An Erasmus project funded by the European Commission.
OUR MISSION : Crafts Youth Future Engagement (CYFE) targets youngsters between 13 and 18 years old and aims to reconnect them with the sector of professional craftsmanship. The analysis made through two surveys among craftsmen and young people highlights that there is on one side a need of knowhow transmission to new generations and on the other side a lack of awareness about what crafts professions are and which business areas they cover. CYFE tackles these
A large percentage of crafts professionals is aging and will be retired within 10 to 20 years. Most of them do not have any succession plan and their skills may be lost, together with their precious experience in the profession. Craftsmanship professions are covering sectors such as interior design, fashion, cultural heritage preservation, traditional building, and tourism. All these areas are essential to European richness and diversity.
Furthermore, since youngsters agree there is a need to put more sustainability and responsible consumption in our lifestyle, the project’s goal is to demonstrate how craftsmanship can contribute to reach this objective.
The partners’ expertise in both the crafts sector and education will be supported by high level skills in digital technologies to co-produce tools which will highlight the main values represented by craftsmanship: strong knowhow and expertise, entrepreneurship, high quality, long-lasting production, low waste, local sourcing, self-accomplishment, creativity, innovation, and cultural heritage safeguard.
They will also highlight the diversity of opportunities offered by the sector.
The project aims at changing the mindset of European citizens about the place and role of crafts professions and to highlight how, in the global market, crafts represent a responsible and sustainable option. Young people are the primary target group. The project aims at educating young from 13 to 18 years old and set the basis for a more responsible future generation. Youth workers will be the secondary target group which will include any type of professional working with young people, such as teachers, career counsellors, as well as any adult in charge of education or orientation.
The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Grant agreement n.2020-1-IT02-KA227-ADU-095006