Vocations in stone project

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.

EXHIBITION OF STONE ART IN “ORIS” AND VISITING ZAGREB CATHEDRAL

School principal Tamara Plastić, former principal Tonči Vlahović, practical teacher Damir Nižetić, dorm supervisor Dario Orlandini and external project associate Karmela Šegvić visited Zagreb ( 2020.), as part of the “Vocations in stone” project. The stonemason’s school has been a collaborator on the renovation of Zagreb Cathedral for many years, so visiting was the obvious thing to do while in the area. There they were joined by experts, reconstruction lead engineers in the Cathedral project, Mr. Damir Foretić and Ivan Foretić, with whom they talked about the work progress and agreed on future steps to be undertaken in this challenging endeavor. They also visited the Cathedral Treasury which holds sacral stone elements from the workshop of our former practical teacher, Ivica Nižetić.

After a short Cathedral tour, the principal T. Plastić opened a really impressive exhibition of works for the “Tripun Bokanić” Award in “Oris”, announced earlier. The beginning of the project “Vocations in stone” was presented at the event, and it should be noted that Graham Bell, a member of the prestigious English society Europa Nostra attended the exhibition and met with Ms. Plastić in order to finalize the necessary details related to the project. Europa Nostra is a cultural heritage organization, and is major partner of Stonemasonry School in this project. 

There were also other distinctive guests at the exhibition, Matjaž Žigon from Marmomac (Verona), the organizer of the largest stonemasonry fair in the world, top sculptor and restorer Vladimir Herljević, representatives of the Ministry of Science and Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Agency for Vocational and Adult Education, Italian Margrafa, the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb and many others. 

At this link https://www.hrt.hr/enz/dnevnik-u-podne/566057/ HRT’s “Dnevnik, you can find footage covering the event.

 

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