Short introduction to the project

The „Vocational Training in Organic Vegetable and Fruit Production”  (ECOVOC) project takes place within the framework of the „Leonardo da Vinci Lifelong Learning Programme”, innovation transfer sub-programme. The accreditable post-secondary vocational training in organic vegetable and fruit production will be the first of its kind in Hungary. This theme is an attractive one both to prospective students and employers alike. Our preliminary surveying suggests that a vocational training in organic horticulture will have a high uptake as a need already exists in Hungary for practically trained professionals in this field (For more information about the survey, visit:

  • Duration of the project: 2 years
  • Start of the project:  1 October 2011
  • End of the project: 30 September 2013
  • Project coordinator: GAK Nonprofit Public Utility Ltd.


What is higher vocational education?

Experience demonstrates that higher vocational education is a relatively new but very promising form of training, which gives a practice-oriented training to those who have completed secondary education. Students with knowledge and experiences gained during the 2-year period of study can proceed directly into employment, start their own enterprise or continue their studies in higher educational institutions. The difference between post-secondary vocational education and higher education is the final qualification. Although the post-secondary vocational training is based on matriculating from secondary school, it does not provide a university degree. However, training participants do not lose the rights to a state supported degree, as after their post-secondary vocational training they still have the opportunity to continue their higher educational studies (BSc, MSc), with the particular advantage, that some module credits can be transferred through the completion of the post-secondary higher vocational training course.


Target group of the training:

Anyone can apply to the “Vocational training in Organic Vegetable and Fruit production”, who has a matriculated from a secondary school (baccalaureate or equivalent).


Implementation of the international cooperation

With the help of our carefully selected project partners, we are able to become thoroughly acquainted with our partners’ varied institutional structures and their education systems. Our aim is to transfer the most appropriate best practice elements from their successfully operating vocational trainings (content and related pedagogical methods) that can operate realistically under Hungarian circumstances. The project coordinator’s (GAK Nonprofit Public Utility Ltd.) professional Hungarian partner is the Szent István University (Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Institute of Environmental and Landscape Management). The expertise of the SZIE team will guarantee that all the transferred solutions elaborated by our project partners will be applied in order to fully elaborate the accreditable vocational training curriculum in organic vegetable and fruit production”.
We have already successfully worked together with our French partner, Ineopole, (MFR-Midi-Pyrénées), in the earlier BIOTACC project (, similarly with our Catalan partner Centre de Capacitació Agrària de Manresa, whose ambitious working team is always exemplary. The teaching approaches of our English partner Biodynamic Agricultural College, as that of our Dutch partner Groenhorst College, Warmonderhof Obleidingen are unique at a European level. In the ECOVOC project six prominent institutes with different institutional structures participate from 5 European countries that contribute to the diversity of the project. A common feature of all partner institutions is their strength in practical and vocational training.