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Start date: Sep 20, 2014, End date: Sep 20, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Vana-Vigala Technical and Service School’s project bears the name “Learning in Europe”. The main goal of the application is to improve training quality and teachers’ expertise, assure learning contemporaneity and coherence with the requirements of the European labour market, contribute to learners’ (staff) movement between countries, develop key lifelong learning competences of students and teachers, improve the reputation of vocational education as well as inform on the possibilities of EU programmes. Project objectives include enabling students to obtain work experience abroad during their studies; developing project participants’ social and personal skills as well as working habits alongside professional competencies; increasing the comprehension of career perspectives as well as motivation for further studies. In accordance with our school’s plans for development and action we find expanding cooperation with different educational establishment and enterprises in European countries and developing curricula to be important. Furthermore, helping teachers develop professionally through exchanging experiences with colleagues from other European countries; improve participants’ understanding about the school systems, practical job management, culture, customs, and methods of other countries; raise participants’ competence and professionalism. Implementation of the project will improve the level of vocational preparation and promote mutual recognition of vocational qualifications, through reciprocal learning and exchange of good customs. The necessity of teachers’/managers’ participation in the project is justified by the new vocational education law and by the implementation of the curricula reform. Twelve students from the cookery (5), pastry chef (2) and automotive (5) department will participate in the student mobility project. The duration of the mobility varies from three to four weeks. Students will be working in training enterprises. The number of participant in the instructors’ aka staff mobility project is eleven. Student mobility takes place in Austria; the receiving partner is Bildungsberatung & Vermittlungsagentur. The duration of one catering department teacher’s mobility is three weeks with apprenticeship in an Austrian enterprise. Teachers’ mobility takes place in Finland, Tavasti KK, with ten participating teachers (five from the automotive and five from the catering department). Their mobility duration is one week. Main subjects of the project include converting to output-based curricula, possibilities for curricula development, achieving the learning outcomes of Estonian Credit System for Vocational Education (EKAP), the possibilities of considering implementation of EKAP with the principles of implementing European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET), familiarising with practical training, visiting lessons etc. The project is managed by Vana-Vigala Technical and Service School along with the contact people of the foreign partners. Project manager’s assignments are to assure a high level of preparation and execution. Project management includes project planning, constant cooperation with partners and the members of the working group, assessing and spreading the outcomes, as well as doing payments, concluding contracts etc. Financial management takes place in cooperation with the accountant of the project. Expected influences and outcomes of the mobility include the increase in the development of European key concepts and trade skills, higher work motivation and satisfaction, broadened possibilities on the labour market, improved foreign language skills and the ability to understand other cultures. Increased understanding about the connections between different educational systems and willingness to support people participating in mobility projects. Increased self-esteem and awareness about the different possibilities European projects offer; as well as initiative and ability to carry out modernisations in their trade. Employers appreciate the new experiences and advanced training in their trade which the participants receive through project work. Participating organisations gain new experiences, new partners, expand their cooperation network, which assures sustainable development and reputational increase. School’s success depends on the staffs’ skills and knowledge, which can be used in further vocational practise. Partaking encourages participation in future EU educational programmes and new projects. Participation in projects is one of the indicators during accreditations.
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