Ionuţ Iancu uses skills learned at KEP training to convince EU to finance a retirement home in Zimnicea
|An employee of the Zimnicea City Hall convinced the European Union to offer 2.6 million Lei worth of non-reimbursable funds for the building of a retirement home. In order to succeed, Ionuţ Iancu used the skills acquired in the project management training which he graduates as part of the Knowledge-based Economy Project (KEP)
Ionuţ Iancu is 29 years old and for the last three years he has worked in the Zimnicea City Hall, as part of the Service for Internally-Financed Projects. Since his job involves knowing the way to access European development funds, which the community needs, he decided to take the KEP project management training organised in Buşteni, as part of the SOP HRD project, in February 2010.
During the course, which lasted for a week, Iancu managed to learn all the necessary information. “It was a very practical training, during which we disseminated each component of SOP HRD. Basically we learned really well the steps that need to be taken in order to access European funds. It was a pleasant experience and very necessary for me. I would recommend KEP trainings to everyone”, the civil servant says.
A home for the elderly in need
Immediately after graduation, Ionuţ Iancu decided to put what he learned to use. He wrote a project asking for European funds for a retirement home, since, he says, there is no such place in the whole Teleorman County.
Immediately, he chose a place – the building of an old hospital, now slowly turning into a ruin. “It was a pity not to use the building, especially for such a good cause. There are many elderly people who need support and have no one to turn to, because there are no such centres for them in the county”, Ionuţ says.
Works will end in 2012
As soon as he wrote the project, it was approved for financing. The total value of the investment is 2.6 million Lei, non-reimbursable funds. Once they received the money, local authorities started work. The building started in October 2010 and will end next year. “Slowly things are starting to take shape, and our project comes to life a bit more each day. We hope we will take over the building on schedule”, Ionuţ Iancu says.
So far the walls and roof were repaired. There is still work in changing the windows and doors, as well as transforming the interior, so that it would look impeccable. According to the project, the retirement home will offer permanent residence to 14 people.
Project management training, a constant concern in KEP
Ana Zugravu from Creţeni, Vâlcea, employed both as a City Hall public servant and as local PAPI administrator, used the knowledge acquired during KEP classes to write several projects for European funds to the benefit of her home commune. One of them aims to expand and replace the current public lighting system. It was submitted to the Ministry of Economy and is worth 2.4 million Lei. She also won a project in which European funds will be used to repair an old school and turn it into a day care centre for children in poor families.
Project management training is underway in many KEP communities. Through a CONECT partnership with Şinteu and Săcuieni, PAPI Chişlaz will become a training centre for digital skills and project management. Project managers who will graduate in Chişlaz will help all three communities to get European and governmental funds. The lack of expertise regarding writing and implementing projects for European funds led PAPI managers in five communities from Botoşani, Brăeşti , Vlăsineşti, Hudeşti, Cristineşti and Drăguşeni, to use the CONECT programme for a solution. Civil servants in the City Halls will have the opportunity to take Project Management training and receive, at graduation, CNFPA diplomas certifying their new specialty.
The same thing is taking shape in PAPI Bălan, Harghita and Tăuţii Măgherăuş, Maramureş, which will offer free project management training for 30 locals.
Future project managers from the Bihor county to training in Chişlaz