Éco-Restaurateur (Eco-caterer), for sustainable food

Logo Éco-RestaurateurAn item of food travels an average of 1500 km before arriving in the European consumer’s plate. Given this observation, and the practices of intensive agriculture and mass retail or environmental concerns, a deep global movement is emerging around food and agriculture to advocate sustainable production practices and the consumption of quality products (in terms of health and taste).  

Projects are taking place throughout Europe, whether formally or informally, involving citizens, associations, businesses, local authorities, government bodies, from production to consumption.

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This sector, which could generate many jobs, notably ones not requiring many qualifications, that are sustainable (since they are linked to the local area) and fulfilling, involves major training needs. Shortcomings have been found in the way the training provision is organised, in the access for disadvantaged groups and in the lack of dissemination in eating habits.  

The "Éco-Restaurateur, pour une alimentation durable" (Eco-caterer, for sustainable food) project aims to provide a response to the need for skills in the emerging and high-growth potential sector of sustainable food, in the organic and local senses. Using the most rigorous ECVET tools, it aims to link the training received to the labour market. Thus, skills profiles, an assessment system and training manuals will be developed together with the economic stakeholders. 

The aims

The Éco-Restaurateur project seeks to implement the “Éco-Restaurant” certification at the European level to:Students Casa Arturi

  • help structure the training courses
  • facilitate access for deprived groups (purpose-made pedagogical tools and materials, taking key skills into consideration)  
  • disseminating good practices in eating habits (wide diffusion of resources etc.) 

The partners

The partnership is broad, diverse and balanced. It is made up of 5 European partners, federations that are active at the regional or national levels:  

as well as 5 local field operators in Belgium

Expected results

Three intellectual outputs are expected:

A sustainable skills profile for caterers

Based on the ECVET methodology, and submitted to the stakeholders for validation, its objectives are:  

  • to help the participating training centres make their offer more visible 
  • to support the implementation of sustainable practices and the transfer of this knowledge and skills in the training programmes 
  • to provide a structure for the rest of the outputs

An assessment system

In order to validate the skills acquired during training, it is important to have a way of ensuring these skills have genuinely been acquired.  A consistent system needs to be devised that will give the different operators the confidence to move from assessment to validation to possible automatic recognition of the learning outcomes. 

Aims: the assessment system being developed will have to provide a clear common structure, but also enable training providers to make it their own depending on their specificities or the local food context. It will conclude with the delivery of certification recognised by the project partners.  

Method: taking account of existing schemes, determine the core criteria and indicators, as well as a mode of control, the modalities of the tests (tasks and conditions for carrying them out) and the practical conditions for implementing the test(s). 

Local training manuals

The skills profiles need to be structured in such a way that they can be used by the training providers and make the ECVET outputs available to the actors on the ground. It is a matter of translating the profile into units of learning outcomes that can be compared with one another, and to transpose them into training modules that can be integrated into the partners’ training courses. This is where local particularities are taken into account. 

Aims: To provide the local operators with the necessary tools to make the courses concrete and adapt them to the national training methods.  

Method: the partners will have to determine the relevant training units, split them into learning sequences and into operational objectives. The national operators will then have to take hold of those outputs and transpose them into their training courses as short modules that are consistent with their established systems. finally, a testing/modification system will be developed, and a dissemination event will be held for the stakeholders held, that brings to the fore the participants in this testing.

Available results 

The productions of the project are gathered on a single medium: a syllabus contains the 3 intellectual outputs (the "profile", "evaluation" and "training" referentials), composed around two key activities, by remind first the context (Chapter 0) and the principles (Chapter 1) on which these referentials are based; then the syllabus proposes various activities that are proposed as pedagogical sheets grouped into training modules (chapters 2 to 6), these sheets are a source of inspiration to prepare many sessions of work to integrate according to the sensitivity of the center and the level of learners.

Syllabus_EN _ & _ Annexes

Syllabus_FR _ & _ Annexes

Syllabus_BG _ & _ Annexes

Syllabus_PL _ & _ Annexes

Syllabus_IT _ & _ Annexes

The project site

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

ECO+, a Walloon network of training courses in eco-construction, 2011 -2014

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ECO+ is a Walloon network of training courses in eco-construction aimed at job seekers who are most removed from the labour market. This vast project brings together 9 work-based training centres in Wallonia, and saw the day in 2009 thanks to the support of the European Commission (ESF) and the Wallonia region. Go to the ECO+ website to find out more.

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The context

Éco-Construction is a response to a popular demand, since it reduces energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions, is gentler on the environment, etc. Thus, demand has mushroomed to the point where private companies are not always able to respond to it. Builders have difficulties finding staff trained in the use of these green products and materials. Mastering the new techniques is therefore a challenge for the professionals … even more so for training centres!

The project and its aims

The prime objective of ECO+ is to train hard-to-place job seekers, with a view to increasing their chances of finding lasting employment. This technical specialisation is can help ensure lasting and quality insertion into employment.  

Concretely, the project has the specific objectives of developing the centres’ competences and completing existing pathways through specific eco-construction modules, according to the following themes: 

  • Specific course manuals and programmes 
  • Trainers’ skills
  • Materials and equipment 
  • Sites
  • Employment-linked traineeships

The partners

Two federations came together in order to be more effective

The eco-construction cluster is also a partner.

Results, outputs and productions

The techniques taught are very varied:

  • bioclimatic insulation,
  • air tightness,
  • solar panels,
  • green roofs,
  • natural coatings,
  • timber frames,
  • lagooning,
  • dry stone walls, etc.

The 2013 version of the manuals is available! You can find the presentation of this publication on this site or ask us to Couverture réf. ECO+receive a paper version. If you are an AID member, you can also access a digital version of the whole of this tool via the private space ("publications" rubric).


  • Experimenting with training actions
  • Sharing the pedagogical and organisational knowledge and knowhow of the centres and trainers.

Download the project file 

Go to the official ECO+ website