Project Vocations in stone

The project includes a new progress plan, which will be developed with the support of mentors from the C.T. The introduction of a new digital technology will help to attract students striving towards international standards of work. During the working visit to the UK the practical teachers will meet the UK experts, which will undoubtedly contribute to the school’s further development. 

As the number of young students in Croatia who are interested in learning the handicraft of stonemasonry is steadily declining, if nothing is done, the 110-year legacy of the school will end. To ensure future sustainability, the school needs to expand student enrollments throughout the Balkan region.

The results of the project will focus on the school’s readiness to undergo managerial changes and to renew its current role in the Balkans, but also to strengthen its operational sustainability by extending its reach to new education and the market.

The project consists of 4 main activities:

  1. Marketing – to raise the school’s profile, mainly in the Balkans, but also across Europe;
  2. Capacity building – to improve school capacity with new technologies and to educate teachers for further work, including a visit to the UK;
  3. Incentives – to offer subsidies to students in priority target countries
  4. Business direction – to develop a three-year plan in order to set goals and to identify the necessary resources. The aim is to include short courses, summer schools and other pilot programs for trainees and future professionals.

Project goals

The traditional stonemasonry craft should attract new generations. The combining of hand and IT skills bridges the gap between old and new technologies and the gap between generations. Understanding variations in geology, materials science and techniques increases transferable skills and improves employability in the European labor market.

Project results

  • The meeting in Zagreb and an event open to the public with the participation of 100 people including the target audience from all over the Balkans and potential partners from all over Europe, as well as a visit to Zagreb Cathedral where the school has a long-standing role in restoration.
  • The purchase of a new digital scanning and modeling kit, including training for students, professionals, and working with CNC technology.
  • To attract 6 new students for the spring semester of 2020 by subsidizing training costs
  • To attract 6 new students for the autumn semester of 2020 by subsidizing training costs.
  • Education of 2 practical teachers who will conduct a working visit to the UK to learn and compare project management techniques, and promote the school as a center for training students in stonemasonry.
  • Working visit to the UK for 2 students from the school to gain international practical experience working with different materials and techniques, thus improving their expertise and employability.
  • develop multilingual marketing and learning materials in Croatian / English
  • Review the current operational model and market and develop a new three-year business and marketing plan for the school for 2021-2024.

IZLOŽBA RADOVA U “ORISU” I POSJET ZAGREBAČKOJ KATEDRALI

Kao dio projekta Vocations in stone, ravnateljica Tamara Plastić, bivši ravnatelj Tonči Vlahović, nastavnik praktične nastave Damir Nižetić, voditelj učeničkog doma Dario Orlandini i vanjska suradnica na projektima Karmela Šegvić, posjetili su Zagreb. Klesarska škola dugogodišnji je suradnik na obnovi zagrebačke katedrale pa je ona i ovaj put bila nezaobilazna točka u obilasku Zagreba. Ondje su im se pridružili stručnjaci, voditelji obnove Katedrale, gospodin Damir Foretić i Ivan Foretić, s kojima su govorili o napretku na radovima i dogovorili buduće korake u ovom zahtjevnom pothvatu. Posjetili su ondje i riznicu Katedrale u kojoj se nalaze i sakralni kameni elementi iz radionice našeg bivšeg nastavnika praktične nastave, Ivice Nižetića.

Nakon šetnje po Katedrali, u “Orisu”, ravnateljica je otvorila zaista impozantnu izložbu radova za Nagradu “Tripun Bokanić”, a koju smo najavili ranije. Na tom događaju predstavljen je početak projekta “Vocations in stone” (“Zvanja u kamenu”), a treba napomenuti kako je Graham Bell, član uglednog engleskog društva Europa Nostra, organizacije za očuvanje kulturne baštine koja je i glavni partner Klesarskoj školi u ovom projektu, prisustvovao izložbi kako bi ondje dogovorio sve potrebne detalje u vezi projekta s ravnateljicom Plastić.

Osim gospodina Bella, na izložbi su se, uz brojne druge posjetitelje, našli i Matjaž Žigon iz Marmomaca (Verona), organizatora najvećeg sajma kamenarstva na svijetu, kao i vrhunski kipar i restaurator Vladimir Herljević. Na izložbi su bili i predstavnici Ministarstva znanosti i obrazovanja, Ministarstva vanjskih poslova, Agencije za strukovno obrazovanje i obrazovanje odraslih, talijanskog Margrafa, Arhitektonskog fakulteta u Zagrebu i mnogi drugi.

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