As hoped by those who launched the project back in 1995, Polo Poschiavo is now a point of reference in the Alpine training landscape with an extensive network of contacts at the Swiss and international level. It has gained considerable expertise in the training courses designed to enhance both tangible and intangible cultural heritage. The institution was founded in 2002 as a part of a project launched by the Swiss Pedagogical Institute for Vocational Education (SPIVE), which later became the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET). The original purpose of Polo Poschiavo was to foster the development of peripheral regions and thus counter marginalisation. The activity report shows that the institution has garnered growing recognition for itself.
In addition to the proposed continuous training courses, Polo Poschiavo is involved in various Interreg Italy-Switzerland and Alpine Space projects. It is also a member of two action groups of the EUSALP Alpine Strategy in which it participates, as a partner, in the AlpJobs project, 90% of which is funded by the European Parliament.
Among these projects, AlpFoodway is particularly important, as it aims to safeguard and enhance the Alpine food heritage, and with it the cultivation and processing of the raw materials necessary for production. The development model that the project is intended to create, and which in some Alpine contexts is already being implemented, not only allows for the preservation of traditional food heritage, it also creates job opportunities in various economic sectors, such as agriculture and tourism.
Polo Poschiavo seeks to use the skills gained in promoting the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the Alpine region. It intends to pursue this objective in the future through training courses, projects and the development of new occupations.
For more information, please visit the website: www.polo-poschiavo.ch