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ESF 4.164: Time to Consolidate

Spiża tal-proġett: €178,832
Benefiċjarju: Restoration Directorate
Line Ministry: Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government
Start Date: 2012
End Date: 2015

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

The project strengthened the Restoration Directorate's capacity by providing training to staff at all levels to consolidate knowledge in varied but inter-related fields of interest. This in turn was used to promote an awareness campaign focusing on restoration ethics, philosophy and techniques, and on the Directorate's project.

Operational Programme: OPII Empowering People for More Jobs and a Better Quality of Life ESF
Fund: European Social Fund
Operational Objective: To strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector.
Priority Axis: PA4 Strengthening of institutional and administrative capacity
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIIPA4 Supporting Public Sector Reform
Focus Area of Intervention: OPIIPA4 Lifelong learning for the Public Sector
Focus Area of Intervention: OPIIPA4 Innovative activities

Project Objectives

The project aims to:• Consolidate the professional, technical and operational capacity of the Restoration Directorate through re-training and strengthening of techniques and skills.• Make restoration more accessible to the organisations involved in cultural heritage and the general public through targeted awareness campaigns and participation in Vocational Fairs• In reaching the above objectives, the project will also provide a more flexibility staffing (identified as a key element of the Public Service’s ability to respond to changing future requirements) • This training programme will undoubtedly raise the standard of all services emerging out of Restoration Directorate. As has happened before with ERDF039, quality of work produced at higher standards, such as surveys, drawings and tenders has an indirect effect on private economic operators working in the restoration sector who are stimulated to increase their standards as they will need to perform at the same standard to be able to give a satisfactory service.

Project Results

• The carrying out a minimum of five 3D surveys of historic structures in house resulting in substantial cost savings of circa Eur25,000 per year which would be incurred if the surveys had to be outsourced • The carrying out a minimum of three wood and metal specialised conservation interventions resulting in a cost saving of circa Eur6,000 per year which would be incurred if the interventions had to be outsourced5.• The in-house production of a minimum of five short and two comprehensive features documenting restoration works carried out (which is a requirement enshrined also in the Charter of Venice -The Venice Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites (1964) is a code of professional standards that gives an international framework for the preservation and restoration of ancient buildings.). These will also be used to promote the work involved ‘behind the scenes’ in restoration projects for use in Public Awareness campaigns, and will result in a cost-saving of circa Eur10,000 per year Following points 1 and 3, the project will result in the creation and maintenance of a digital archive which will be the basic tool for an interactive website and an online communication with the organisations working in the filed as well as the general public. The successful implementation of this result will be tested by the planned achievement of an average of 5 weekly hits of the Directorate’s improved website

Project Purpose

• Increased human resource flexibility: bridging different skills within the same sector by providing training to staff at all levels to consolidate knowledge in varied but inter-related fields of interest. • More motivated and empowered workforce: as quality service and productivity are an automatic consequence of a motivated and empowered workforce • Public awareness through innovative activities: To be achieved by divulging information on restoration ethics and techniques, through short clips uploaded on the website and through participation in Vocational Fairs