Mobility with Quality from South-Kymenlaakso to Eu..
Mobility with Quality from South-Kymenlaakso to Europe (Title in Finnish: Liikutaan laadukkaasti Kotka-Haminan seudulta Eurooppaan/short form LLaKE)
Start date: Aug 1, 2014,
End date: Jul 31, 2016
The background for this project arises from the recognized challenges in previous projects, that can be developed in Finnish vocational education. Making good use of influences, work and communicational means of other countries is important in developing ways of accomplishing qualifications. The experience in communicating more actively with people from other countries is commonly challenging especially for the students, but for some teachers, as well.
The goals of the project are increased language skills, strengthened ways of communication, improved vocational competence and vocational adaptation to different cultures, and also expanded preparedness to develop training and educational competence and carrying out qualifications or parts thereof.
The number of participants is 43 students and 7 teachers. There are also students with immigrant backgrounds or students with special needs. The teaching periods of the teachers take place while the students are in the target countries.
The preliminary profiles of the students are:
- United Kingdom12 students (conditory 1, business adminsitration 3, artesan 2, tourism 2, social care2, hairdressers 2)
- Spain 8 students ( logistics 2, electricity 2, sport 2, social car 2)
- Germany 8 students (car 2, machinery 4, logistics 2)
- France 4 students (restaurant 2, sosial care 2)
- Hungary 3 students (electricity/ IT 3)
- Lithuenia 3 students (construction 3)
- Estonia 3 students ( plumber 3)
The activities are:
1) On-the-job learning of the students
The guidance during on-the-job learning period can be made more effective when the students and the teachers are in the target country during the same period of time. The student receives a preparatory task for the teacher’s period, and a part of the qualification is carried out during the period abroad.
2) The studying in vocational institution
Students with special needs study in the college. They have a special needs assistant as a support.
3) Teacher as a supporting person during the on-the-job learning period of a student
The teachers create learning material and participate in planning the implementation of parts of the qualifications and the execution together with the partner teachers. The teachers develop their ECVET-competence and gain experience from the environment and possibilities of passing the qualification in the target country. Finishing the qualification begins in the students’ home country and is carried out in the target country.
The methodology for carrying out the project
The methodology is based on learning by doing-participation which enables to gain courage and create certain habits to make contact and communicate and also crystallize what one has learned and perceived through one’s own strengths in communication. The progress of the project is guided in project teams, whose members are chosen from the college’s international team. PCM-method is practiced during the implementation of the project.
The result and long-term effects are developing vocational competence, professional and international grasp on work and courage to be active. The experience in working with people from different countries is especially beneficial for Finns.
One of the long-term benefits is also a more competitive college due to improved competence of its workers and more practical and functional connections to working life and also international network.
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