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EuroFP Balears II
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Consortium EuroFP Balears II arises from the need of continuing the project EuroFP Balears I. Both projects aim at helping small VET schools which lack the means or the experience to put forward an individual mobility project to take part in an Erasmus + KA1 VET project. The Consortium is coordinated by the Department for Education in the Balearic Islands, being the following its main responsibilities: -Financial, administrative and contract management-Create contacts-Assessment, results analysis, widespread dissemination30 out of the 65 formal VET schools and one of the two art schools which offer intermediate level courses (CFGM) as part of their offering are an integral part of this Consortium. It is made up of 17 courses belonging to 14 vocational fields.The project aims at meeting the needs of its members, in particular:-Modernize the schools and boost the appeal and quality of their CFGM; -Acquire the necessary skills to implement the dual learning apprenticeship model-Initiate or consolidate internationalization -Incorporate the European dimension in the curriculum-Improve the participant’s global competences -Ameliorate key competences in students and boost professional competence in teachers.These needs would translate into the following project objectives: Contribute to lowering school drop out rates. Diversify the educational offering of the dual learning apprenticeship model. Give educational institutions a global dimension while fostering transnational mobility. Raise employability of CFGM graduates and increase the number of students going on to study higher level courses (CFGS).With a means to achieve these objectives, two types of mobilities are being considered:- Mobility of 70 students to take their 5 week on-the-job training in companies in Germany, UK, Italy, Finland and Poland- Mobility of 45 CFGM teachers and members of the Department for Education, with a view to do job shadowing for the dual learning apprenticeship model in Germany the United Kingdom and Findland. In order to make these mobilities a reality, there are 9 VET shools acting as partners, all of them of considerable size, with international experience and most of them with previous experience of cooperation with the Department for Education. Agreements are celebrated for the exchange of teachers and students. The latter will be sent for internships to the companies with which agreements have been entered. The students will be also mentored by the VET institutions at their destination. The cooperation consists of visits, phone calls and emails.Participants are selected at each educational institution, following a call and based on specific common criteria. Each school takes care of preparing for the visit on different dimensions: pedagogical, cultural, health and safety, trips, protection, etc. This preparation can also be done in cooperation with other schools be it a face to face cooperation or via the Moodle platform created to this effect. The students use the OLS and specific language courses, and an online course is created for the staff at the Department for education. All participants sign learning agreements/work programs before the mobility takes place. The sending institutions in close cooperation with the host partners organize travel arrangement, lodging and boarding, insurance, and offer the necessary advice to obtain the necessary documentation.The recognition of skills and its communication to members is done using Europass and national instruments (credits for teacher training, recognition of on-the-job training hours, certificate of participation).The assessment plan includes the proposal, methodology, learning results, impact, objectives, dissemination and statistics. It includes questionnaires and/or statistics analysis from the Department of Education and it caters for contingencies or poor quality of activities. The expected outcomes are: -Increased interest by teachers on European projects -Growing number of institutions offering the dual learning apprenticeship model; -Improvement in management of transnational mobility-Better academic outcomes -Network creation; -Decrease in early school leaving rates-Changes in the Administration to facilitate these projects and their participation in KA2 and KA3;-Awareness of institutions and regional companies. The impact is measured with numerical indicators calculated from statistical data and questionnaires.The dissemination plan and achieved results disseminates on traditional, social media and on the Web: the assignment and results of the project, the experiences of participants (reports on the website, dual FP educational sessions); sessions about organization of mobility in Erasmus + FP projects; debriefings to potential participants; hosting of foreign participants; electronic posting at the end of the project with the results and experiences of participants. The Erasmus+ and Dissemination Platform
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