Empowering Women in Agrifood
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Empowering Women in Agrifood

Empowering Women in Agrifood


At Initiative – Centre for Education, we are proud to have been given the opportunity to participate as an educational support for Empowering Women in Agrifood (EWA) programme, organized by the EIT Food. EIT Food is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

 

Empowering Women in Agrifood (EWA) programme is aimed at reinforcing female leadership and supporting women with business ideas or female-led startups in early stage of development operating in the agrifood sector. In 2022 edition 130 talented female entrepreneurs from 13 countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Spain and Turkey) are going through a 6-month entrepreneurial programme tailored to develop business solutions for specific challenges in the agrifood business. The goal of this initiative is to provide comprehensive consulting of the participants' career, so that they can successfully set up a sustainable agrifood business. 

 

One of the supporting activities of the programme is a dedicated 3-months training with the focus on improving English communication skills in the international agrifood business area, especially for the purpose of creating a good business pitch. EWA participants will receive the necessary knowledge, confidence and support to fulfill and exceed their desires, which will lead them to successfully start and develop a sustainable business. The program is intended for women regardless of their age, family situation or work experience.

 

The ultimate goal of EWA programme is to overcome the existing gender gap in the agri-food sector with a special focus on RIS targeted countries promoting inclusivity and diversity among business founders and increasing the number of startups founded by women.

 

We have prepared two programs for female participants depending on their level of knowledge: Grow Your English and Speak English Confidently; and as motivation, please watch this VIDEO intended for all women

About EIT Food

EIT Food is the world’s largest and most dynamic food innovation community. We accelerate innovation to build a future-fit food system that produces healthy and sustainable food for all.

Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, we invest in projects, organisations and individuals that share our goals for a healthy and sustainable food system. We unlock innovation potential in businesses and universities, and create and scale agrifood startups to bring new technologies and products to market. We equip entrepreneurs and professionals with the skills needed to transform the food system and put consumers at the heart of our work, helping build trust by reconnecting them to the origins of their food.

We are one of nine innovation communities established by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), an independent EU body set up in 2008 to drive innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe.

Find out more at www.eitfood.eu or follow us via social media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.

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6 ways to improve your website to get more students

SIx ways to improve your website to get more students

Too much to do!

Organisations are under so much pressure these days to update their online marketing presence. The problem is that there is so much to focus on. Where to begin? Social media, paid ads, email marketing, blogging, etc. For many organisations, this can be overwhelming as they don't have the time or the resources to commit to doing it correctly. We are all aware of how important marketing has become for our work these days. However, most people neglect the most critical aspect of their marketing, and that is their website.

I have been looking at many organisations' websites over the years, and I am amazed that most of them are entirely outdated and do more damage than good. The purpose of your homepage is to set you apart from your competitors, to tell people who you are and why they should choose to work with you. It is your online digital business card. 

A poorly designed homepage will get you ignored, while a good one will do its job and get you more sales.

In this article, we will go through the critical elements of what makes a great homepage, and hopefully, by the end of it, you'll be able to get some ideas and apply them to your organisation's website.

What Makes A Great Website?

Essentially, it should be simple, uncluttered, and straightforward. Your homepage should not look like a lousy catalogue crammed full of offers and the latest news. It is the first impression, and you know how important that is. If you can't showcase that your organisation is different, your potential customer will only focus on your prices, and there will always be cheaper offers out there.

There are six fundamentals that every great homepage should contain.

It Has A Great Compelling Headline That Talks Directly To The Customer

Your headline should be something that will set you apart from other organisations.

In short, a great headline front and centre of your homepage is an essential element you need when designing your page. This headline should not be an offer! It should tell the customer two things: 

1. Who it is for?

2. What problem it solves?

If you can't describe what problem your organisation solves to your visitors in one sentence and it doesn't connect with their issues, you should rethink it. Your headline is your introduction! Don't jump into a sale before you introduce yourself!

It Has Trust & Authority.

Does your site show authority?

Where possible, it's always good to include reputable companies that you have worked with in the past to confirm authority and high value in your new customer's eyes. If you have worked with companies, put their logos here.

The more you can include on your homepage, the more effective it will be to establish yourself as an authority.

Include a Selection of Your Latest Blog Posts (if you have some)

Your homepage on its own generally doesn't change, which in the eyes of Google search engines may be bad for SEO. Including some of your latest blog posts will keep your page fresh and encourage the search engine bots to keep returning to your homepage and crawling your site for new information. This will significantly improve your rankings and attract new visitors.

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Testimonials and Reviews

As with trust and authority, including testimonials from your existing customers will significantly improve social proof. This will add credibility to your organisation, removing any doubts and objections from your prospective customer and encouraging them to take action.

A Simple & Effective Design

The problem: the busier the page looks, the more overwhelming it will be for your visitors and the less likely it will be for them to take the desired action. If your homepage has too many separate elements, i.e. services offered or special offers, it will look very cluttered, and the primary message you want to convey will be lost.

In short, keep things simple; use two primary colours, a simple layout with a clear, large typography set that is easily read and consumed by your visitors.

Calls-To-Action (CTA)

Are your visitors clear on the action they need to take to move forward?

Again, this may seem like common sense, but it's surprisingly overlooked in favour of design and site layout.

In short, including a clear call-to-action on your page is essential, and not only for walking your visitors down a clear path. So what is your call to action? 

To call you? 

To take a trial? 

To download an eBook? 

Decide on the best next step for your organisation.

The best CTA for most businesses is the one that gets the customer on a call, so get them to book a call and set up a scheduler like Calendly (https://calendly.com/), so they can pick a convenient time to talk with you.


Conclusion

Try to include as many of these on your homepage as you can. If you don't have all of the elements, don't worry. Try to include them over time.

The main things that you should take away from this article are that your homepage should:

  • Use simple, straightforward language free of industry jargon or terminology
  • State clearly who is your customer and what problem you solve.
  • Set you apart from other organisations by telling visitors how you are different.
  • Have clear calls to action, telling customers what they should do next.
  • Build trust by showcasing your testimonials/reviews. 
  • Highlight your authority by showing which companies/organisations you have worked with in the past.

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How to find partners for your Erasmus+ Projects
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How to find partners for Erasmus+ projects

How to find partners for your Erasmus+ Projects

Looking for a good partner organisation can be challenging, especially if you are at the beginning of your Erasmus+ journey. Building relationships takes time in any area, and the same applies in Erasmus+, but first things first.

The first step towards a successful Erasmus+ experience is always knowing what idea you want to develop within Erasmus+ Projects.

Make sure the course you want to attend is going to fit you and your needs

Even though you are not applying for Erasmus+ as an individual, but as an organisation, it is necessary that you ask yourself - What kind of training do I really need in order to improve my skills or skills of my staff? Before you and your organisation decide on the course, you need to do an evaluation of your skills – both individual and organisational. By evaluating your skills and needs, you will detect what is the most needed asset in your skill set that you think you are lacking in order to be a better teacher, manager, headmaster. If you start with your needs, you will know which direction to go in. Ask yourself: How do I see myself in the future? How do I want to improve my career? What skills am I lacking to become better at my job?

Having a clear idea of your project will help you navigate within a wide range of institutions and organisations that are involved in Erasmus+. If you want to advance your school curriculum and improve the teaching skills of your teachers, then you need to look for a good training organisation.

Make sure your needs are in line with the needs of your organisation

Initially, when writing your application for Erasmus+, you will need to start by investigating the needs of your organisation. Ask your peers, colleagues, boss and all other staff what it is that your organisation is lacking in order to reach its goals. What parts of human resources are valuable and what parts need to be improved. Tell all you employees about Erasmus + possibilities and make a short-term and long-term development plan for your Erasmus+ application. Short-term will be set for this year’s application, and long-term maybe for next year.

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Start by asking organisations from your established network

Building relationships is always hard work, but in the end it pays off. But, there are some things that might make this process easier and quicker. If you have a network of organsiations that you are close with and they have already been involved in Erasmus+ projects, chances are they have some recommendations for you. They might have attended some training courses or lectures by trainers that really impacted them. Ask them for their experience and see if they can recommend anyone. Word-of-mouth is, after all, still the best promotion.

Summary of the course

Once you have found a couple of organisations, you can narrow down the selection by looking into the summary of their course. Not only do you need a good description of the course, so that you can see what you will get in return, but it is necessary to describe the courses you want to attend in your Erasmus + application. Make sure you get as many details as possible, so that you can understand what you will get from the course and explain all the segments of your mobility in your application.

Ask for an online meeting

When you have narrowed down the potential partner organisations, ask them to schedule an online meeting. This way, you can get to know them a little bit more and compare what everyone is offering. After getting your answers, you will be able to choose the right organisation.

Look for partners online 

There are a couple of ways to get to know new organisations online.

Websites that have been established by the European Commission:

EPALE Partners Search – for Adult Education and VET

SALTO YOUTH– for Youth Mobilities

There are also a lot of unofficial websites that help organisations connect more easily:

LinkedIn and Facebook groups are very often good places to start

Some LinkedIn groups:

https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4287623/

https://www.linkedin.com/groups/5080110/

https://www.linkedin.com/groups/6929760/

https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8423060/

Some Facebook groups:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2685092871802920/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/679074125436567/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1440503956192198/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1396451860652137/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/141436002693630/

WEBSITES:

School Education Getaway

EU Partner Search

Finding Partners Database

Building a partnership takes time!

Having that in mind, try to communicate with organisations you like and would like to work with in the future. Exchange ideas with them, invite them to your activities and build relationships on trust and good communication!

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Why Online Reviews Are Crucial For Your Language School Now More Than Ever

Have you ever wondered why students choose one language school over another?

In the past, pre-Covid, the deciding factors for choosing a language school were a combination of the price of the course and the school’s location. 

In the last 12 months, with schools moving online, the main deciding factor for choosing a language school now is online reviews. If you don’t have that many reviews, then you need to start collecting them now. 

Let’s go over why online reviews are crucial for your school now more than ever.

The Facts

 

Did you know that up to 90% of your students will check your reviews before they ever interact with your school? The latest studies have shown that people value reviews so much that they account for 67% of their buying decision!! So you see, getting reviews for your school is extremely important and will only increase in the future.

So here are the main benefits of having great reviews:

  • They improve your SEO (search engine optimisation). This means the more good reviews you have, the easier it will be to be found online. Google wants to connect customers with businesses that have great reviews. 
  • They establish trust. This is the point of reviews. 84% of people trust online reviews as much as they do a personal friend. The higher your review score, the more trust you will generate. 
  • They generate more business: Great reviews = more stars = more clicks to your website = more business.
  • Reviews are a great source of feedback, good and bad. Use the positive feedback as inspiration for describing your business. Student feedback can be used in your promotions very effectively. These opinions can help you to describe your courses better, etc. The bad feedback is valid and needs to be addressed. We live in an online world where we need to be completely transparent.

I know when I want to go to a new restaurant or stay at a hotel, join a new gym or go to a new hairdresser, I always read the reviews. They are usually what tips me over to actually choosing any particular one.

How do I get them?

It's simple! Just ask your customers to write a short online review about your school and let them know how important it is to your business.

What to keep in mind:

  • Have believable customer testimonials. They have to be believable, sound authentic and be from real customers. 
  • Ask often, don't just ask once and leave it at that! This needs to become a common practice, every couple of weeks. Motivate your teachers to help.
  • Give your students at least 2 different platforms to leave reviews. Google and Facebook are enough.
  • Respond to your reviews, good and bad. Google want to see that you react to your feedback. Never ignore any review. If they are positive then say 'thank you' and tell them you appreciate the feedback. The same goes for negative reviews: respond, be courteous and polite, acknowledge the complaint and respond in a mature manner. Never get into an argument, however tempting or provoking it may be.
  • Timing is crucial! Let your customer get value from your school first before you ask; this will increase your reviews dramatically. Likewise, don't wait too long either! If they forget the value they received, then they most likely won't leave a review.
  • If, by any chance, you have had a local celebrity coming to your school, be sure to use their photo and review as an endorsement. Put it up on your website.

Try to put yourself in your students' shoes. Reviews from your present and past students provide proof for them to see. One particular review might be all it takes to push someone from just thinking about using your school to actually becoming a paying student.

What to do next

Send an email to your students asking them to leave an online review on your Facebook page or on Google. It takes them just a few minutes and, if they really do like your company, they'll have no problem sharing their experience with others. 

You could do this in the following way:

Send out a survey to your customers, asking them to rate different aspects of your service. You can use this information to improve or tweak things to make your students happier. 

At the end of the survey, you could say, "If you are happy with our service, leave us a review on Facebook!", with a link for them to click. It's easy for them to do, and because they've just been thinking about your business while answering those questions, they're more likely to leave a review right there and then.


The purpose of these quotes is to drive people to your business. Pick and choose the best ones you get and put them on your website as promotion material for everyone to see.

If you need help with your school's marketing, check out our Digital Marketing course for Schools and Educational Organisations here

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