HECTOR project is funded by the programme "Erasmus+, Key Action 2" - Cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices.

This action aims at supporting the development, sharing and transfer of best practices and innovative approaches in the fields of education, training and youth.
Central theme, the role of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe as laboratories for testing new integrated methodologies of formal and non-formal training.


HECTOR initiative aims at comparing practices and developing models to forecast the skills needs in cultural management related professions, as well as at designing, implementing and supporting effective coordination between the world of formal and not formal training (Universities, research centers, vocational institutions and organisations active in cultural heritage promotion).


HECTOR project is structured around a coherent set of dedicated and operational objectives:

O1. Identifying emerging “hard” and “soft” skill set, related to the new challenges addressing Heritage Management in Europe.

O2. Validate a cross-country and cross-sectoral methodology for participatory need analysis in order to better cope the learning outcome and the teaching methods to dynamic re/up-skilling requirements.

O3. Integrate MOOC solutions involving both academic and professional sector in order to generate a permanent open repository for innovative self- training and self-assessment.

O4. Test peer-to-peer training and skills evaluation, by generating software-based tool.

O5. Consolidate a common understanding on how to mix not-formal and formal learning in order to upgrade the competencies of heritage professionals.

O6. Create a Virtual Learning Hub for Heritage and Cultural Tourism based on the valorisation of the resources of the 29 Cultural Routes certified by the Council of Europe.


WP1 – Project management

It focuses on the project governing bodies as well as on general coordination of the project and on mechanisms for efficient and timely implementation of the work plan.

Therefore, the outputs produced in this WP mainly regard project reporting and coordination activities: Partnership agreement will state roles, deadlines for tasks’ implementation and reporting, responsibilities in the project; 4 foreseen coordination meetings; technical and financial reports as stated in the Partnership Agreement will be produced. Single financial reports, requests for anticipation/reimbursement, consolidated financial reports ; Monitoring & Evaluation Plan and 4 Reports:  Monitoring & Evaluation plan (with toolkit for monitoring and evaluation activity) will be adopted by the partners to monitor and evaluate activities' progress. Quality and conformity of the expenditure sustained and correct application of the Program financial regulations will be assured.


WP2 Coordinated image of the project and 2.0 dissemination strategy

Task 2.1: n. 2 conferences (launching and closing), n. 1 International event: transnational workshop involving all HECTOR partners (lessons learnt, conclusions, reflection);

Task 2.2: sound dissemination strategy: n. 4 press articles (at least), n. 4 articles on web news (at least), n. 2 videos available (published on social media), n. 4 TV reports (at least). Project profiles on the main social networks.


WP3: Dynamic cultural Needs Analysis

A map of emerging skill-needs and the multi-sector innovative competencies, while analysis, studies, common reflection on the concept of strategic skills and/as transversal skills will bring to the identification of key skills-sets for the future of the cultural management sector, as well as to the formulation of specific training schemes to be experimented and assessed within the project duration. An Adaptation Decision Explorer will be developed ad future supporting tool for defining new training schemes for the cultural heritage sector.


WP4 – HECTOR collection of innovative training schemes fitting with the emerging sets of “hard” and “soft” skills required for innovative Heritage Management and Cultural Tourism

A state of the art analysis in the targeted area will allow defining and sharing a collection of best practices related to pilots, innovative training schemes, best and ‘next’ practices; questionnaire to public policy-makers and managing directors; methodology in needs’ analysis; guidelines focusing the concept of innovative training schemes.


WP5– Development of the HECTOR Training Alliance & WP6 HECTOR Virtual Learning Hub

These two final work packages consisting of physical and virtual mobility activities envisages as the main result is to realize a transnational learning environment for sharing and exchanging cultural management innovative knowledge, skills and tools, both in the public and in the private sectors: this combination will be an asset assuring also project sustainability and process innovation.

Digital Education Resources and Massive On-Line Open Courses for Scholars, HECT Professionals and  Training Professionals


10 educational interactive games
5 methods tutorials
10 e-tools for outcome and satisfaction assessment
20 self- learning tools
a Virtual platform
Community of Practice
Personal Learning Environment Frameworks
Guidelines for policy makers.