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International Craft Association and E-INFRA, together with The Lincoln College, partnership for launching the City & Guilds technical courses

  • The courses will be provided in partnership with The Lincoln College, based on the British curriculum
  • Cluj-Napoca is the first Romanian city where the educational programme will be available

Asociatia Internationala de Meserii (AIM) (The International Craft Association – e.n.) has signed a partnership agreement with The Lincoln College Group from UK, in Cluj-Napoca, with the support of E-INFRA, in order to launch, for the first time in Romania, the technical courses based on the City & Guilds British model.

“The large presence of the public, political and business representatives from Cluj-Napoca, from Romania and from the international community inspires us, both me and my fellows, making us deliver, through this project, the world-class quality which Romanians deserve”, stated the AIM General Manager, Andrew Taylor.

The educational programme has the role to cover the urgent need of qualified staff, in multiple fields of production, and is based on a British method that was tested and demonstrated in terms of efficiency at global level. The first technical courses will start this autumn, and new components will be added in 2020.

“To be able to deliver quality, we really need quality education, especially in Romania. Education is one of the national priorities, and I decided a long time ago to assume an active role where I directly felt the huge need for well-trained professionals. This project is not meant to ensure a better education to our fellows in the E-INFRA group. It is a project for the entire business community, which I hope that after the first specializations in the technical field will continue with the vocational field: cook, hotelier, waiter, as it happens at Lincoln, in UK and in many developed EU countries” stated the founder of E-INFRA, Teofil Muresan.

The courses provided by AIM will be accredited in the next period by the relevant Romanian authorities, too. Thus, at the end of the programme, the students will be qualified for crafts that are recognized in Romania according to the CAEN code, and the entire educational process will follow the City & Guilds model. Moreover, the courses will also receive the British accreditation, which is internationally recognized.

In order to have an efficient dissemination of the information and an active involvement of all the students in the educational process, the groups will not be larger than 20 participants. With the launch of the first course, more than 10 relevant companies in the region will join the project as applicants.

Learning a craft or improving the skills takes place, under these courses, through a practical work approach, both within a team and individually, in order to develop critical thinking and autonomy. The classes will be held by UK teachers from the Lincoln College Group, in partnership with Romanian teachers specialized in the relevant technical field and certified by Lincoln College.

Each course will have a duration of 360 hours, and participants will attend, weekly, 12-hour sessions, for at least 30 weeks. The exam that will take place at the end of the programme and the work tests during the programme will be the guarantee of the training at the required competence level, for each craft.

The partnership was signed in the presence of a group of professionals in the education field, representatives of the business environment, diplomats and members of the official educational structures, including the British Ambassador to Romania, His Excellency Andrew Noble, and the Minister of National Education, Ecaterina Andronescu.

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