IMPROVING VET QUALITY
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2016
IES XABIER ZUBIRI-MANTEO BHI provides secondary and vocational education in different areas (business, computing, tourism, commerce and marketing). Internationalization is an axis of the College’s Strategic Plan, with an ultimate goal of increasing the employability of our students following the lifelong learning and mobility objectives defined in the Copenhagen process (Copenhagen Process, Bruges 2010) and in the strategy Europe 2020 (ET 2020).
Within the Erasmus + program, 8 VET students went on job training, students job placements are meant to obtain a comprehensive education for these students so that they will be able to respond to the market requirements but also to improve the understanding in the following areas: human capital for cohesion and competitiveness, training throughout life and quality assurance in VET Europass, and a transparent framework for qualifications and competences.
These are the mobilities of this school year
- 4 mobilities for VET teachers to Finland and Wales: jobshadowing to Finland and first collaboration steps to Wales
- 2 accompanying teachers to Italy and Poland for minor students
- 8 mobilities for VET students’ job placements to Italy and Poland
According to the Project, Zubiri Manteo performed some activities, previous to the mobility:
Educational Preparation has been made during 5 Wednesdays, in 2.5 hours sessions with young people selected, analyzing the case studies collected in previous experiences, explaining and preparing the documentation necessary.
Zubiri Manteo has provided them, every Tuesdays and Thursdays, an additional English course ( 2 hours a week). In addition, a native student from Poland and a student with good level of Italian have provided 14 hours language course to the participants.
Cultural preparation: Working in groups and according to the destination, they did research of the country cultural aspects
The length of stay was 3 months. During the first few weeks they have alternated linguistic, cultural and vocational training. From other year experiences, the first week they accused language barrier, but from the second week on they could run professional tasks without significant problems. We must not forget that participants are required a minimum base of the target language. This facilitates the immediate integration into the assigned company.
Project development followed a work plan with distinct phases: needs analysis (department call, participants call,...), project development, beneficiaries selection phase, signing contracts with partners and beneficiaries, beneficiaries preparation phase, sent stage and stay, monitoring and evaluation
This project’s impact can be summarized as follows:
It has improved their maturity, autonomy, self-esteem and social relations
It has raised their European awareness and interest in languages, seeing the importance of them. In fact, they are aware that job searching might increase beyond their immediate environment.
It has encouraged students to continue studying at higher levels. Some participants in the program have already enrolled in a higher level course.
They have acquired new knowledge
They have identified the need for direct contact with companies to improve the quality of relations, which has led to a series of actions with the association of entrepreneurs of Gipuzkoa to continue working on this line.
They have analyzed the different curricula in order to be able to launch concrete cooperation in specific modules so that, students from both schools performing can work together.
Internationalization is one of the strategic lines of both the Educational Project and the School Project.
Fostering these projects in the school means the implementation of multiple actions such as language courses for teachers, making the Europass CV in all training cycles, as well as target action meetings with the language departments to promote the use of languages portfolio as reference.
Dissemination: besides the blog and the web, other communication tools will be promoted. In September an Europass mobility award ceremony will be held.
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