What is SeasonReady about?
Tourism and hospitality industry is an important part of the European economy and more so in the Mediterranean countries. Europe wide, its 1.8 million businesses support 10.2 million direct jobs (16.6 million including indirect).
Success of the sector, among other things, depends also on the quality of people working in it – how they are recruited and managed, trained and educated, valued and rewarded, and supported through a process of continuous learning and career development. On the other hand, current research shows that significant number of seasonal hospitality workers does not have specific training and experience in the tourism sector and that the investments in structured “in-house” training and “work-based” learning is low. Family owned hotels, small and medium size enterprises lack access to quality training opportunities for their staff. Also, the continuous vocational education and training (VET) system for tourism and hospitality is out of tune with industry requirements and it is slowly responding to the sector’s needs.
As a reaction to this situation, “SeasonReady – Work-based learning for seasonal hospitality workers” project aims to develop an effective and sustainable framework for continuing education and training in the tourism and hospitality sector, addressed at small and medium-sized enterprises employing seasonal staff. SeasonReady is a EU funded project within the Erasmus+ programme, and it brings together 6 partners from 3 EU countries (Croatia, Italy and Greece). The partnership combines expertise in professional skills development with expertise in education and tourism issues.
The project is coordinated by Institute for Tourism in Zagreb, Croatia, and duration of project is 28 months (September 2017 – December 2019).