The Blended mobility of VET learners in Slovenia was developed through close cooperation among all partners, with Slovenia taking the leading position in the development of this output.
The participants underwent training in line with the Practical Learning Program for Barista education and the training materials, employing various non-formal learning methods such as practical learning, coaching, games, group discussions, quizzes, etc.
Duration: 5 days of practical training in Slovenia.
Participants: 15 people (5 participants from each country).
To foster competitiveness and assess acquired knowledge from previous Theory training in Turkey, participants were required to create a compelling Power Presentation on the topic "The importance of skilled Barista profession for the tourism industry" before the start of Practical Training in Slovenia. This individual work was submitted to the Slovenian partner within a specified deadline, aiming to determine the exact level of theoretical knowledge and guide the acquisition of practical knowledge, skills, and competencies.
Learning outcomes included the participants' ability to:
Perform preparatory work in Barista.
Utilize appliances for the preparation and serving of coffee, drinks, and beverages.
Prepare coffee, drinks, and beverages.
Serve drinks and beverages.
Conduct final works in Barista. Acquire competencies needed in the labor market for employment or self-employment. Methods employed during the training included simulation, demonstration, tutorial, small group discussions, experimentally learning, etc.
This activity contributed to achieving the following project objectives:
a) For participants of all participating countries:
Acquiring practical knowledge of Barista. Increased skills and competences in the field of Barista. Improved intercultural and language skills. Improved employability skills of the participants. Increased motivation for participation in other hospitality training. Better understanding of EU common values, standards, and networks. Better understanding of the importance and benefits of the Barista profession.
b) For stakeholders (tourism education authorities, tourism policy stakeholders, municipalities):
Increased understanding of the benefits of Erasmus+ projects, networking, and a different approach to modern curricula development in VET. Greater responsiveness to the needs of companies.
Candidates were selected through a public announcement, defining all conditions for participation in the training, fulfilling the project's objective to include low-skilled individuals with fewer opportunities.
The main expected results of the activity included the acquisition of expert practical knowledge about coffee, preparatory work in Barista, workload, coffee breeding, perfect coffee blends, roasting, grinders and coffee grinders, preparation and serving of coffee and beverages, use of appliances for preparation and serving, and final works in Barista.
The project was anticipated to provide strong added value for the participants by enhancing European cooperation. Despite the transfer of technical know-how, partners exchanged and discussed common issues, promoting understanding and open-mindedness through cooperative working, transfer of good practices, and a sense of personal well-being, self-worth, and social value.
Participants developed language skills, particularly in vocabulary related to coffee and coffee production, as the language of instruction was English. The improvement of digital skills was also considered added value for the participants.