“Mūsu Victoria+” project is aimed at providing the youth with the opportunity to undergo placements and work-based learning on the international level, mastering their professional competences, enhancing their inter-cultural competences, foreign language skills (English, German, Spanish,Italian and Portuguese) and encouraging school students’ motivation to learn. The goal is to promote vocational education and challenge the stereotype of vocational education, persisting in Latvian society, that VET is intended only for the students who are not willing or are not capable to study. Victoria students strive for knowledge and work experience, therefore they are goal-oriented on the challenging themselves developing their professional and personal skills. And Erasmus+ mobilities provided within previous projects and the present project give them such a chance to fulfill their goals and aspirations.“Victoria+” project consists of number of activities. The first activity involves "VICTORIA" learners’ traineeships in vocational institute abroad in Portugal. The second activity consists of "VICTORIA" learners traineeships in companies abroad in Italy,Spain and Portugal. And one more activity is stuff training mobility in Germany and Portugal. Within the project the school is cooperating with four foreign companies: WBS training, A Rocca, Formación Europea, Práctica, Movilidad and Aplicaproposta LDA-Braga mob. In total 72 students and 14 teachers will have the opportunity to participate in Erasmus+ mobilities. The experience of international mobility ensures students’ future professional development. The previous experience of our school learners clearly indicated that those students who participated in study placements abroad had been provided with the workplaces or is possible to establish their own company after their graduation. Thus we can conclude that international mobilities guarantee "VICTORIA" students employability and more trust to themselves. Teacher’s mobility, firstly, is aimed at experience exchange in the field of international internship management, which later the participants can put in practice at the school. Secondly, the before mentioned mobility is oriented towards teachers’ international competence’s development, which being implemented in their work at school will logically lead to our students’ competence and education level advancement.As a result, the project serves as a guarantee that students, who had undergone traineeships abroad, are more motivated to both continue their studies and graduate school, mastering their professional skills, as well as, to be afterwards active participants of the common European labour market. Through traineeship mobilities students put their knowledge, skills and competences in practice, which in turn fosters students’ self-esteem and creativity.To sum up, the project fosters and ensures the international cooperation between the vocational school and foreign employers and representatives of foreign vocational institutions. On the national level, the project provides the possible measures of combating youth unemployment and early school leaving, via enhancing youth desire and motivation to learn and reach self-esteem via participation in mobility projects. Moreover, the opportunity of international mobilities for vocational secondary school students increases the attractiveness of vocational secondary education, which is one of the strategic goals of education reforms within Implementation of the "Europe 2020" strategy.
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