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European Vocational Competencies Through Work Based Learning II
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Participating parties in the project‚ EVC II‘ , are colleges and enterprises in the region of Düsseldorf, Germany, providing training in the dual system. The project will be coordinated by the EU-Office of the District Government of Düsseldorf (GEB). It focusses on the implementation of vocational work placements into both curricula and apprenticeships as a means of individual support for students. The target groups consists of 36 teachers and 10 instructors who are experts within the field they train and 54 apprentices. The educational staff are experts and have long years of experience in the vocational field concerned. If necessary, they will be also supported by foreign language teachers. During their period of time spent abroad both the VET staff and their European partners (DK, ES, FI, FR, Gr, PL, TR, UK) will a) determine vocational units of learning outcomes b) discuss organizational details for mobilities of apprentices c) work on an assessment framework for the respective mobilities. Based on their vocational background the apprentices will gain international vocational competences in European enterprises. The students’ mobilities will be supervised by their teachers using the ‘Blended-Mentoring-Concept’ – an instrument that can be used on-site for the formation and assessment of a structured and work-orientated mobility. In addition, they will be supported by VET staff in the target country. The GEB as the coordinating institution has a long-time experience in mobility projects and provides high standardized instruments for the organizational, professional and social support of the partners, i.e. workshops, joint meetings. Moreover, the activities for VET staff will be supported by bilateral groups (DE-PL and DE-FR) and a European “Learning Community” (EUROCOM Smart). All beneficiaries will receive the Europass-mobility. The procedure for the organization and realization of mobiltities is based on the European Quality Charter for Mobility. The project aims at the teachers and instructors to get an insight in main European transparency instruments and educational and employment systems in the target countries. They will gain new impetus for their own vocational lessons and trainings. Based on their mobility experience and learning outcomes they will be qualified to realize future work placements on their own. For the students our ambition is to enhance their vocational work experience, linguistic and personal competence through communication and evaluation of their mobility experience. They get to know working procedures within a different cultural context and experience the differences in European vocational education. In the long term the mobility project EVC II has a sustainable effect on quality objectives in vocational training in the region. It increases the employability of the beneficiaries on the labour market and enhances the competitiveness of all companies and VET schools.
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