Haugaland VGS - Mobilitet
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2016
n this application we are applying for project funding for the school year 2015/2016 for 4 students from upper secondary level 2 Health worker training (Practice duration 5 weeks), 6 students from upper secondary level 2 ICT technical services (Practice duration: 4 weeks) and 6 students from upper secondary level 2 Sales, service and security (Practice duration: 4 weeks) and 3 students from Building and Construction. In addition we are applying for funding for 10 teachers/employees who will be involved in the placement and follow up of the students. The areas of study are in Alicante, Spain (Healthcare institution) and CRC, England.
Through this project, the school aims to increase implementation of secondary education, prevent dropouts and improve recruitment in Health worker training, ICT technical services and Sales and service courses, as well as show students that they have chosen a very universal vocation, which can be practiced globally. Students will gain international work experience and have a motivating practical experience. Through practice in Spain and England the students will experience people of different ages, linking to a community quality of life, activity, health and well-being in a society with different cultural backgrounds. Cultural understanding and tolerance is very important in the professions of nursing and health care, ICT technical service and business studies where people, like our students, very often work in multicultural workplaces. The students will also have academic excursions with instruction from professionals. The project will provide the students with new knowledge in their chosen profession, as well as knowledge about Spain and England. Feedback from previous participants shows they have increased motivation to continue with and complete their vocational training.
Secondary schools find that within the above-mentioned areas of education, students, instead of going out to learn a trade and complete their apprenticeship after two years of upper secondary school, are choosing to take a third year with intensive study in general subjects. This is despite the great need for skilled workers in the labour market. The school's concern is also increased numbers of dropouts in secondary vocational education nationwide. The most frequent cause is low/no motivation to attend school. (Statistics Rogaland county). Haugaland upper secondary can show positive results related to the mobility of students in previous international projects.
For students in Health worker training(HWT), ICT, Business studies and Building and Constructions(B&C), the aim of this project is that they will have new and different experiences and broader skills related to work which in turn contributes to increased competence in their area of expertise. The experiences the students acquire in their international schooling and internship are continued in their further education. All participants have completed their education without dropping out, and have been found to be highly motivated and successful learners. Several of the Health students have been offered summer substitute employment and apprenticeships in healthcare at Foundation Betanien. These excellent results mean that the project has been an important part of our education at Haugaland upper secondary school.
For students in HWT, ICT, Business studies and B&C the aim of the project is directly related to education that provides experience and increased expertise in working in a minority language environment and different cultural backgrounds represented in the country they live in. These experiences in Spain and England will be taken further in their education.
Levels of cooperation / those involved in the project:
Our School (Haugaland upper secondary school) has the formal responsibility for the students throughout the internship/schooling. The school’s contact group have also the practical responsibility for the students throughout the internship/schooling, including arranging the student’s leisure time. Two teachers from the language department at our school will participate as well during the project period. Together the contact persons will provide the connection between the internship/school, accommodation and have regular contact with the student's guardians in their work placements. They will also conduct a final evaluation.
The subject teachers are responsible for the professional supervision of the students in practical training via the Internet, Skype and telephone. The teachers inform the school’s contact persons if there is a need for additional professional development.
Two teachers and the international coordinator will travel to Spain (Health worker training) and 3 teachers + international coordinator will travel to Cambridge, England (ICT technical services, Business studies and B&C) and are present for the midway evaluation together with the contact person and the student's onsite tutor/mentor.
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