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This project has been funded with the support of the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Partners

The Teempass Project includes eight organisations and institutions from Central European and Mediterranean countries with ITS as the lead partner.

Project Partners


Institute of Tourism Studies
Bajja San Gorg
San Giljan
Malta
Tel: 00356 2379 3274
Fax: 00356 2137 5472
Email: help.its@gov.mt
Web: www.its.edu.mt

CST Assisi
Centro Italiano di Studi Superiori sul Turizmo e sulla Promozione Turistica
Via Cecci, 1
06081 S: Maria degli Angeli (Assisi) PG
Italy
Tel: 0039 075 805 2832
Email: info@cstassisi.eu
Web: www.cstassisi.eu

Artes Srl
via Orvieto 8/i-12
S. Martino in Colle
06132 Perugia
Italy
Tel: 0039 32816 365 61
Fax: 0039 0757 823453
Email: info@artesinlinea.it
Web: www.artesinlinea.it

Sofati
Rue Major Caldas Xavier
45-2a Dto
2675-313
Odivelas
Portugal
Tel: 00351 2193 48440
Fax: 00351 2193 48449
Email: inesp@inesp.pt
Web: www.inesp.pt

MHRA
No. 2 Gallina Street
Kappara SGN 4111
Malta
Tel: 00356 2131 8133/4
Fax: 00356 2133 6477
Email: mhra@mhra.org.mt
Web: www.mhra.org.mt

ADHP
Av. llha da Madeira No. 32 – A
1400 – 200
Lisboa
Portugal
Tel: 00351 2130 17443
Fax: 00351 2130 11000
Email: secretariogeral@adhp.org
Web: www.adhp.org

Technical School of Larnaka
P.O. Box 40213, 6302
Larnaka
Cyprus
Tel: 00357 2482 2660
Fax: 00357 2430 4524
Email: techniki.larnakas@cytanet.com.cy
Web: www.schools.ac.cy/tech-ats-lar

Cyprus Chefs Association
19A Lykavitou Avenue
P.O. Box 27699
2401 Makedonitissa
Nicosia
Cyprus
Tel: 00357 9964 3166
Fax: 00357 2245 3424
Email: mchefs@cytanet.com.cy
Web: www.cypruschefs.com

Index

Welcome to Teempass

Teempass is an On-Line Database of technical­-professional competencies found in the various sectors of the tourism industry and their related Learning Areas and Learning Pathways. The Database was developed as part of the YES Employability Project.

About

About the YES Project

The Tourism Industry is a leading contributor to the economy of a considerable number of member states in the European Union. This sector requires cautious treatment as it encompasses a substantially large workforce and is of critical importance to the livelihood of a substantial number of families. Unfortunately the Tourism Industry is rapidly becoming a host to ever increasing numbers of unskilled employees at a time when it is struggling to meet the requirements of qualifications, skills and competencies for both the present and the future.

The Institute of Tourism Studies, together with a broad European partnership, has been awarded an EU grant to carry out a project aimed at promoting transparency and recognition of competencies and qualifications, across Europe, in the tourism sector.

The two-year Project entitled YES Employability, is financed by the European Union as part of the Leonardo da Vinci Lifelong Learning Programme. The project proposes to tackle the need of the Tourism Education and Vocational Training sector for a workable system of validation, transfer and recognition, of skills and competencies achieved during formal, informal and non-formal circumstances, expressed in transferrable units, and that can be linked to national and european frameworks presently in use.

The YES Project seeks to extend the work already carried out in a prior Leonardo da Vinci project, NEW Hospitality, which, during 2006 – 2009, carried out research and testing and developed an on-line database of minimum competences which allows the guided compilation of the European curriculum vitae. The YES project intends to transfer this instrument to a new spectrum of beneficiaries and integrate the database application with other Europass tools besides the CV. The Project also proposes to integrate this new product within educational and vocational training programmes in order to facilitate their adjustment to European credit transfer and recognition procedures (ECVET).

The YES Project includes eight organisations and institutions from Central European and Mediterranean countries with ITS as the lead partner. These include the Centre for Advanced Studies in Tourism (Italy), ARTES srl (a research firm from Italy), the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association, the Portuguese Association of Hotel Directors, SOFATI (a research firm from Portugal), the Technical Institute of Larnaca and the Cyprus Chefs Association.

Products

The best practice identified as the basis of the proposed transfer was developed as part of the New Hospitality Project , Leonardo da Vinci Programme 2nd Phase 2000 – 2006, through which tools for the description, comparison and promotion of the qualifications and competencies within the hospitality industry were set, validated and tested.

An application for the description and cataloguing of the competencies was created and tested. This software application allows the guided compilation of the Europass Curriculum Vitae; in the original project the New Hospitality Europass was intended mainly for workers in the sector.

Transfer of Innovation

The new YES Project aims at the experimental processing and application, through their adaptation and transfer, of some of the products of New Hospitality. The YES project proposes the integration of a number of systems developed through the previous NH project with the already familiar and widelyused instruments developed at a European level (such as the Certificate Supplement and the Europass Mobility), for validation, transfer and recognition of learning outcomes achieved in formal, informal and non formal contexts.

The development of such instruments would serve to encourage the design of educational and training programmes that call for a detailed programming of learning outcomes and which would necessitate, as a reference, qualifications expressed in transferrable units that can be linked to the National and European framework in use today.

Deliverables

The YES Project envisages:

  • The up-dating of the contents of the New Hospitality Database, through the use of tools derived from best practises. This would also be necessary for the applicability and relevance of the geographical transfer.
  • The application of the contents of the New Hospitality database
    • to extend its use to a new range of beneficiaries, operators and users falling within the system of educational and vocational training (aged 17 to 22);
    • to allow the integration of the database itself with other Europass tools.
  • The mainstreaming of the products as part and parcel of educational and vocational training programmes, to be used as instruments in support of the European Credit Transfer and Recognition procedure (ECVET). The new modification will also provide a link between competencies, professional profiles and the training paths that can be followed in the partner countries.

Targets

The direct targets of the YES Project are:

  • Operators (tutors, trainers, teachers, guidance counselors) who supply training, guidance and placement services to subjects who are part of the educational and vocational training system and who intend to enter the hospitality labour market and who envisage the need for mobility.
  • Young people enrolled in the Tourism educational and vocational training system.
  • Young people with a medium to low level of instruction who, for example, dropped out of institutional educational programmes and who attend or have attended alternative courses.
  • Young people with fragmented and heterogeneous work experience and who intend to re-enter the educational and vocational training system.

The indirect targets of the YES Project are:

  • Public or private operators in the hospitality sector: businesses, trade unions and employers’ associations, political decision-makers who regulate orientation, training and the labour market.

European Vacations with Safety in Mind

Are you looking for vacations packages to Europe? Do you have a particular place or location in mind? Are you concerned about terrorist activity?

Let’s look at the last question first. Terrorism is a factor in all our lives whether we stay at home or travel inside or outside our own country. We need to consider our safety and not take undue risks, but we should not allow the terrorists to dictate how and when we travel. People have more chance of being injured in an automobile accident than as a result of acts of terrorism but that doesn’t stop them from driving. However we do take care when we drive to try to minimise our chances of being involved in an accident. That is precisely what we should do when travelling abroad either on vacation or on business. We should take care to minimise our risk of being involved in terrorist activities. Of course, as when driving, there is always the possibility of external factors that involve us in incidents beyond our control. Don’t let the terrorists win. You can still enjoy your vacation without having to consult Bin Laden first.

Europe is a great place to visit, whether you are looking for vacation packages or bespoke vacations. The culture and topography is so diverse that you have an extremely wide choice of European vacation packages to choose from. You might be interested in romantic vacations, adventure vacations, winter skiing vacations or European waterway vacations and still, within each category, you will find numerous possibilities.

Returning to our first thoughts on terrorism, you might like to consider finding a vacation that is off the beaten track, away from the usual tourist centres. This way you will be able to improve your safety, give yourself and your family peace of mind and at the same time enjoy a spectacular vacation without constantly colliding with your fellow countrymen.

Even if you would prefer to have a vacation visiting the capital cities of Europe, Rome, Paris, London or Amsterdam for example, you can still find much to be excited by without being in the center of tourist activity. Visit the backstreet restaurants where local people know value for money when they see (or eat) it. Stroll through that lovely park situated just behind the main tourist route but overlooked by so many. If you really wish to experience the real London or Paris you must get away from the souvenir stalls and overpriced restaurants.

The author of this article, David Singleton, is also the author of Amazing European Vacations, a new ebook (only $21.97) that is an essential guide to vacation packages in Europe. He has researched the Europe that most tourists never see. The book not only helps you decide where to visit but also gives advice on preparation, and how to enjoy a truly stress free vacation in Europe. You’ll receive some very useful free bonuses even if you decide not to buy.

Can you really trust the information that the tour operators or travel agents give you? They are trying to sell vacations to you in a very competitive market. Amazing European Vacations is totally unbiased and doesn’t try to sell you anything. Would you invest in stock without researching the company? So why invest in a vacation without this valuable information?

Explore the Most Beautiful Continent in the World – Europe Travel

If you are planning your vacations then a tour to Europe would be the right choice. It is the most beautiful continent in the world and for exactly this reason one should visit this lovely continent. The established fact about Europe came out in the year 2004 when World Tourism Organization declared it as the biggest travel spot in the world. In this year 54% of the world’s travel business came from Europe only. Europe travel will give you an opportunity to see various tourist destinations that can refresh your mind and will definitely make your tour unforgettable.

Europe comprises of various countries that are very rich in travel destinations. These countries have various landmarks that can cater every kind of traveler. All kind of travelers has different traveling needs. Some loves to visit beaches, museums, Churches and some loves to enjoy sports adventures. Also Europe travel offers a chance to visit various historical monuments Scenic beauty of this continent has always attracted a keen and potential visitor. The places to discover, here, are endless.

Major countries which are part of Europe travel are United Kingdom, France, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Rome, Switzerland and Turkey. Each of these countries has some world famous tourist location where a traveler can learn history, natural beauty and lots more. Traveling to these countries of Europe could be a lifetime experience for you.

Europe travel is one of convenience. In Europe, mode of transport are fully recognized and well managed. Various countries in Europe are famous for their rail networks. However this lovely continent can be seen through ship, railways, air transport and even through roadways. European countries are well developed with high living standards, culture and traditions.

Europe travel is the right combination for every kind of traveler. The countries of Europe are a must visit in a lifetime. So, if you were planning your trip then pack your bags and move to Europe, the real paradise on earth.

Seven Places You Want to See While Traveling in Western Europe

Western Europe is an exciting region to visit on vacation and for good reason. With such vivid history and beautiful landscape, it’s no wonder that a trip to Europe is such a popular activity. From the beautiful artwork of the Louvre, to the awe-inspiring attractions of Rome, Europe is full of amazing places to visit. If you’re planning a vacation to Western Europe, there are 10 places that I think are essential to visit on your trip.

France
France is a hot-spot for history buffs, artists, and students from all over the world. The countries rich history and beautiful landmarks make it one of the best places to explore on vacation. From the Louvre to the Palace of Versailles, there are enough amazing attractions here to keep you busy for your entire trip.

Belgium
Located at the crossroads of Western Europe, Belgium offers one of the most unique cultures in the region. With its impressive Gothic cathedrals and historical statues, Belgium offers an array of things to do and see while visiting.

Luxembourg
Luxembourg is one of the most wealthy countries in the world and its successful steel, finance, and technology industries have lead the way in innovation. History lovers will enjoy a trip to Luxembourg has the official World War Two museum is located here. The country is perfect for an educational stop while traveling in Europe and you’ll be sure to enjoy Luxembourg’s incredible culture and cuisine.

Ireland
Ireland is one of the most beautiful and impressive countries in all of Europe. From Blarney castle to the Cliffs of Moher, the country is full of places to visit on vacation. Ireland has played an important role in the history of Europe and it’s no surprise that the country is such a popular destination.

Germany
From the Bavarian Alps to the Black Forest, Germany is one of the most amazing and historical countries in all of Europe. The country has plenty of exciting places to visit, all of which make for a lasting memory. Popular places to visit include the beautifully rebuilt city of Dresden, and Europe’s capital of culture of 2010, Essen. No matter what you choose to do in Germany, you’ll be sure to have a spectacular time.

England
Historical cities like York, Canterbury, and of course London are the primary draw for travelers to England. Medieval castles and fantastic cathedrals can be found all over the country and witnessing these impressive structures is an exciting prospect for many people. The country has served as an important location throughout history and visiting the country will give you a unique insight to what was one time the most powerful country on Earth.

Netherlands (Holland)
Picteresque countryside towns, and impressive windmills are what comes to mind when thinking of Holland. Easily the most popular destination in the Netherlands is Amsterdam where travelers from all around the world enjoy delicious cuisine, amazing beer, and some of the most exciting parties you’ll ever find. The country also contains many important historical sights including places like the Anne Frank House, and Willenstad.

Each of the countries we looked at today are premier destinations to visit on a European vacation. Whether you’re a college student looking for an adventurous vacation, or you’re an experienced world traveler, Europe is one of the best places to visit. The amazing history, culture, and natural beauty of Europe is sure to inspire you. You’ll be left with a lasting memory and a story to tell for years to come.