ECOFAR (2018 – 2020)

ECOFAR – Development of managerial and entrepreneurial skills of young eco-farmers via joint VET curricula, enhanced qualification profile, assessment standard and sustainable cooperation synergies


Call: EACEA/27/2017
Key Action 3: Dedicated VET tools, sub-action: Joint qualifications in VET

Start date: 01 October 2018
Duration: 24 months


  • National Vocational School for Veterinary Medicine “Ivan Pavlov”, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria (project coordinator)
  • Ecology KM, Brestovitsa, Bulgaria
  • National Agency for VET, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • University of Maribor, Slovenia
  • CPI – Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Vocational Education and Training, Slovenia
  • Cannakale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey
  • EUFORA, Greece

Aims and objectives

  • to increase the employability of young eco-farmer entrepreneurs by provision of dedicated extended VET curricula for management of eco-farm enterprises.
    to develop highly skilled, qualified workforce;
  • to deliver tangible and sustainable outcomes in establishing a joint VET qualification in the field of eco-farmer entrepreneurship and management including better transparency, comparability and recognition of those qualifications;
  • to support joint developments of curricula and assessment standard in the field of management and entrepreneurship for young learners in VET in Europe and strengthen overall its quality, relevance and attractiveness;
  • to be implemented as part of the work-based learning and a mobility component, addressing ECVET learning outcomes and proper recognition and validation of the learning achievements;
  • to cover skills mismatch and shortages as well as the need for higher level skills at sectoral level of eco farming management and entrepreneurship.

Target groups

  • VET learners (aged 16-29) – eco-farmers
  • Existing eco-farmers
  • Young entrepreneurs in the eco-farming sector
  • VET trainers & educators
  • VET centers who are providing further training / (pre-) qualification
  • SMEs active in eco-farming fields
  • Policy makers in the field of policy reform in VET


  • Enhanced occupational profile / state educational standard for the specialty / profession of veterinary technician / eco-farmer
  • Joint qualification curricula for acquisition and further enhancement of managerial and entrepreneurial competences by young entrepreneurs
  • Online collaborative learning portal and mobile app