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Frans Schartau Business Institute HVE Mobility
Start date: Aug 8, 2016, End date: Aug 7, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project will run from August 2016 to July 2018 and includes staff and VET learners from four professional areas at Frans Schartau Business Institute in Stockholm. Stockholm is one of northern Europe’s strongest growth areas and Higher Vocational Education is provided within the Tourism, Visitor & Hospitality industry, Finance, Healthcare and Retail. There are just over 800 HVE learners at the school, 20 permanently employed staff and around 60 employees who are contracted to work with teaching.The aim of the project for staff is to gain more knowledge about EU tools and to obtain a greater insight into the overall objectives set out in the Europe 2020 strategy for Higher Vocational Education. More knowledge is needed regarding SeQF, EQF and how ECVET should be applied regarding the transfer of credits & qualifications, which is acquired when the staff gain insight into how work assignments are carried outdone in Europe concerning the professional roles that HVE learners at Frans Schartau are educated for. Additional aims of the project are to learn how the curriculum could better reflect the European dimension. The aim of the project for HVE learners is to acquire international work experience and to strengthen their language skills, since this is request made by the labour market. As a result of mobility, employability increases and at the same time HVE learner increase their opportunities to work in an international labour market. Mobility provides them with the opportunity to acquire key competences that include the ability to communicate in a foreign language, and to assimilate new technologies that lead to digital competence. Living in another country leads to the development of their social, personal and cultural skills. By participating in the exchange project, individual initiative is also stimulated.The project will be organised by three members of staff who have previous experience of international cooperation. Activities are well established and methods for running the project have been planned for some time. Once the project has started up and is implemented by staff and HVE learners, the work will progress according to the Activity Plan that includes, among other things, theme days, help with writing CVs and that every participant prepares themselves by investigating/examining specific areas in the destination country.Four different professional areas of work will be represented among the 16 members of staff participating in mobility, in order to achieve a comprehensive result. Staff should be in the position to apply their new knowledge immediately for the benefit of HVE learners and to support the school’s own work with internationalisation. The 25 HVE learners participating each year will be selected to achieve a good spread across these four areas of work. Learners should have good interpersonal skills and a clearly stated goal for what they hope to achieve in their future careers with the help of this new experience. Participants must also have good communicative skills to be able to convey what they have learnt after their period of WPL. After selection, the goals for mobility should be agreed and anchored with the host company or organisation and the Learning Agreement written.The anticipated result is that Frans Schartau will be at the forefront when it comes to working with internationalisation. Within the organisation there will be a greater understanding of professional roles seen from a European perspective. The acquired knowledge will add an international dimension to the school’s programmes and teaching, provide knowledge about SeQF, EQF and ECVET, and ensure that international Work Placements (WPL) maintain high quality. As the school is a part of the City of Stockholm, where all levels of education are provided, results can be spread via the municipality’s Intranet and newsletters. The 90 or so companies tied to the different steering groups will be invited to participate in breakfast meetings and theme days thus having the opportunity to learn about the school’s work with internationalisation. Niche companies that the school also works with will gain access to employees with international experience.On completion of the entire project, Frans Schartau Business Institute will have strengthened international cooperation within higher vocational education in Europe, which will facilitate future work with the implementation of ECVET. If the project is carried out full scale, over and above the contacts made through staff training and skills development, this will also include supervisors from 50 companies/organisations in Europe where knowledge and insight is exchanged. HVE learners’ participation in mobility will benefit the EU-regions in future through access to professionally educated employees who can work across borders.
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