The workshop about the importance of partnerships at local and regional level in the sustainable development of human resources took place Friday, July 22, 2011 at 10 o’clock in Baile Felix organized by the National Association for Rural, Ecological and Cultural Tourism (ANTREC) Bihor as partner and SC RGIC CONSULTANTA SRL as beneficiary within the project "Human resource, a valuable investment in the Romanian rural tourism!" ID 36694 Invest in People! Co financed by the European Social Fund through Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013. 

The workshop is part of a series of activities unfolded within the project, whose main objective is the development of human resources in the field of rural tourism. The project which started in August 2009 and will unfold until 2012, aims to realize training programmes for 830 people from rural areas from the regions North-West, Nort-East, West, South-Muntenia and Center from which 2030 people were selected for the target group. 

The trainees are employees from rural tourism, as well as unemployed or people from subsistence agriculture regarding the efficiency of employment process of the labor force in non agricultural occupations. The beneficiaries will take part in trainings for occupations such as guest house manager, maid, cook and waiter. 

The workshop is attended by representatives of local authorities and nongovernmental organizations which act in the region and have as main activity the development of human resources and local actors on the market of rural tourism: guest house and cottage owners. 

The workshop the Importance of partnerships at local and regional level in the sustainable development of rural areas is part of the information and awareness actions on the project objectives. The goal is to debate the strategic partnerships which ANTREC Bihor, as regional coordinator of the project, can conclude with city halls, county councils, employment agencies, tourism agencies, NGOs and other relevant institutions from the region. These partnerships contribute to the development of the multi regional network of coordination centers of development services for human resources in rural area. 

For North-West region, the coordination regional center is in Baile Felix, Bihor County. Such regional centers for coordination were founded in Armenis, Caras Severin county for West region, in Dumbrava Rosie for Neamt county in North-East region, in Bran in Brasov county in Center region and in Rucar, Arges County for South Muntenia region. Also, the national center for coordination was established in Bucharest at RGIC CONSULTANTA headquarters. 

The activity of the regional centers will continue to provide, after the implementation period of the project, the fulfillment of objectives: increasing the quality of services in rural tourism through the improvement of abilities and skills of employees, facilitating access to professional training programmes and also promotion of entrepreneurial culture and encouraging business and independent activities in non agricultural fields from the rural environment. 

"The development of some viable partnerships on long term, as well as a good communication and collaboration between partners are key factors in the success of an extensive project such as ours", said Otilia Manta, the Project manager. 

"I will also underline how much the success of this project depends on the quality and amplitude of local and regional partnerships. The main local and regional actors contribute to the sustainability and continuity of our project during and after its implementation. The partnerships concluded by ANTREC Caras Severin with the representatives of local authorities, local education institutions, NGOs and private actors directly involved in rural tourism, contribute to the realization of project objectives and also to the long term continuity. The interregional network of such formed institutions contribute to the increase of quality of professional competences at local and regional level and the role of the Regional Center for Coordination in West, coordinated by ANTREC Caras Severin is crucial", said Otilia Manta, the Project manager.