During the second week of October, we held the on-site part of the PRACTI-RAS course at our facilities.
The PRACTI-RAS objective is to deliver an intensive and specific pilot e-training and onsite program in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) to ‘train-the-teacher’. Target beneficiaries will gain competencies in innovative digital and land-based Recirculating Aquaculture System technology, ensuring teacher, trainer, and student skills match the needs of changing labour market. Unlike courses currently offered by universities and private consulting firms, PRACTI-RAS course will be specific to RAS aquaculture and will be conducted primarily on-site at our RAS specialist company. It will be taught by the same personnel who design, produce and operate commercial and research RAS designs. This provides the most up-to-date knowledge and connects learners directly with industry for an integrated experience.
The PractiRAS on-site part of the course involved 14 students from Norway, Singapore and Malta for a full week of training on the use and application of Recirculating Aquaculture Systems. Delegates received theory lectures in the morning which were then expanded and explained in practical sessions in the afternoons in our wet and dry labs. Fifteen ABT staff coordinated in delivering their own field of expertise to make the content as relevant and current as possible, targeting topics like RAS trial management, fish health in RAS, troubleshooting, RAS installations and technologies, aquaponics, while also dedicating a time to showcase some of the species-specific RD&I trials we are conducting for other EU projects, like salmon, zebrafish and shrimp. The course marks the end of a collaborative project which has developed educational material that can be adjusted to a range of applications.
We are happy to have been a part of this educational project and look forward to doing many similar projects in the future! A special thanks to EUPA and Fondi.EU for making it possible for us to deliver this project. Project PRACTI-RAS Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Partnerships for cooperation and exchanges of practices: Small-scale partnerships in vocational education and training.