The project consists of two phases

  • During the first phase, the students will participate in an online course with final testing to acquire the key theoretical knowledge about tourism in the industrial heritage sector.
  • Those who will complete the course and pass the final test will have a chance to be part of an on-site summer school in a real industrial heritage site. The summer school will take place in Abbadia San Salvatore, an Italian village located in the south of Tuscany. Abbadia has for long been home to one of the largest mercury mines in the world.

HECTOR Online course

HECTOR’s online course is a theoretical self-learning tool, entirely in English, that combines topics of tourism, industrial heritage and transversal skills.

The course is divided in four modules respectively made up of several units. Further research is also encouraged as links to extra reading and video material are provided:


Module 1: Industrial Heritage

  • Unit 1: History of Industrial Heritage
  • Unit 2: The Context of a Specific Industrial Site

Module 2: Targeting Tourists and Trends

  • Unit 1: Target Groups Visiting Industrial Sites
  • Unit 2: Tourism Linked to Industrial Heritage
  • Unit 3: Creation and Implementation of Touristic Offers
  • Unit 4: Risk Management of Industrial Heritage Sites
  • Unit 5: Links to Regional Development and Decision Making

Module 3: Experience Tourism

  • Unit 1: Experience Tourism

Module 4: Core and Transversal Skills for TOIH

  • Unit 1: Communication Skills
  • Unit 2: Digital Skills
  • Unit 3: Language Skills
  • Unit 4: Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Unit 5: Practical Skills for TOIHs
  • After learning the course material, participants will be able to take the final test. Taking the test is required in order to obtain the certificate of completion of the online course and to participate to the summer school selection process.
  • Access to the online course is completely free and open to everyone and it will be possible to access all the content from the 1st of March 2022 from this page.
  • The access to the online platform will require participants to fill in a registration form where they will specify their willingness to participate to the selection process for the summer school.

Summer School

The summer school will take place during the week 12th -18th September 2022

Selection process

Enrollments will be reserved for people between 18 and 35 years old, with domicile in one of the countries of the European Union who have an intermediate knowledge of English.

In order to be selected, participants will need to complete the online course, take the final test in all its parts and upload an updated CV in English (EU format). This needs to be done before the application closing date: 15th of July 2022. (An online interview might be requested during the following weeks).

The Experience

It will consist of a one-week intensive course in Italy, entirely held in English, in Abbadia San Salvatore (SI), within the buildings of an important and impressive industrial archeology site.

The summer school, in addition to various training activities, will include meetings with experts in the tourism sector and institutions relevant to the project, and visits to the mining museum in Abbadia. Participants will be given a second certificate of completion which demonstrates their improved skills as Tourist Operators Specialised in Industrial Heritage.

Before the arrival to the location, the selected participants will be divided into local online groups to create the first content to be presented during the first day in Italy.

An online call with all selected participants will be organized for them to know all the details.

A draft of the summer school activities is given here.


Afternoon: participants reach Abbadia S.S.
Night: group activity to allow participants to get to know each other.

DAY 1:

  • Morning: welcome and first confrontation session on case study. Each national group will present their work and then transnational working groups will be built in order to merge solutions and ideas (indicatively 4/5 transnational working groups). Together with this work, participants will be given a “self-assessment” tool so that they can analyses their competences and understand what they might need.
  • Afternoon: filed visit to the Mine, the museum and its surroundings to understand how the industrial heritage site has been recovered and transformed into a touristic asset. + activities to link the visit to the project work.
  • Night: Free

DAY 2:

  • Morning: workshop with experts belonging to the field of tourism/industrial heritage.
  • Afternoon: further deepening of the project work
  • Night: cultural activity 1

DAY 3:

  • Morning: field visit and meeting with local authorities to understand their local sustainable development policies
  • Afternoon: further deepening of the project work also by use of simulation session through which applying all skills, knowledge and abilities acquired.
  • Night: free

DAY 4:

  • Morning: meeting with partners and participation to a workshop with experts belonging to the tourism job market. This workshop will have the form of a Q&A session in order to let participants ask directly to potential employers what they need in terms of competences and thus complete their “self-assesment”.
  • Afternoon: participants will fine tune their project work and arrive to a definitive “experience toolbox” applied to their work.
  • Night: cultural activity 2

DAY 5:

  • Morning: Presentation of their final work, i.e. the case study “experience toolbox” during the Multiplier event. During this occasion, participants will be awarded with the certificate of participation.
  • Afternoon: final exchange and greetings. This moment will also be the occasion to build stable networks of cooperation among participants.


How do I partecipate?

  • Register to the online platform by clicking on the dedicated button on this page.
    You do not need to have specific requisites at this stage.
  • Follow the easy steps to create your HECTOR account.
  • Enjoy the online course at your pace.
  • Complete the course and take the final test. Do your best, however remember that failing the test does not automatically exclude you from the summer school selection process.
  • Upload an up to date English version of your CV using the Europass format (Click on this link to create one:
    After this date applications to the summer school will be closed.
  • Wait for further notice from the HECTOR team in order to know whether your application has been successful.