Thursday, January 19th 2012 at the conference room of the CARA Hotel in Pitesti took place the regional conference and workshop The importance of local and regional partnerships in the sustainable development of human resources in rural areas organized by Cardinal Jobs 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 event was attended by over 35 guests, 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, as well as representatives of the partners involved in the project. 

The conference on the importance of local partnerships debuted with a presentation by Magda Petre (Cardinal Jobs), regional coordinating expert for South-Muntenia region. This introduction was followed by speeches on the project’s objectives and on the roles of local and regional partnerships by Bogdan Guta, communication expert (RGIC Consultanta), Paula Stoicea, national coordinating expert (ANTREC Romania) and Cristina Vicol, communication expert (Euro-Link Consultants). Iulian Nicolae, executive director at the County Employment Agency, Arges, presented a report on the situation of the labor force in Arges county, the main problems faced and the solutions for people in search of an workplace. 

The conference was followed by a workshop moderated by Magda Petre, during which were addressed specific situations related to human resources from rural tourism in Arges county and in South-Muntenia region. In this context it was pointed out the role that regional and local partnerships play in the sustainable development of the region, but also in ensuring continuity of project’s objectives in the period post-implementing. 

The event in Pitesti is part of a series of activities organized within the project “Human resource, a valuable investment in the Romanian rural tourism!" ID 36694 Invest in People!, whose main objective is the development of human resources in the field of rural tourism. The project, which started in August 2009 and runs until august 2012, aims to realize training programmes for 830 people from rural areas in the regions North-West, North-East, West, South-Muntenia and Center, that have been selected from a target group of 2030 people. 

Otilia Manta, Project manager, declared: “The partnerships concluded by Cardinal Jobs with the main local and regional actors contribute to the sustainability and continuity of our project during and after its implementation. The inter-regional network of organizations thus created will contribute on a long term at the increase in quality of professional competences, and the role of the Regional Centre for the Coordination of development services for human resources in rural environment, in the South-Muntenia region, coordinated by Cardinal Jobs, is extremely important."