The EPLEFPA of Perigord is an institution of general, technical and agricultural vocational education.
It has been created in 1990 from the merger of two institutions: The agricultural High School of Coulounieix-Chamiers and Bergerac wine school.
It consists of two training sites, and 3 attached companies (La Peyrouse, La Brie, Les Chaulnes).
It provides training in initial teaching, learning, adult education and distance learning.
The EPLEFPA Perigord is a formal education structure of the French Ministry of Agriculture.
It has got 5 missions : initial and continuing agricultural education, occupational integration, animation of rural areas, research and development of international cooperation.
Annually 1,500 students arrive from the Dordogne department mainly as from the region Aquitaine. Coulounieix- Chamiers (head-quarter) and the second site Monbazillac receive pupils (550), students (200), apprentices (400) and adults (350)
The 110 teachers and trainers helped by an administrative division of 25 people offer trainings on level 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the European Qualifications Framework, starting from a CAP up to a professional license in general, technological and professional education.
The implementation of these training activities asks a close partnership with professional sections , both for the definition of content, organization of work placement as steering committee.
For technical and professional educational activities, the establishment often relies on its own facilities: agricultural and wine farms, food processing industry and tourism (direct sale, farm holidays). This is the case for the winegrowing activities; pruning practice is mainly done on the 30 hectares vineyards of Domaine de la Brie at Bergerac.
The EPLEFPA of Perigord is integrated in several national networks directed by the General Directorate of Education and Research of the French Ministry of Agriculture mainly on topics of general education, technical teaching and management.
At European level it participates in the activities of the association France Europea whose president is a member of the staff of the EPLEFPA of Perigord. This association gathers 104 French agricultural schools and organizes individual mobility courses for students and leads reflection on innovative themes in the setting of European partnership projects. The EPLEFPA of Perigord participates in projects of this association on ECVET experiments.
Concerning the specific topic of the proposed partnership project, the EPLEFPA of Perigord participates at the creation of a European wine schools network which includes more than 20 wine schools from 15 European countries.
The partners in the actual project are members of these two European networks and are known and appreciated for their activities.