The Bácsflóra Production School

The Bácsflóra Production School was founded by Madaras, Katymár’s Manicipilary and Tudásklaszter Society and Rural Development Specially Public Nonprofit Ltd. during a TAMOP 1.4.3.- 08/1-2F/2010-0005 coded, „ Bácsflóra-Production School development in the most rural micro region of Bácsalmás and it’s surrounding”tiled project. The project was running between 1st of January, 2011 to 31st of December, 2012.

Introduction of the project

The project goals

The Bácsflóra project was aimed at creating employment and self-employment opportunities for the disadvantaged population that were unemployed - taking local circumsatances into considerations – by providing OKJ-certified „vegetable producer” and „dry pasta maker” specialty training and education.

The project target groups

We have conducted a questionnaire survey among the target groups of the project prior to putting together the application. The questionnaire was filled by 55 persons in Madaras and in Katymár. There were 35 females and 20 males among them. 36% who had elementary level eductaion, 33% had vocational training diploma, while 22% possesed a high-school diploma.

The majority represented the ones that took part in eductaion 5-10 years ago (35%), but many were found also from the ones that has never studies as adults (23%). Study was considered important or relatively important by the vast majority (67%). 75% of the participants would restart studying for being able to get new jobs easier.

62% marked agricultural, plant production and gardening-like training as attractive opportunities which are relevant to our application. Also 62% indicated that he/she would need help in studying paralell to the training.

Summery of the characteristics of our target groups:

Disadvantaged, unemployed, active aged people who are:

  • over 18 years of age, but not yet eligable for pension
  • have maximum 8 grade (elementary school) education or lower, or
  • have out-of-date skills, and there is no demand for his/her vocational skills around his/her living area, thus he/she has no chance to get employed
  • disabled by law and has not been employed or
  • permanently unemployed, has been out of job for 6 months (if beginner) or 8 months (if experienced) or has been employed for the last two years, but his/her employment period was not longer than 3 – 12 months, or he/she was employed by public work only.


The activities of the project

The structure of the project can be called classical. Recruitment, selection, individual development of competencies, after the creation of the development plans, we implement the personalized, work ability supporting complex training programm called SORS-OK(accreditaion number : PL-5636). This was a new type of training for the participents, since they have not participated in such training before. The gole of the accreditated training is to motivate the unemployed persons to regain their self respect and to become able to enforce their own interestes and to be able to start their own enterprenourship.

Special goals:

  • to build motivation
  • to strenghthen self awareness
  • to strenghthen communication
  • to build conflict handling competencies
  • to build conflict handling
  • strategic thinking
  • to widen knowledge in experitise
  • to build the need for own learning development
  • to gain knowlege on employment issues, entepreneur legal background issues
  • to prepare them for employement, to have them accept the new situtaions they are in
  • to present new job searching techniques
  • to develop job and self behavior culture
  • to pass on entrepreneurship related knowledge(legal and financial)
  • develop digital competencies

The training is 184 hours, out of which 45 hours is theory and 139 hours is practice-oriented study.

The modules of the programm :

Motivation training

  • Self awareness communciation and conflict handling
  • Preperation for life change
  • Guidance
  • Job searching techniques
  • Entrepereneurship
  • Digital competencies

After the training, we offer vocational training. 800 hours of vegetable production course with the involvment of the Janoshalma’s VM East-Hungarian Education Centre Agricultural Vocational School and College. The course is long and laisa much focus on the practice orientation, which is conducted in our own educational gardens. Semi-skilled worker gardening training is offered for those, who have not completed the 8 elementry school classes or did not feel enough motivation to step into one of the certifyed courses.

The general objective of the training is to familirize the students with “choirs around the house” and backyard vegetable garden and fruit production tasks and to mekt them be able to perform propagation, care, harvest, storage and primary processing techniques.

Specific goals:

  • Introduction of the garden crops
  • The reproduction of these, installation methods of propagation techniques
  • Basic knowledge of plant care and cultivation technology acquisition
  • Horticulture crop protection awareness raising
  • The proper storage and processing of horticultural products for the preparation of future production
  • Undertsnding the  variety of storage and primary processing technologies
  • Awareness of occupational safety and health standards

The course dureation is 165 hours, where 60 hours is theory, 105 hours is practice-oriented study.

Pasta manufacturing study plant in Katymár has been added to the school production plant end-points as well as the associated production of pasta-degree that gives a certificate recognized by the state. The women participating in the training showed excellent academic results! The resulting plant meets the national academic standard and is a well-equipped laboratory unit.

The trainings, individual mentoring support was given to students which resulted in a minimum number of dropouts during the course implementation. The mentors are also local residents to whom they can turn to with their problems.


After completion of the training, 10 people had the opportunity to work utilizing theopportunity given by the funded project, the pasta production plant, as well as the school kitchen.
In our project, 51 were women, many of them with small children, so the child care services was very popular. Locally, the so called “Sure Start Centre” was well equipped; the atmosphere was great, so it maximally met the requirements.

 During the implementation of the training participants received fiancial support, but only when they attended classes. This proved to be very effective; the participants were only abcent if it was very necessary. This regular participation also contributed to the excellent exam results.

 During the implementation of projects, particular emphasis was paid to the public to ensure the building of international relations; this will be described later in this chapter. The project is the result of one of the largest professional school of “Subsistence Production for Ruralk Areas” model we developed, which not only domestic but also has a cross-border character.