Between the 25th and 29th January in Sofia the first part of the Train the Trainer program within the project WIFI Academy for Facility Management was held. Experts from Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia and Austria, official partners in the project, took part in the training. The Austrian colleagues presented the already developed nine training modules and evaluation tools, the training methodology and instruments, the FM program and the content of each course - Program, Scripts, Case Studies, Exercises, Tests, Presentations, Handouts and training materials. The 5th day was dedicated to the presentation of the platform and its functionality. The multinational experts had the opportunity to exchange knowledge, know-how and new ideas for improvements.
WIFI FMA platform will be officially launched in May when the first online trainings will start. WIFI Academy for Facility Management is an innovative, multilingual platform for online distance training in Facility management. It represents a first attempt to develop an EU-wide open model for distance, online trainings for continuous professional development in the field of FM with opportunities for self-education.
Project implementation period: 01.09.2014 – 31.08.2017
The project is funded by ERASMUS+ Programme
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action: Strategic Partnerships
Field: Strategic Partnerships addressing more than one field
Mostly represented field: Vocational Education and Training

The project aims at developing and piloting an innovative, multilingual platform for online distance training in FM - WIFI Facility Management Academy (WIFI-FMA). It will present comprehensive online training materials in English, Bulgarian, German, Hungarian and Serbian languages, applying trainee-friendly learning methods.
For its foundation, the project will use the good Austrian practice for training in facility management, which will be adapted for online distance training and upgraded with two additional FM disciplines (courses) for the needs of the innovative multilingual online training platform WIFI-FMA. It will allow the FM professionals, who are not able to recede from work for a long time, to maintain and increase their professional qualification. It will also allow people with disadvantages to get more easily included in a lifelong learning programme that doesn’t insist on daily attendance.
The project is implemented in a partnership between: WIFI Bulgaria Ltd. (Leading partner); WIFI Austria, WIFI Hungary, Kala consulting Serbia, The Bulgarian Facility Management Association (BGFMA), Public Policies Watchdog Forum (Monitoring partner).

Project budget: 331 855 EUR

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