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Improving VET skills in a European context
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: Nov 30, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project "Improving VET skills in a European context- IVSEC" is very important in the process of implementing European projects at the Berufskolleg für Technik und Gestaltung in Gelsenkirchen.Students as well as teachers are part of the project lasting 18 months in order to improve technical, linguistic and intercultural competences. Internationalism is the key factor in implementing cultural understanding and the dialogue between different cultures. Furthermore we aim at preventing failure in education and supporting young people facing difficulties such as coming from a deprived background. Gelsenkirchen lies in the heart of the Ruhrarea, a large industrial area with high unemployment rates.This project will motivate participants to be active learners and attend lessons regularly. Students will recognise that they can be competent learners and have social skills which are important in the project.The students have never experienced an exchange and have mostly never travelled to a foreign country, facing a new situation and being able to handle it will lead to more motivation . We expect the students to develop an increased interest in becoming successful learners, thus the project will have a long-term influence on their professional lives and personal development.18 students and 6 teachers take part in the project to West Lothian College in Scotland, Borsa Istanbul Basaksehir Mesleki ve Teknik Anadolu Lisesi in Turkey and the Instituto Tecnico Industrial de Miranda in Spain. Participants will attend technical, practical and theoretical courses in their fields of education with learners of a similar average age.Teachers on mobility will be trained in the fields relevant for their professional development like supporting students to be successful learners and exchanging good practice through Job Shadowing, they will learn about new innovative ideas which will be discussed and aim at generating new methods and ideas.All of the participants will experience a cultural programme which supports cultural understanding and intercultural behaviour.The project will have 3 stages of development. The first part is the cultural, linguistic and content preparation in lessons and project meetings. Participants will work on self-assessment tasks before, during and after the mobility.While on mobility (second stage) they will prepare a monitoring task which will be discussed after the mobility in individual evaluation interviews, which will be documented for further evaluation by the project team (third stage).Learning through internationalism will have a long-term effect on participants and the college, students will be more successful and strive to do well in exams. The teachers will be motivated to take part in European projects and learn on an international level, exchange good practice and implement new ideas leading to increased professional school development.

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