Ana Cristina Mendes
Deputy Director of CEARTE. Member the Board of WCC Europe. Extensive experience in the preparation of projects for training and preparation of applications for Community Programs and in the coordination and monitoring of transnational training projects. Author of several articles and communications within the thematic Crafts and Vocational Training. Coordinator of the work team to update the National Qualifications Catalog in the Handicraft and Jewelery Area. Member of the work group on the Sectorial Study for Craft Activities. Communications in Congresses and Seminars in Portugal, Europe and Latin America on Vocational Training, Crafts, Heritage and Innovation.
CEARTE – Professional Training Centre for Crafts and Heritage offers, all over the country, qualification (long-term) and improvement (short-term) training throughout the country. Starting from tradition and traditional know-how, it trains and stimulates innovation, training for prestigious professions, valuing artisanal work through its identity, culture and uniqueness. CEARTE also provides professional and school certification; offers to mentor for the creation and development of small businesses; provides technical support to production units; innovation guides and is responsible for the technical appraisal of the Craftsman Charter and Artisanal Production Unit (UPA) and the Certification of Traditional Artisanal Productions.