In the run-up to the preparation for the new training program, we have not one, but two new projects in the Republic of Moldova to present. To the west of the capital Chişinău, in the town of Hînceşt, plasterers will be trained at the vocational school using a modern concept. The necessary workshop conversions and renovations are currently being planned. For the technical project management, we were able to recruit a new expert – painter and certified restorer Markus Schulz from Dresden. In Chişinău, the carpenter training program in a vocational school specializing in carpenter training is undergoing modernization. Currently, we are setting up a paint shop. Christoph Junghans, who has supported us as a carpentry expert for many years, is bringing his deep expertise to bear in leading this project.
Seminar for Ukrainian Painter Trainers in Lviv, Ukraine
2 October, 2019:
Practical instruction in the paint and the spray booth as well as using a graphics program were the focus of a training for trainers led by Andreas Tobias, master painter and lecturer at the Handwerkskammer Düsseldorf . The training took place at the Vocational Art College in Lviv. After defining and differentiating a customer order of their choice, the participants designed the painter’s cabins in historical or modern style with various baseboard and crown moulding options, painting and rubbing plaster, paints and wallpaper. In addition, they made spray-painted billboards with the logos of their schools. 16 trainers from our project sites for the modernization of painter training in Ukraine from Kiev, Vinnitsa and Kharkiv took the opportunity of attending this weeklong event for the purpose of continuing education and inter-school exchange with their colleagues.
Multiplication, Vocational Training
Modernization of the tile setter training program in Krasnodar
26 March, 2019:
The successful completion of the project to modernize the vocational training program for tile setters at the Humanitarian-Technical College in Krasnodar culminated in a festive celebration that garnered a great deal of public interest. Students and teachers demonstrated the work of the first fully trained apprentices and received their certificates of participation. The instructors from Jekaterinburg who had – in addition to the German master craftsmen – supported their colleagues in Krasnodar with the implementation of the project for the past years were also in attendance. This demonstrates the value of this project as an example of the interconnectedness of our projects and for the transfer of know-how within Russia. We will continue to monitor and support the project during follow-up.
The first phase of construction at our new project location for the multiplication of painter training in Ukraine has been completed and the location has officially opened its doors. All classrooms and facilities needed for theoretical and practical training, complete with a warehouse, offices for master craftsmen and bathroom facilities are now ready to use. The modernized vocational training program meets Western standards and will admit 28 students. During a second construction phase next year, the rooms for master painter training will be renovated and fully furnished. This project will be financed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
Multiplication, Vocational Training
Polish vocational school principals visit our partner school in Kiev, Ukraine
23 March, 2018:
The Higher Vocational School for Building and Design in Kiev, Ukraine, our partner in the model project to modernize painter training, is making good use of the newly equipped workshops and their new knowledge to further international collaboration. During a project-related visit by board member Peter Moeller, vocational school principals from Warsaw, Poland and the surrounding areas were also visiting the foundation’s partner school. They participated in a class on ornamental plaster techniques meant to prepare students for a Ukrainian-Polish school exchange program. The Polish visitors were deeply impressed with the school’s state-of-the-art facilities and the skills of the Ukrainian teachers, students and master craftsmen. In the future, they plan to send Polish students to Kiev for select practical courses. This will allow our partner school to generate revenue that can then be reinvested in additional training opportunities.