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Mobilidade na EU
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

ETAP has developed activity in Vocational Education and Training aimed at young people and adults for 25 years. Headquartered in the city of Caminha in the Alto Minho region, is the oldest vocational school in the Northern Region and was the second to be established at national level. It is one of the schools with more experience in placements and exchanges at transnational level. The teaching and non-teaching staff has extensive experience and courses have been promoted with the assent of the School Advisory Council. The region where it operates is one of the most depressed of the country, marked by high unemployment, with most of its students from economically disadvantaged families who seek a dual certificated training, with the aim of immediate entrance in the labour market. Therefore, the fight against failure and early school abandonment is part of this educational community’s daily life. This project consists of arranging mobility for: 1) 50 students of professional courses that will conduct integrated internships, lasting for three months, divided into two academic years (15/16 e 16/17); 2) 20 newly graduated students in school years 14/15 e 15/16 will take on internships lasting for 5 months; 3) 10 staff elements (teachers of technical areas, pedagogical coordinators, SOEP coordinators) that will perform "job shadowing" and technical visits to education and vocational training centers, with the duration of one week. The proposed mobility have the following objectives: a) Implementing school links with companies in countries of the EU in a technologically more advanced context; b) Give the opportunity to students and recent graduates to experience real work experiences that add value to the knowledge acquired in school; c) Increase cooperation between companies / institutions, social partners and other entities that provide learning processes across Europe; d) Facilitate and promote the flow of innovative practices in the fields of vocational education and training between the participant / beneficiary countries; e) Promote transparency and recognition of qualifications and competences in order to approximate the potential of qualifications between European countries in terms of standardization; f) Encourage the culture of learning foreign languages, for the need of communicating in formal and informal contexts; g) Maximize integration opportunities in the European labor market of young people in early career; h) Provide school HR their inclusion in educational and vocational training institutions where they can observe best practices, exchange experiences with other professionals from European countries debating issues related to the use of technological resources, enhancing strategies and motivation of students and the fight to absenteeism and dropout; i) Improve given practical training and increase the quality of vocational education, through contact with other practices and teaching methodologies and meeting other education and European vocational training systems; j) Enhance the European dimension of vocational education and strengthen competitiveness in the European labor market. In the scope of these mobility actions, participants will be placed, monitored and supervised by the partners in the training areas involved according to their area of studies. The training contents are defined, planned and scheduled by the director of the vocational course the participant attends, in the case of students and recent graduates, and the CEPT in the case of staff. The planning of the development of the participant's activities, supervised by the tutor and accompanied by the partner, aims to serve as a guide, since it lists the technical learning that the participant received during training in school and that is capable of developing, or will easily adapt to. Following these guidelines, this project includes the preparation and support activities to the implementation of mobility, as well as monitoring and evaluation activities, monitoring and dissemination of results. As for the expected impact, these experiences developed in other EU countries, preferably provided with greater innovative capacity and know-how, compared to the ones they have access to in our country, have the advantage of preparing the young Portuguese for bolder professional challenges. Technical quality and high productivity require effectiveness, which is fruit of discipline, punctuality, attendance, good human relationship and understanding, leading to good professional performance which can ensure a promising future career. Impacts in the long-term in the educational community, resulting from dissemination of the project, and in economic operators in the region coming from the professional experience gained abroad are expected.
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