, other members of the TEF Project Consortium are Lanstede MBO, Zwolle, the Netherlands; Insignarie Vocational School, Ourem, Portugal; Cebanc, San Sebastian, Spain; Orizon-Vocational Training Institute, Kalamata, Greece; EfVET Brussel, Belgium, and IUS Life - Lifelong Learning Center, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The TEF project, designed as a result-oriented project, was approved by the European Commission in 2022.
Besides the analysis of current trends in tourism, the specific objective of the TEF project is reducing the skills gap between education and the tourism industry through the following expected outcomes: improved digital competencies of teachers and students, improved soft skills of students and improved professional competencies of students and professionals.
The coordination meeting focused on defining project activities which will be implemented through five work packages. The planned results of this two-year project are a course catalog for teachers; six masterclasses; two thematic workshops, and a community of practice (CoP) for teachers; two blended skills competitions for I-VET students; two online contests for I-VET students; two guides about blended skills competitions and online contests; a toolkit to analyze tourism skills and trends; nine C-VET courses based on skills intelligence and micro-credentials; and six Pacts for Skills on tourism initiatives.
Students of tourist high schools from Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as their peers from the EU will have the opportunity to participate in a competition in the field of gastronomy and win valuable prizes.