Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2017
Education has an important role in achieving the aims of Europe 2020. In the strategies of lifelong learning in Estonia 2020 the principles to improve the system have been brought out: of great importance are „active participation and responsibility of the learners“ and „open mind, toleration and international cooperation“ (p 3,4). The challenge of vocational education is that the school-leavers’ meet the standards of present day labor market, important are both the personal qualities and professional skills.
The project „Discover the world“ will enhance the quality of study process and personal development of each participant. These are important points in the school development plan. The project is in accordance with The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET)
The core of the student mobility is 15 study outcome based modules together with assessment sheets. The modules are practical, have been created in the course of previous mobility programs, and meet the requirements of current curriculum. In order to carry out the mobility program we have a sequence of activities that is in accordance with ECVET principles, together with dates and people in charge.
The objectives of the project „Discover the world“ are:
1. To promote the student mobility between different countries as the students carry out part of their practical training in enterprises in Finland, Croatia, France or Germany. The teachers of partner vocational schools have worked out assessment guide/manual based on study-outcome based modules
2. Helps to meet the requirements of labor market and enables to assess, transfer and approve the study outcomes attained during the traineeship. The basis of the good and purposeful traineeship is the sequence of activities worked out in STEVTA project.
The participants of the project are 20 students from all curricula of our school. Students come from the countryside and 40% of them are from underprivileged group. Five weeks of independent life in a strange environment will be a useful experience for a young person. They will improve their self-confidence, sociability, language skills, competitiveness, and also their professional skills. Students who come after secondary school will improve the motivation and personality together with professional skills.
The content will be chosen together by the student, teacher and project leader from the following modules: e.g.in hospitality industry - a la carte, pastry, basic food preparation, banqueting; in construction - mason, drywall installment, installation of wood frame; machinery- charging and starting up system, maintenance, brake service, suspension; ICT- composing dynamic web- pages, installing the software, installing the hardware, application of software.
The activities, responsibilities and dates before during and after the mobility have been divided between the sending and host organization according to mutual agreements.
The responsibilities of Kehtna Economy and Technology school are coordinating the project that is carried out by the project leader in cooperation with the head teachers of different curricula.
Hosts have different responsibilities according to agreements.
Project administrators and teachers in the partner schools know each other from previous cooperation and so the basis of our mutual work (our students in their school and their students in Estonia) is trust. We have created a memorandum of mutual understanding that is valid until 2016 between the organizations involved. In addition we have an agreement between four parties (sending and host school, participant and company where the participant is going to work). The good quality of the outcome is ensured by the list of activities carried out before, during and after the mobility, the technical description them and outcome-based modules created by the teachers. Responsibility for the managing of the project lies on the project leader of Kehtna
As the outcome of the project participants will have acquired necessary study outcomes of the modules at the work placement, they have got experience to manage in strange surroundings. School will have promoted the quality of teaching taking into account the principles of ECVET. All parties will have contributed to free movement of labor, comparability of vocational qualifications and intercultural communication.
Important impact of the mobility is the fact that people know more about Erasmus mobility projects and its possibilities. The project helps to raise the qualification of specialists and compliance with the requirements of the labor market. Students will have more competent and motivated teachers.
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