Enhancing YOUTH (18-26) Employability in Bakery Sector Erasmus Project

General information for the Enhancing YOUTH (18-26) Employability in Bakery Sector Erasmus Project

Enhancing YOUTH (18-26) Employability  in Bakery Sector Erasmus Project
July 7, 2020 12:00 am

Project Title

Enhancing YOUTH (18-26) Employability in Bakery Sector

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for youth

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2017

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: Open and distance learning; Labour market issues incl. career guidance / youth unemployment; Youth (Participation, Youth Work, Youth Policy)

Project Summary

High rate of unemployment is the biggest challenge for youth in EU countries and Turkey. The main reason for unemployment in youth( 21.4% in EU countries and 18.4% in Turkey) is low competence, high cost of education and training, lack of motivation and inability to follow developments in specific sectors. The significant challenge for increasing youth employability is to support them in the effort of achieving new competencies to become more competitive on the labor market, as well as designing new‚ youth tailored’ activities, characterized by high adaptability, and new working skills and sustainability in the sector.
By the help of innovative, smart, free of charge, easy to use, accesible, user friendly learning materials we should improve the competence of youth people to increase employability.
Bakery represents a major component of food production and it is one of the potential sector for youth employees. Unfortunately majority of young people working in this sector are primary school graduates in Turkey and lack of professional experience is very common among in this sector.

The project is a response to the problem of young people in Turkey and partner countries lacking professional skills and knowledge in bakery sector, which leads to them fitting in the present labour market.

Objectives of the project are;
-To provide opportunity to youth who quit school early or poorly educated, through free, innovative training materials about bakery sector to increase young people’s employability
-To promote integration of young people in the labour market,
– To encourage employers to transfer knowledge, skills and experience from experienced staff to those who need their knowledge – new (young) employees
– To prepare youth workers to professional life
– To develop innovative approaches (methodologies, tools and practices) for personal and professional development of the youth workers to prepare flexible, smart training materials so that they can easily access and utilize.

The project consortium has six partners from three countries. The project was coordinated by BESAŞ which has a R&D center where scientific product development works are carried out.

The other core partners are:
– Central Research Institute of Food and Feed Control (CRIFFC, Turkey)
– Ministry of Food Agriculture and livestock/ General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies (GDAR)
– Bursa Directorate of Provincial Food Agriculture and Livestock(Turkey),
– The National Institute of Research & Development for Food Bioresources (IBA Bucharest, Romania),
– Center of Food and Fermantation Technologies (TFTAK, Estonia),

The consortium aimed to solve the problem of young people especially 18-26 age in Turkey and partner countries lacking professional skills and knowledge in bakery sector, which leads difficulty to them fitting into the present labour market.

Within the scope of the project;
-4 handbook (Best bread production, Sensory Assesment, Hygiene and Sanitation, EU and Turkey Legislation)”, 2 reports(Evaluation of Need Assesment Survey of Each Country and European Union Situation Survey and Impact Analysis Report) and a Curriculum were prepared in four languages.
-A website, smartphone application and e learning module were prepared which the target group could access and use for free.
-The outputs prepared in the scope of the project in four languages have loaded to the project website.
-All training materials, questions and answers and videos via e learning module placed in website.
-All trainig materials were used in the preparation of the smart phone application. The youth can easily reach training materials via smart phones.

During the project in order to increase awareness of project and to be able to disseminate project results different training activities were performed; joint staff training events, interm trainings and pilot training. 2 Joint Staff Training (Romania, Estonia), 3 trainee training (BESAŞ, GYKMAE), Erasmus Days (BESAŞ), Pilot Training (BESAŞ-R & D), and a Workshop were organised.

Local municipalities and authorities supported all project activities, trainings, meetings, conferences. With the participation of mayor, governor and executives at the meetings, our project took part in the written and visual press and the results of the project reached to a wider audience.

The fact that the project website prepared in the scope of the project in four languages have made this website available throughout Europe. Similarly, the mobile phone application, which has been prepared in four languages, is available in Europe and internationally.
Within the scope of the project, the contents of the training materials and handbooks prepared taking into consideration the production and analysis standards in international standards. In this respect, the project outputs will reach European and even international beneficiaries in the long term.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 142101,18 Eur

Project Coordinator

Bursa Buyuksehir Belediyesi, Bursa Ekmek ve Besin Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. & Country: TR

Project Partners

  • Bursa Il Gida Tarim ve Hayvancilik Mudurlugu
  • Toidu- ja Fermentatsioonitehnoloogia Arenduskeskus