In October, the projects under the public tender Acquisition of basic and professional competences 2018-2022 were completed. For four years, as part of the projects, we implemented numerous and diverse educational programmes/training, strengthening the competences of the employed and unemployed, primarily those over 45 years of age and those with a lower level of education.

On 27 September, in Thermana Laško, five consortia (CDI Univerzum from Ljubljana, MOCIS Slovenj Gradec, Soča Valley Development Centre, UPI – Žalec AEC and Zasavje AEC) prepared a final conference with their consortium partners. We presented the results of the project and examples of good practices. The moderator Perica Jerković, a well-known Slovenian standup comedian, and Polona Požgan, a master of thoughts, words and sentences, who impressed us with the motivational lecture titled It’s nice to be nice, gave the conference a special note.

We are proud that two consortia from the Western and three from the Eastern Cohesion Region have included 6,748 participants in adult educational programmes, of which 68% were over 45 years old. Employees (74%) were more interested in participating in the programmes. We conducted 643 groups, among which digital literacy and foreign language programmes dominated. The programme Production Team Leader was the most popular in terms of preparation for the National Vocational Qualification. We completed a total of 392,650 educational hours. We tried to connect the programmes with real-life work situations as much as possible. In addition, we offered participants in the programmes My Step and Rural Challenges field-based tours of examples of good practices. In this way, we became even more connected to the broader environment.

At the near end of the project, it is appropriate to thank everyone who cooperated with us and helped us achieve the presented results. Therefore, we want to thank the participants for their trust, the external providers for their professionalism and flexibility in implementing the programmes, the stakeholders from the local environment for their support in promoting and recruiting participants, and of course, the consortium partners for their constructive and fair cooperation.

The project has been co-financed by the EU from ESF and MESS.

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