In the draft Strategic Plan,
the need to supply a range of training and skills development
for local people is emphasised.
In this document an extended list is provided.
It is not clear what training providers and facilities are
available in the locality although Hungary has an excellent
record of advanced and formal education at specialised centres
The training envisaged in the plan is in most cases at a
lower level with an emphasis on practical skills. It is also
important to add that some of the skills noted below may be
available in the community but during my brief visit, it was
not possible to find this out.
The change from being an employee on a Collective farm to
being self employed or involved in a small business in a competitive
environment is a large one and potentially quite traumatic.
One contribution that the Carpathian Foundation might make
to further the Project would be to fund a microregional skills
audit and match this to an assessment of training availability
in the area. It was claimed that for example the successful
new co-operative at Gilej was having difficulty recruiting
shepherds and milkers
Courses will be required on practical sheep husbandry covering
lambing, simple disease control, feeding basic breeding and
carcass/ fat lamb assessment and milking techniques. In the
latter case some elements of basic hygiene should be included.
Some more advanced courses on dairying / milk treatment
may also be useful. Similar courses on cattle and beef production
may well be required
Courses on machine/ engine maintenance are presumably already
Practical Courses on cheese and yoghurt manufacture are needed.
Business management and development
These may be required at more than one level:-
The new farmers may require training on book keeping, flock
and herd recording and farm business management.
- Those engaged in the tourism will also require business
- Training in visitor management
- Provision and facilities
- Hygiene regulations
- Health and safety
- Relevant regulation on fire risk and food hygiene
- Presentation and marketing etc.
All enterprises will require:-
- business training covering matters such as credit acquisition
and management and
- basic accounting, VAT returns
- Relevant EU procedures
- A small number of the Community Association could receive
more advanced training in accounting and could in time develop
local businesses giving advice to the new and existing enterprises.
New Information Technology
- Courses should be made available to allow as many of the
population as possible to acquire IT/ commuter skills.
- Depending on when people will be able to afford their
own computers, it might be possible to have a "public
computer facility" ,-- mini cyber café!,--- in each
of the mayoral offices, in each of the participating communities.
- It must be expected that within 5 years most of the booking
for the increasing provision of accommodation will be on
- Courses must be established in basic building skills;-
electrical, plumbing, concrete laying, and carpentry and
joinery etc. T
- There should be specialised training in specialised building
skills, e.g. thatching and any local construction methods
to produced the characteristic houses and barns of the area
- There should be both specialised and general courses
in wildlife management and interpretation.
- There may be increased demand for guides for bird watching,
fishing and hunting while the tourist practitioners would
benefit from a good knowledge of the wildlife in order to
transmit this enthusiasm and knowledge to their visitors.
Community Development, Local Knowledge and Craft
Courses should also be available in:-
- community leadership
- craft heritage skills courses
- local history and local crafts
- painting and photography.
All these would improve local pride and may help to bridge
the gap between the local community and the residents of the
holiday homes, some of which might take an interest in some
of these courses if held at suitable times.