The project’s main objective is to improve the employability skills and work opportunities for Culture and Creative Young Professionals (CCYPs) living in rural areas and to reduce the existing gap between the educational world and labour market by diversification of career paths and skills recognition.
In order to achieve this objective, the proposed project create Business and Innovation Academies for CCYPs by designing and delivering an innovative training programme especially for CCYPs.
Essentially, the approach of the project will be on the one hand, to identify skill needs for CCYPs who live in rural areas emphasising on digital, leadership, management and innovation skills gaps and to
integrate the findings into the design of an innovative training programme, which will include open e-learning and workbased learning methods.
Furthermore, sharp focus will be given to project management, grant writing and innovation skills in order to provide CCYPs with the opportunity to have increased access to National, Regional and European funding programmes, as well as crowdfunding opportunities, which will essentially enable them to start their own company, or share their artistic know-how in projects for fostering arts and culture in education or even using art and culture as a means to achieve the objectives of several EU programmes, for example the AMIF or CERV programmes.
Finally, a prototype hub will be established in a rural area in Cyprus which essentially will give the opportunity to CCYPs to exchange best-practices and know-how and at the same time connect with business partners and cultural and artistic institutions on a national or European level.
The activities of the project will mainly target CCYPs living and/or working in rural areas.