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Let's Go!
Start date: Aug 1, 2014, End date: Jul 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Let´s Go! on its behalf contributes the aim of knowledge-based Europe. The core need of the project is to implement Lifelong learning and mobility within vocational education according to ET 2020. Let´s Go! improves vocational skills, knowledge and competence of students and teachers of vocational education. In addition the project increases Lifelong learning skills, mobility, employability and European cooperation. The project also supports and promotes the strategies of OSAO and Osekk. One of the objectives of Let´s Go! is to disseminate and increase awarness and visibility of OSAO's international work and Erasmus+ programme. Let´s Go! promotes strongly internationalisation of OSAO, language learning and knowledge of European cultures supporting. The project thus supports the aims and strategies of Erasmus+, OSAO, Osekk and the Council of Oulu region. Let´s Go! contributes the realisation of individual flexible study paths by offering chances to deliver part of the studies abroad. The objectives of the project are to increase the amount of vocational education student and teacher mobility periods, to increase personal vocational and Lifelong learning skills of participants, to improve the quality of OSAO's international work and to further strengthen the international network of OSAO. The target groups of the project are the students and teachers of OSAO. There are 208 IVT mobility periods to be delivered in the project. Periods are On-the-job Learning or study periods in companies or in receiving partner colleges. The duration of IVT mobilities varies from three to eight weeks and longer periods are also possible. OSAO offers students a chance to deliver studies from "the tray of international studies". The parts of study units are that sort of studies that they can be recognised by in- and non-formal learning. There are 55 VETPRO mobilities, five of them being further education courses and 50 teacher exchanges. Based on previous VETPRO Together-projects it is known that one part of the professionals considers the periods in the companies as the most fruitful part of the mobility periods. The other parts prefers to study the partner college's methods and ways to work and to compare the education systems in Finland and in a receiving country. Let´s Go! VETPRO mobilities enable participants to do either or or both of these activities. Let´s Go! increases the knowledgeof teachers regarding the tools of Copenhagen process EQF and EQARF. All Let´s Go! VETPRO participants attend ECVET information event held by ECVET Expert where EQF and EQARF are introduced and explained to teachers. With the help of EQF and EQARF OSAO´s teachers together with colleagues in a receiving organisation familiarize themselves with the quality criteria. OSAO emphasises home internalisation within its organisation. The motivation and willingness of teachers to receive foreign students and staff is essential for home internalisation. International mobility periods offered for the staff is one way to increase teachers' commitment and motivation for home internalisation. The results of mobility periods, improved language skills and encouragement for using the language, support teachers to include internationalisation into their daily work. Let´s Go! is based on reciprocity, so the project increases the amount of foreign students and staff received by OSAO. Social media and effective dissemination are key elements in Let´s Go!. The Instagram, Twitter and Facebook will be utilised for monitoring the mobilities, for dissemination and for marketing material. Let´s Go! is grass-roots level work to contribute the objectives of EU strategies. Project's mobility periods support achievement of ET 2020 reference values. By promoting mobility and personal international experiences of students and teachers the project increases the acceptance of cultural diversity thus contributing the realisation of European values. Mobility periods and increased European collaboration improve vocational and Lifelong learning skills of participants, which have positive impact on employability and social inclusion.

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