Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2016
The “Alarm!” project was implemented over the period of one year, from 1 June 2015 until 31 May 2016. 18 students of the Electrical Engineering study programme were chosen to participate in the mobility project. The participants worked in Portuguese companies for two weeks. The internship was focused on the subject of security systems for IT as well as for property protection. The students worked directly with their Portuguese colleagues as common employees. Our aim was to give the students the opportunity to utilize their skills and learn competences used in actual work in an authentic commercial environment. Our students were sent abroad in two cycles, with 9 students participating in each one. Because there were underage students present, each group was accompanied by a supervisor. The first cycle took place at the turn of October and November 2015, the second one in the first half of April 2016. The students worked for 6 to 7 hours a day for 10 working days.
It was our first time participating in the Erasmus+ programme with an international mobility project. For the first time we gave the students the opportunity to get to know the environment in businesses abroad in their area of study. The students were thus given the chance to attain new work experience. The internships were certified by the Europass Mobility Certificate, which will be of use to the students even in their future professional life as proof of the competences gained during the internship abroad. It also has positive impact on their future employability not only in Žatec, but also anywhere in the Czech Republic or in the EU. Thanks to the internship abroad the students’ language skills also improved.
The internship programme was prepared for 10 working days in two weeks, from Monday till Friday. The students worked in the following companies: A. Cachada, Alarmevisao and Ferreirolux. In their free time the students could get to know the culture of Portugal and the local landscape. They also got to see the Atlantic Ocean. The project was designed not only to develop the participants’ vocational skills, but also their personality, broaden their general outlook and give them the opportunity to get to know a new culture.
All 18 internships consisted of real work. There was no theoretical preparation. The programme itself concentrated on tasks regarding the protection of information systems and the preparation and installation of security systems for properties. This involved namely activities such as maintenance and repair of security and communications systems, signalling technology, transmission technology, control technology and other technologies; checking and carrying out functional testing of security technology, and also assembling, installing, repairing, reconstructing, connecting, or reviving security systems and technology. The students tried their hands at a number of tasks, because they were interconnected when part of one order of the company’s clients. Apart from those tasks the students were also acquainted with Health and Safety Regulations and with designing and pricing security systems for clients. By placing the students in commercial companies we tried to give them comprehensive work experience.
We wanted to give the students the opportunity for an all-round development, although the main aim was the development of their vocational skills. Our expectations of the internship consisted mainly in the impact on the future employability of the participants on the job market. Thanks to the certificate used they will have a better chance at finding work not only in the Czech Republic but also abroad.
We encountered no issues over the course of the project. A team of the school’s employees took part in the implementation of the project and they ensured its smooth running. The international mobility project had a positive impact not only on the participants themselves, but also on the school as a whole, because this innovative way of arranging work experience for the students breathed new life into the standard teaching methods. The project also supported the development of the students’ English language skills.
Because the project has been implemented successfully and our experience with our Portuguese partner organization has been very positive, we will continue the mobility projects in Barcelos and the surrounding areas in future years.
Last but not least, we would like to mention that this project has contributed to the fulfilment of the goals of the Erasmus+ programme and to the development of technical education in the Žatec region and in the Louny region.
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