The Gardeniser is NOT a technician, NOT a landscape designer, NOT an expert,
NOT a facilitator, NOT a trainer, NOT a counsellor, NOT a friend. It's all that together!
A Gardeniser (garden-organiser) is a key coordinating role working inside the community or urban garden. The role requires the Gardeniser to have both technical skills, like practical gardening skills, as well as the ability to enable volunteers and staff who work in the garden to be fully included in the work that garden is doing through good communication, mediation, organisation and management skills. A Gardeniser supports cohesion, participation and social inclusion in the community garden.
The Gardeniser promotes community/urban gardens in their area by raising awareness of their garden in a community and the outcomes they can deliver for their area such as reducing social isolation, creating volunteering opportunities and enabling people to access fresh fruit and vegetables. They also support good communication between the public sector and the community active in the community garden.
The Gardeniser programme began more than 10 years ago, with visits between community gardens in different countries through the Lifelong Learning - Grundtvig programme. A key issue emerged through these exchanges: community gardeners no longer had time to cultivate plants, because they were too busy cultivating people! The project partners named this role the "Gardeniser" (garden+organiser) and began establishing training to recognise and support Gardenisers all over Europe in their work.
Gardeniser Pro is an Erasmus+ KA2 VET project providing a professional framework on a European scale. Gardeniser Pro comprises a structured training course with well-defined objectives mapped to the ECVET credit system, as well as the Gardeniser Licence. This process contributes to the recognition of the Gardeniser, even in countries where it is not yet seen as a profession.
Gardeniser Hub will create new training opportunities for Gardenisers, in particular within schools and the public sector, and for Gardeniser Trainers between 2020 and 2023. The Gardeniser Hub program will establish a professional qualification for the trainers of Gardeniser Pro training course and also engage with and support public and school sector employees by creating dedicated training to their needs. Click herefor more information about Gardeniser Hub.
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Gardeniser Pro Training 2021
Gardeniser Pro uses the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) which is a technical framework for the recognition of learning outcomes with a view to achieving a qualification. ECVET works hand in hand with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) to provide greater transparency in European qualifications.
The Gardeniser Pro Training Course is divided into 3 Modules which represent the core competencies of a Gardeniser. Each module includes different units.
The program works through the 3 modules over the course of 10 weeks for 4 hours a week- 2 hours using pre-filmed lessons and/or activities and 2 hours working together through webinars and online meetings once a week in English.
In total the course will cover 80 hours of learning including classroom training and practical internship work which can be done to fit your own schedule. Once this training is completed learners can take the online test to obtain the Gardeniser Pro license. The whole Gardeniser Pro training pathway (training course + internship) gains a total of 7,5 ECVET credits.