Episode VII. 3 – Slovenia

23Apr - by Mihai Deac - 0 - In Episodes/Stories Slovenia

Co-working for better today and tomorrow

Naklo, Kranj, 19. March 2019

On the second day of the international InnoVET meeting, we visited Biotechnical Center Naklo and coworking centre Kovačnica in Kranj.

In Biotechnical Centre Naklo the students, under the mentorship of Irena Grill, the Head of the Business Educational Centre, presented the activities of the center and took us through the school and the estate. The Centre has 3 units: Secondary school/High School, Higher Vocational College, Business Educational Centre. Within Higher Vocational College operates Research Unit. All their programmes in secondary school can be carried out as adult education (Life Long Learning) as well. They have 887 students in secondary school in different programmes: Biotechnical gymnasium, agriculture, horticulture, food-processing, nature conservation and housekeeping. In Higher Vocational College there are 280 students. The school centre is located on 4 hectares of build-up area and school has extra 22 hectares of agricultural area. The Centre is ecologically orientated.

Biotechnical centre Naklo cooperates with local community with different projects, organizes and caries out professional events mainly on the field of nature conservation. They participate in different projects and they want to develop intercultural relations (exchange of students and teachers), they want to promote national heritage, develop cooperation, team work, exchange experiences. They organise courses, seminars and creative workshops and other activities like science and nature activities for primary schools, fair activities, exhibitions (Christmas, Easter, after final exams), events and performances in their gym (graduation balls, cultural events). Research work is developed in the school, they give their students a lot of possibilities and support to join the research work. They also have school shop “Trgovina pod KOZOLCEM”– where their products and also products of local producers can be bought (cheese, yoghurts, Mascarpone, pastry, flowers, plants, flower arrangements, …).

In the afternoon we visited coworking center Kovačnica, where the participants of the international meeting welcomed also the director of BSC Kranj, Rok Šimenc.

Coworking centre Kovačnica was established in cooperation between Regional development agency Gorenjska – BSC Kranj and City municipality Kranj. In Kovačnica are organized various workshops, lectures, events for the general public and specific target groups. Kovačnica provides consulting and information of various business issues, they cooperate and work with different organizations in the region and take care of the development and promotion of the entrepreneurial community and provide coworking environment. The tenant has an office with table and chair, Wi Fi, print option, meeting space and shared kitchen. There is also a projector available and a space for relaxation where good ideas are made.

In the framework of the working meeting held in Kovačnica the InnoVET partners talked about the challenges of the future and the future professions.

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