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TRAINING MOBILITY IN TURKEY

The Blended mobility of VET learners in Turkey was developed in close cooperation among all partners, with Turkey taking the leading position in the development of this output.

The participants were trained in accordance with the Theory learning program for Barista education and the training materials, utilizing various methods of non-formal learning, such as theoretical learning, coaching, practical instructions, games, peer learning, and group discussions.

Duration: 5 days of practical training in Turkey. Participants: 15 people (5 participants from each country). Each participant was able to:

Plan, prepare, carry out, and control their own work. Make rational use of energy, material, and time. Prioritize health and environmental protection. Communicate with ordering parties and guests in basic English. Purchase and store coffee. Prepare coffee for serving. Recommend and serve coffee to guests. During the visit, outdoor activities for the participants were planned:

Visit 1 coffee maker in Turkey. Visit 1 restaurant specialized in coffee serving. Within the framework of the training, we organized: Inter-cultural Evening: "COFFEE COUNTRIES–Presentation Event for presenting the coffee culture of a country (group work). One workday at a coffee restaurant in Turkey. We believed that the combination of the classic way of training with work-based training could provide the best possible learning outcomes for the participants. The participants had the opportunity to experience and actively participate in the process of coffee making. This initiative played a crucial role in achieving the following project objectives:

a) For participants of all participating countries: Acquired theoretical knowledge of the Barista profession. Enhanced skills and competences in the field of Barista. Improved intercultural and language skills. Increased digital skills. Enhanced employability skills of the participants. Heightened motivation for participating in other training programs related to hospitality. A better understanding of EU common values, standards, and networks. Improved awareness of the importance and benefits of the Barista profession. Participants were recognized for their achievements with a Europass Mobile Certificate upon the successful completion of the training.

b) For stakeholders (tourism education authorities, tourism policy stakeholders, municipalities):

Increased understanding of the benefits of Erasmus+ projects, networking, and a modern approach to curriculum development in Vocational Education and Training (VET). Greater responsiveness to the needs of companies in the field. The main expected results of the activity were:

The acquisition of expert theoretical knowledge about the barista profession, the Barista professional, workload, knowledge of the history of coffee, coffee breeding, perfect coffee blends for a perfect taste, coffee roasting, grinders and coffee grinders, preparation, and serving of coffee and hot drinks. The project was expected to have strong added value for the participants involved in the training. They were anticipated to be capable of distinguishing the "universal" dimensions from the regional ones in their national contexts. The nature of the training was likely to enhance European cooperation, as partners involved, despite the transfer of technical "know-how," exchanged and discussed common issues that increased understanding and open-mindedness through:

Cooperative working.

Transfer of good practices.

A sense of personal well-being, self-worth, and social value.

Participants developed their language skills, especially their vocabulary related to coffee and coffee production, as the language of instruction was English. Improvement of their digital skills was also considered added value for the participants.