Cultivating Entrepreneurship in the AgriFood Sector


The “CultiVETing: Cultivating Entrepreneurship in the Agrifood Sector through VET” project has an ambition to bridge the gap between the VET sector and the labour market needs in the AgriFood sector in Western Balkans, specifically in Albania and Kosovo. In line with the general objective of the Erasmus+ program, it aims at enabling the environment for vocational clusters to boost local socio-economic development through social entrepreneurship, more accessible, inclusive, quality TVET-business and entrepreneurship-based provisions, responsive to emerging local labour markets in the Agri-food sector.

Objectives of the project

Project aims specifically to:

O1: Build the capacities of the key actors of the TVET Ecosystem to design innovative school-to-work transition and self-entrepreneurship schemes aiming to impact more relevant and greener TVET systems.
O2: Enable the environment for private sector effective engagement in sustainable local development economic processes through TVET and business development
O3: Endorse continuous quality-based capacity development on strategic planning, policies, and of shared governance schemes for green TVET-business services in the agrifood sector
O4: Co-plan integrated, joined-up TVET employable oriented and business development services in the agri-food sector


Expected Main Results

The CultiVETing will contribute to reducing distance between representatives of the VET sector from the EU and Western Balkan countries. The project’s strategy entails cooperation, best practices exchange, and the creation of joint initiatives. The research phase that will result in comparative analysis of partners institutions will provide information on synergies and obstacles faced by the VET institutions as well as about the gaps that should be filled to bridge the gap between the VET sector and the labour market needs, specifically in agrifood industry. Additionally, the new tailored curricula and other essential tools that will contribute to responding to the labour market demands in WB.
Additionally, project aspires to create a network of national stakeholders that will integrate and promote VET Institutions as drivers of socioeconomic change in the AgriFood sector in the Western Balkans, specifically Albania and Kosovo.

Project Activities

Project activities have been gathered into 5 project Workpackages:

WP1 Project Management
WP2: Envisioning the agrifood sector in relevance to Albania and Kosovo covering state of the art analysis, collection of good practices, peer learning activities and private and public stakeholders collaboration
WP3: Aligning VET provision to the needs of Agri-food sector based on new curriculum development and upskilling VET Teachers and Staff
WP4: Operational Phase of Fundraising Activities at partnering VET Institutions including creation of permanent committees to offer feedback on TVET Agri-food sector curricula in WB and students mobilities
WP5: Dissemination and exploitation activities

Funding Programme: ERASMUS-EDU-2023-CB-VET — Capacity building in the field of Vocational education and training (VET)

Duration: 12/2023 – 12/2026, 36 months

Budget: 399.562,00 €

Countries:Greece, Germany, Italy, Albania, Kosovo

Project Number: TBA

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