All for One and One for All
Start date: Aug 1, 2014,
End date: Jul 31, 2016
In the project ”One for All and All for One”, 128 students (VET and adult students) will be sent for 4-12 weeks’ placements in companies, and 50 teachers will be sent as accompanying teachers for 2-3 days.
On the organization level, the main goal of this project is to start high-quality student mobility exploiting ECVET, and to develop common practices for its organization. The main factor at the background is the fusion of West Pirkanmaa Consortium of Education (LPKKY) into Sastamala Municipal Education and Training Consortium (SASKY) as of 1.1.2014, and the parties’ different approaches to organizing mobility. Now, along with the fusion, a strong will to share the skills has emerged; to build up strong common practices and to give the students of SASKY more equal opportunities for internationalization than before. This is part of the creation process of a new internationalization strategy just launched: high quality student mobility will be one of the corner stones of the new strategy.
The implementation of ECVET is important when organizing high-quality mobility. In the former LPKKY, ECVET has been implemented with the help of intermediary partners; the students give skills demonstrations abroad which the receiving entrepreneurs will assess, and the learning outcomes will be validated according to the entrepreneurs’ assessment. In the “old” SASKY, within Europea network, a high-quality model, based on co-operation between VET providers, has been developed. The model sets a good objective for the co-operation between VET providers, but the model is a result of long-term co-operation within a single sector; it can’t be adopted just like that – therefore the model of LPKKY has been agreed on with the partners as the minimum criterion.
To help the implementation of ECVET, the tools of the Perfect Match project will be disseminated to the partners, and their exploitation will be encouraged in the project. It is also essential to involve the vocational subjects teachers in the planning, setting of goals, monitoring and feedback gathering of placements. To validate all the learning outcomes gained during the placements, we will round up working groups, consisting of language teachers, cultural subjects teachers, IT subjects teachers, entrepreneurship teachers and Finnish teachers; the task of these working groups will be to elaborate common rules for the validation of the non-professional learning outcomes. The Education Managers will support their work and confirm the exploitation of the results.
To launch student mobility, some mobilities are also needed for teachers. They are needed to share the partner contacts, ensure the implementation of ECVET, the transfer of good practices, co-operation and the planning of new mobilities and new projects. The input of teachers is also needed to make internationalization an integral part of the everyday life at the whole SASKY.
This massive machinery is ignited for the sake of students. So that they can do high-quality placements abroad. So that SASKY would have practices effective enough, partners good enough and co-operation fluent enough for suitable placements to be found for the students. In suitable placements, the students’ tasks match their skills and their objectives, and thus the best learning outcomes possible will be gained – regarding both their hard and soft skills. Especially the soft skills – language, cultural, communication and co-operation skills; self-confidence, independence and initiative – are vital for their employability, and with the help of the work of the validation groups, a bigger part of these learning outcomes will be made visible in their qualification. The key principle in the realisation of mobilities is to encourage the students’ to take initiative and responsibility in the practical arrangements, yet every student will be given the support s/he needs.
In addition to the skills and experience described earlier, the results of the project include:
- free-form reports and videos made by the students, describing what they have gained during their placement
- assessment forms for skills demonstrations
- a common, updated preparation course in the SASKY moodle
- international coordinator’s guidelines: a version adapted for SASKY
- common practices and partners for mobility
- clear common criteria for the recognition of the non-professional learning outcomes gained during placements
- reports and workplace descriptions made by teachers
The key impacts of the project are:
- the improvement of the students’ employability
- the launching of common student mobility at SASKY, respecting the principles of ECVET
- the increase of internationalization at SASKY
- the enhancement of the attractiveness of SASKY as a VET provider
The project is consistent with the national and European objectives and strategies for mobility.
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