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European Metallurgical and Electromechanical Vet Mobility
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Portugal has still one of the highest Early School Leaving (ESL) rates in Europe. Results from the 2013 Eurostat Labor Force Survey showed that the rate of early leavers from education and training in Portugal is 19.2%, which occupy the third place in the ESL range of EU members, behind Spain (23.5%) and Malta (20.9%). The same survey shows that the rate for male students is double the rate for female students in Portugal. The 'European Report on the Metal Mechanics Sector and VET', published under the transnational project ISO QUAM, provides a clear idea of the training requirements forecast in the Metal Mechanics sector. In Portugal this sector employs 7% of the country's workforce and leads the rank of growth in the last 25 years. The growth of the sector is boosted specially by the technological developments that enhance productivity, which produce changes in the workforce requirements: low skilled workers become obsolete and are substituted by machines while specialized workers are increasingly needed. In order to respond to the needs of the labour market to find skilled workers this project aim to foster employability through mobility, to adapt raining systems to labour market and learners needs. The participants will have the opportunity to learn by doing in another EU country thanks to the internship offered in UK, Spain, Italy, Finland. Duration of the project: 24 months, from 1/06/2015 to 31/05/2017. Target group: students in vocational training schools, from 18 years old. hosted at workplace. VET learners traineeships in companies abroad. The mobility will last for 63 days, and it will be fully recognized by the sending organizations as learning period abroad. Eligible beneficiaries of the project are 94 young Portugueses, going through intermediate professional training main fileds in mechanics and mecatronics sectors which include courses in production management, industrial maintenance, renewable and sustainable energies, refrigeration and air conditioning, mecatronics and mechanics technologies. The participants will be selected regardless of their sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion of belief, political or any other, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation. Participants will be selected taking into consideration their cv, motivation letter and an interview. Cáritas Portuguesa will offer an added support to the most deserving participants in order to support and award them. Promoting cooperation between chambers of commerce, companies and training institutions is a key action to adapt the content of training to the requirements of the labor market and provides more attractive training programs to students accordingly to their needs and expectations. In the long term, the combination of this kind of projects will produce an impact in the educational and training systems, thus stimulating political reforms and attracting new resources for mobility opportunities in Europe and promoting the free movement of people and ideas. The project aims to: - provide participants with the opportunity to have a work placement abroad; - give to the training systems the opportunity to become more attractive for dropout prevention and to respond to labor market requirements by training qualified personnel; - develop useful skills for the communities involved, as exchange of best practices, launch a business, work or further education in the sectors covered by the project; - give to the project partners the opportunity to create a bridge between education and training and labour market; while meeting their needs of internationalization. Sending organizations: Confim: 60, 32 per year, ITN: 4, 2 per year, EPS: 4, 2 per year, EPRM: 26, 13 per year Hosting countries and Intermediary organizations: CCIS, Spain:18, 9 per year, Academia Iria Flavia, Spain: 4, 2 per year, Kara Bobowski, Italy: 6, 3 per year, Pordenone, ConCentro, Italy: 20, 10 per year, Sistema Turismo, Italy: 4, 2 per year, Almond Vocational, UK: 24, 12 per year, CCIF, Finland: 18, 9 per year. After completion of internship abroad beneficiaries and partners will be followed-up by sending institutions and CCIP. They will interview participants, using also a questionnaire, contacting them by email, telephone, whatsapp, skype, or face-to-face to have a feedback about the impact of the mobility experience and the changes in their training/work perspective. The partners have established indicators to measure the impact of the project: 70% satisfaction rate of participants in the mobility; measured with the application of a questionnaire to participants once mobility will be finished. 70% satisfaction rate of host organization; measured with the application of a questionnaire upon completion of mobility. 70% satisfaction rate about project development; measured with the application of a questionnaire to all project' partners during final evaluation (month 24).
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