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Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2017
According to „The Estonian Lifelong Learning Strategy 2020“, the main attention for the new development period at Haapsalu Vocational Education and Training Centre is focused on the following principles - the change in the approach to learning, the learner’s individual and social development, implementing the digital culture into the learning and teaching environment, the increased participation in lifelong learning and the equivalency between the specialties and the needs of the labour market.
The change in the approach to learning presumes the new knowledge from the school management, the teachers and the supportive specialists in education system. One of the most considerable possibilities of gaining new knowledge is learning from the experiences of the other countries. To provide the learning quality in accordance with the contemporary requirements, the school needs an extra knowledge in managing the learning process, arranging the studies, operating the new digital technology and implementing the new curricula. The staff of the vocational school needs new experiences in using the modern active learning methodologies, work-based learning, changes in evaluation of skills and competences and creating the new forms of collaboration to support the reforms in the learning conceptions.
For achieving it the school has started a project “The Best Practices from Europe”. The aim of the project is to improve the learning process and enhance the arrangement of students’ placements in the light of the change of the approach to learning and send the students to perform their professional placements in the companies of European countries.
The activities during the project are planned to take place on three levels:
1) The mobilities of the school staff, including the vocational teachers, to European vocational schools to gain knowledge and get experiences how to improve the process of updating the learning process and to enhance the practical arrangement of placements (including the work-based learning).
2) The practice of the vocational teachers in the partner companies of our partner schools to complement their skills and competences and get aware of the modern trends in their specialty.
3) The placements of the students in the partner companies of our partner schools and the schools’ practicing bases to improve their vocational skills and competences
The activities of the Project are implemented during 2 years, 2015-2017. There are altogether 166 participants, among them 128 students and 38 staff members and 18 cooperation partners from 12 countries, 14 vocational schools and 3 agencies and 1 tourism farm. The activities are planned as following
- 7 one-week long staff mobilites with 28 participants, 4 participants to each country
- 2-week long practices for 10 vocational teachers in 3 different countries.
- 3 weeks or 1 month long placements of the students, in 10 countries
The participants to the staff mobilities are chosen due to their responsibilities in their every-day job, the main choosing criteria is their dedication to their work and wish and willingness to take part in the development of the learning process and the improvement of the quality of the vocational education. The criteria for choosing the vocational teachers is the wish and willingness of the teacher to improve his/her knowledge and professional skills and competences, the readiness to practice in the company of another country and the needful language skills for individual succeeding. The criteria for choosing the students for the placement is their willingness and wish to improve their skills and competences, their progress and attitude to their studies, their adaptability, team-working and language skills, and willingness to improve their language skills on the courses before the internship.
After every staff mobility or placement of the vocational teacher the school arranges a seminar, where the participants present their knowledge and experiences and and how are they going to implement it into their work.
In spring 2016 and 2017 the traditional annual conferences of the school will be held, where all the school staff and the partner enterprises of the school will participate and where the staff members, teachers and students who have taken part in mobilities present their best experiences they have gained.
The students who have done their placements abroad share their experiences on public placement presentations where the co-students and vocational teachers take part.
The manager of the present project is the Coordinator of External Relations, who is responsible for co-operation, implementation of activities, preparation work with the participants, all the travelling, hosting and insurance questions and project documentation. The project manager co-operates with the school management and the participants.
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