Cyprus Mail
Cyprus

UCy to draw up training programme on craftmanship

university of cyprus

The University of Cyprus will draw up training programmes for traditional professions that will be offered to the unemployed by the Human Resources Development Authority as part of a drive to keep craftmanship alive.

The new programmes, expected to become available in 2022, are part of a three-year memorandum of cooperation signed on Thursday by the university’s rector Tasos Christofides and Energy Minister Natasa Pilides, whose portfolio also covers commerce and industry.

Initially they will cover ceramic, weaving and embroidery.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Pilides said that the primary aim of the ministry and the Cyprus Handicrafts Centre which falls under its remit is the protection of the island’s cultural heritage. The biggest threat is that experienced craftsmen are at an advanced age and they are not being replaced at a rate that will safeguard the preservation of their traditional professions, she said.

The ministry is prepared to invest time and to finance programmes that safeguard the intangible heritage of Cyprus and also offer the public the chance to learn new skills and secure alternative occupations.

Related Posts

Failed second-round candidates ponder options

Nick Theodoulou

Christodoulides offers Disy a ‘significant’ role

Andria Kades

Data commissioner received 25 cases of election meddling

Andria Kades

Paphos mayor says Anastasiades did not dismiss Akel partnership in 2008

Elias Hazou

Cyprus-China health agreement signed

Jonathan Shkurko

Eight day remand for 35kg of cannabis

Jonathan Shkurko