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European Trainer Teacher-Tandem
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In this partnership project the main objective is the development of a model/concept of an European Trainer/Teacher-Tandem (ETT-Tandem), which will allow the participants to exchange and implement best practice experiences of teachers and trainers in a real training environment. This means that two trainers/teachers from different European countries conduct together selected parts of the practical training either in the company or in any other practical learning environment for a certain period of time. The important context of this project is that some of the partners have the dual System implemented in their countries - like Germany, Austria and Denmark- and other countries not or they are on the way of implementing it in the next future, like Spain, Greece and Italy. On the other hand, it is clear that we are living in a changing world in which the new economies (China, Brasil, etc.) have an impact on the European productive system. So in this project, all the participant institutions will learn one from the others in order to think about the changes they can apply in their real contexts. The final ETT-model will give the possibility to improve and integrate special elements into professional practice by learning and teaching together. It focuses on the practical side of VET and thus forms a practical counterpart to the current political debate about the strengths of the Dual System and the Work Based Learning and Apprenticeship. In order to achieve this goal, the partnership will realize six international meetings, one in each participating partner country, with the aim of identifying all needs, conditions and methods which are necessary to develop the concept or which could have an influence on the realization of the model. Subjects of the meetings will be the answering of the following questions: • What demands are made on an "optimal" training in particular with regard to the integration of theory and practice, as well as cooperation between enterprises and schools (and other institutions involved like chambers and Unions?) (Target: Gathering of Good Practice experiences; identification of a transnational "maximum claim") • Which of these claims can be realized in the legal / institutional conditions of the partner countries? (Target: "stress test" to find the above mentioned maximum claim and the lowest common denominator, which is so actually implementable) • How can the viable claims of the daily training practices be implemented in practice? Which experiences already exist? What understanding problems / dislikes, etc. must be considered in the implementation? (Target: Derivation of concrete measures aiming at the praxis – and not at the politics, law or science – and which can counter upcoming prejudices etc.) In six coss-boarder meetings the partnership will also integrate representatives of companies and other relevant stakeholders of each host country to work with them on specific questions concerning the development of the ETT-Model from the perspective of enterprises. The clarification of these aspects is essential so that the ETT-Tandem model leads to the intended result, which means to the improvement of teaching/training contents and in this sense to the improvement of the VET-systems in the different participating countries. European cooperation can be an extremely effective medium to learn more about the methods, strategies and practices of the other partner countries and institutions, and to improve in this way VET in different countries of Europe. The realized ETT-model will allow that young VET students have access to methods and practices used in other countries improving their employability in a global economy: work-based learning is critical for employability at all education levels, especially in the current context of high youth unemployment, which is extremely high in countries like Spain, Greece and Italy. At the end of the Partnership the developed ETT-Model will be tested in a Pilot-Phase by one tandem build by the partners of the project.
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