Not one minute to lose to save traditional skills

Apprenticeship must be preserved before it’s too late: hundreds of traditional activities and skills risk to disappear, if proper legal protection and institutional support are not offered.

This is in synthesis the message coming out of the international seminar on ‘Apprenticeship’ organised in Beirut last week by Euromed Heritage 4. During the three-day gathering many topics were tackled: apprenticeship is a complex issue, and it should be analysed from different perspectives. But there was one message that clearly came out: many skills and many masters – still thriving 30 years ago – have disappeared or are fast disappearing. There is urgent need for appropriate legislation and institutional support before we lose forever a good chunk of our cultural heritage and an opportunity for future economic development.

The first documents produced by the workshop are already available on the website:

www.euromedheritage.net/intern.cfm