On July 16, 2012 at the Ibis Hotel in Bucharest took place a workshop for graduates of the qualification courses for boarding house administrators, organized within the project “Human resource, a valuable investment in the Romanian rural tourism!” (ID 36694) Invest in people! implemented by RGIC Consultancy as beneficiary, and co-financed through the European Social Fund, within the European Social Fund in the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013.
The objective of the workshop was to provide assistance for starting a business in rural tourism, including assistance on how to access and use funding opportunities.
The participants in the workshop were the group of graduates of the boarding house administrator course in Arges county, and representatives of project partners: Otilia Manta, project manager, Magda Petre, expert coordinator Cardinal Jobs, Bianca Michi, expert coordinator Euro-Link Consultants, dr. Ştefan Mantea, technical implementation expert RGIC Consultancy and Eleni Delivoria expert from the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO).
The workshop was organized following the qualification course, attended by unemployed people seeking work or persons engaged in rural subsistence agriculture, in order to give them counseling on starting a business in rural tourism.
There were discussed issues such as entrepreneurial skills, promotion of rural tourism business, and especially financing methods, obtaining grants and attracting European funds through the National Rural Development Program. Also, Eleni Delivoria presented successful examples and models of good practice in rural tourism in Greece, which can be easily adapted in Romania.
According to Mrs. Otilia Manta, project manager, "Integration of unemployed people through counseling and training activities is a major objective of the project. For the qualification courses, we aim to go beyond 94 days of completing the training and exam graduation, by placing graduates on the labor market, benefiting from the involvement of all partners. For those who have completed the qualification in being a boarding house administrator, the project provides advice and support to start a business in rural areas. We encourage especially young people to have the courage to take this step and take advantage of funding opportunities through European programs, by starting a small business that can be developed later. For example, transforming the parental house into a boarding house or developing a small business from traditional local crafts and trades. It is not easy, but we are here to support them, counsel them and offer them access to information on funding opportunities."
The project's main activity consisted of a comprehensive training program that benefited 830 people in rural areas who were selected from a target group of 2030 people. The courses were divided into two categories: training courses for managers and employees in rural tourism, and qualifying courses for unemployed people seeking work or persons engaged in rural subsistence agriculture, for the occupations of boarding house administrator, waiter, cook and maid.