Green Vineyards project: upskilling wineries staff: responding to the challenges of climate change

Logroño, La Rioja, Spain. 6 July 2022

The European Union is the world’s leading producer of wine, and, like any other agri-food industry, both contributes and is affected by climate change. Environmental competences are essential for the wineries workforce and surrounding society, to ensure a positive ecological footprint of the activities carried out in this farming sector. Upskilling is, therefore, necessary to reap the benefits of the ecological strategy. The need for a competence framework that identifies the “green” knowledge, skills and aptitudes has already been claimed by the European Community. The wine sector cannot be left behind. And linked to the competencies to be identified, a wine sector competence-based training that enables the workers to acquire the competences is particularly necessary.

The aim of Green Vineyards project is to raise the knowledge, skills, and aptitudes of workers in the wine sector, addressing the challenges of climate change. The project objectives are:

  • To identify the environmental competences required by the workers to ensure a positive ecological footprint of the activities carried out.
  • To identify common gaps in the workers’ knowledge, attitudes, and skills, to better address their training necessities.
  • To provide personalised training for wineries sector staff, according to the identified skills gaps and making the required training available 24/7.
  • To facilitate access to training, creating a friendly and accessible online learning environment for all workers of wine sector.
  • To raise awareness of climate change impact in the key sector of wine production.
  • To improve the climate literacy of rural communities.
  • To disseminate the expected outcomes to transmit the created knowledge all over Europe, making the knowledge and technology transfer from the wine sector to other agri-food sectors as smooth as possible.

Green Vineyards will produce the following tangible results:

  1. An environment-oriented competence framework, usable not only by the whole wine sector but transferable to many other sectors.
  2. A catalogue of best practices, interventions put into practice by sector stakeholders, such as wineries, trade unions or cooperatives to showcase how these organisations re-skill or upskill their workers to acquire environmental competences.
  3. Multimedia resources, based on the catalogue of selected practices. 5 ad hoc created videos will be produced.
  4. A self-assessment and recommendation tool, showing workers which competences they lack and proposing the most appropriate training itinerary.
  5. A complete set of appropriate training materials, specifically tailored to acquire the identified competences.
  6. An online Learning Hub, a brand-new multi-platform site, responsive, that will permit universal and free access to the contents, methodology and outcomes. This will allow the use of mobile devices daily, whenever, wherever.
  7. A transferability toolkit. A step-by-step guide that will describe and plan the transfer of the Green Vineyards methodology and contents. The results will be openly licensed to allow the re-use and/or modification by third-party organisations. After having tested the learning scheme by 300 workers, the sector will get a specially created tool to improve its workforce capacities to participate in a more ‘green’ and sustainable economy, enhancing at the same time the overall society awareness about climate change.

The total grant for this project is 201.535 euros.

Partners: Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, S.A. (ES), Institut Français de la vigne et du vin (FR), CeSAR, Centro per lo Sviluppo Agricolo e Rurale (IT); Private Scientific Institution, Institute for research in environment, civil engineering and energy (MKD); Federación Española del Vino (ES); Bodensee Stiftung (DE).

Reference: 2021-1-ES01-KA220-VET-33311

Time span: 2022-2024

Funding type: European public

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