Mobility in Europe 2015
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2017
The project was started in 2003 as a collaborative project between a number of vocational education centers with common interest in agriculture. The objective of the project is to target the pedagogical effort in educational planning, which supports the student’s international competency building and preparing them to enter the European working market. Therefore, we have defined the strategic and primary goals we are striving to achieve. Overall, our work is focusing on increasing the student mobility through the entire education from the basic to the upper level.The target group is students with personal and social competencies corresponding to a level, where we judge that they can complete four week mobility in a foreign company. We maintain an annual flow of c. 125 students on the basic level of the education as zookeeper, farmer and forest technicians. They students speak English so well that they can receive instructions and do well abroad. Moreover, they are collaborative and have positive attitudes as well in the classroom as in the practical workshops.The target group is students with personal and social competencies corresponding to a level, where we judge that they can complete four week mobility in a foreign company. We maintain an annual flow of c. 125 students on the basic level of the education as zookeeper, farmer and forest technicians. They students speak English so well that they can receive instructions and do well abroad. Moreover, they are collaborative and have positive attitudes as well in the classroom as in the practical workshops.We schedule activities before, during and after the mobility’s, which supports the learning of the students. The students get practical assignments in the workshops of the schools, where they learn to plan, collaborate and carry out business related tasks, which they encounter in larger scale during the training abroad. We organize language and cultural preparations in order to promote their skills in professional business communications. The students train their skills during the four week mobilities in foreign companies and they finalize by training oral and written communication after returning to the school.We use a diverse range of pedagogical tools during the learning process. Besides deductive teaching of technical issues, we apply very much inductive methods, where the students are challenged to find solutions on practical problems. We use the formal principle, where business-like tasks are solved in the classroom and the functional principle in workshops simulating reality. The mobility project is characterized by being holistically oriented, where many disciplines are integrated in learning. Moreover, we use a project oriented approach, because it mimics the business world outside the school.The expected results is that we can establish about 125 placements annually, which promote learning among the students and is mutually satisfactory among the sending and receiving partners. We assume that we can maintain the confidence-building relations with the partners abroad and extend the network corresponding to the need at the working market. For example we have already taken contacts to international aquaculture companies and established collaboration with the Danish Aquaculture Association, because the Danish government has launched a 2020 plan, where aquaculture will become a growing sector and thus need our students. We expect that this project will have a positive impact in that more students are using the employer’s reimbursement system, during placements abroad globally, so we maintain a dynamics, where experienced students are mentoring the younger.We will maintain the high impact by our presence in professional and social network within the agriculture sector. As an example we are obliging towards enquiries from politicians, researchers and colleagues seeking knowledge of our projects administration and working process. We will motivate students to share their experiences and disseminate information about their stays on blogs, homepages and the social media. We will continue publishing posters, articles and e-books for the public. Moreover we will present news to journalists on magazines and newspapers.The long-term effect is a concerted action targeted at young students, who needs international experiences on the competitive European and global working market. We have a well-documented track record creating opportunities enabling young people to finalize their vocational education. We expect to strengthen the network and extend our strong position on the market.
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