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The Blended Mobility for Learners ”New Artisans’ Workroom”

The second LTT took in Porto, Portugal, together with the third one.
It gathered 18 senior artisans in attendance – 3 from each partner’s organisation, except for Real Time whose participants (4 persons) joined on-line. Even some partners didn’t finish the local piloting activities of IO2, they have already the list with senior artisans to be involved in these events and they selected participants for the blended mobility from these lists. So we had a very heterogeneous group regarding the studies (from gymnasium to master degrees) occupations (from farmers to architects) and area of handicrafts (from making jewelleries and homemade food to metal arts). Thus, despite all these differences and the low (or missing) level of English, a particular „chemistry” linked the group since the first moments and participants worked together in a very efficient and friendly way.
The activity begun with a presentation of each national group – for overcoming the language barriers we asked participants to draw what they consider representative for their team. Then we have presentations about the project (partners, outcomes, what we expect from the participants). We underline the importance of the international dimension of the project, in order to make participants familiar with the context. We also encourage them to communicate with others, to create connections and networking.
Then we introduced participants in the digital platform https://seniorcrafts.nkey.it/, explain them how to register and show some examples.
After the coffee break, we discuss about the importance of the stories in selling a product and our colleague from Real Time had a short lesson of how to make a perfect photo. In the afternoon we focused on how to create the perfect ”story that sells”. Participants had a ”homework” – to take some pictures until the next day.
The second day we met one hour earlier with one representative of each team and prepare (in another room) the exhibition with hand-made objects brought by participants. The working day started with a discussion about the pictures participants made as ”homework” (they had to make at least 5 pictures of an object/person/building etc. as follows: one wide shot, one medium shot and 3 close ups). Then we had a presentation about ”Tips&Tricks for the best picture/movie” and after we allow participants to walk around the exhibition, talk each other about their products and try to estimate the price for one or more products. The afternoon started with a session aiming to develop entrepreneurial competencies – after a short presentation about the main elements include in the price of a product participants worked individually to calculate the price of a chosen product. In the last part of the day we had a networking exercise – in two groups participants had the task to identify common aspects in their products and try to create an ”European product” including an element from each country. We had two wonderful products – a bag with traditional motifs from each country (the Italian participant who has a small business in this field promised that she would really produce a prototype of this) and a pottery jug with two rosters (one Romanian and one Portuguese) enriched with a silver jewellery made by one Spanish participant, surrounded by a small piece of lace made by Polish lady, a leather handle with a Tuscany model, a wooden support made by British craftsman and filled with Maltese wine.
The next day participants we had distance learning activities – participants worked by themselves on a computer, basically they created an account on the platform and upload pictures and text. The professionals in adults’ education that took part in C3 supported them in this experiential learning process (as a part of their own learning). They had the permanent contact with the trainers from Pro Xpert, Nkey and Real Time.
The fourth day was also dedicated to distance learning activities, together with articipants to C but we practiced the photo/video making during the 3 site visits organized by our Portuguese partner – to the CINDOR (Professional Training Centre for the Goldsmith and Jewellery Industry), to the Filigree Museum of Gondomar and to a local family business (from over 100 year old) in making filigree jewelleries.
The last day we had the activities at the headquarter of Associação Social Recreativa e Cultural Bem Fazer Vai Avante, in Gondomar, we gathered here both participants to C2 and C3. We organized here a co-creation space – participants to C2 and C3 presented their proposals for improving the intellectual outputs and for future activities in the project and afte.
Then we filled evaluation questionnaires, watched some movies/stories created by participants in the third day and gave the certificates.
The activity has contributed to reaching the second objective of the project, ”increasing the entrepreneurial and ICT competencies at the level of 280 senior artisans and fostering European identity and awareness both at their level and at the level of at least 21 small communities they are living in”


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