Priložnost za prihodnost
Start date: Jul 1, 2014,
End date: Jun 30, 2016
BIC Ljubljana applied a two-year mobility of students and teachers project Future opportunities which is also the motto of our institution. With the project we emphasized the European dimension and the orientation of our school which offers programs for veterinary technician, food processing and nutrition technician, nature protection technician, butcher, baker and confectioner. We planned mobilities in the professional fields for all these programs. Alltogether we did 11 flows at 8 different partners from the following countries: Great Britain, Cyprus, the Republic of Ireland, Spain, Finland, Italy, Portugal, France. The project objective was to achieve the overall and specific goals relating to particular profession of participants. Exchange students gained and enriched their generic competences: information and communication literacy; social skills, sense of fairness, ethics; career planning and management; entrepreneurship; self-reliance, responsibility, ability to make contact with citizens of foreign countries; learning about cultural heritage in a foreign country; learn a foreign language. In the individual discipline (special goals) we wanted to achieve:
Qualify veterinary technicians for the work in a veterinary team, improve their skilled supportive care for sick animals; in order to achieve these objectives, participants worked in veterinary clinics in the UK and Ireland, shelter for horses in Italy and shelter for abandoned animals in Cyprus.
Students in the field of nature conservation and food processing carried out mobility in a school laboratory in Finland where they obtained analytical competence. In addition, nature protection technicians also carried out field work in a tree nursery and defforestation and were acquainted with the use of biomass.
Confectioners worked in confectionery school workshops and in manufacturing plants. They participated in the preparation of desserts and bakery products. They learned how to communicate with customers and suppliers.
In order to implement the project, we established a project team with the main coordinator who coordinated all activities; further, we determined coordinators for individual mobility who were responsible for their smooth implementation.
In order to select participants the institution published an invitation to tender opened to all interested students of the school. Students who applied to the invitation to tender were selected on the basis of predetermined conditions.
Preparations which facilitated professional, social, cultural and linguistic integration into the foreign environment were organized for the selected students. All project activities were planned in collaboration with our partners. Together we prepared and coordinated all activities involving technical and generic skills. Most of the activities were planned by both sides; therefore BIC Ljubljana also accepted students and teachers from partner schools and organizations.
The project team monitored the implementation of the project and regularly met in order to coordinate all activities necessary for the successful implementation of the activities. During the project implementation the accompanying teachers together with partner mentors also coordinated the activity and provided high levels of expertise and skills and ensured that the project was indeed carried out in accordance with pre-agreed schedule. This also largely contributed to the quality of the project. In addition, after the completion of the project we obtained participants' opinions, analyzed the results and prepared suggestions for improvement of the future projects.
As expected the project brought positive results both to the participants as well as to the institution. Individuals improved their professional and generic results while the institution obtaind some new European experiences, motivation of employees and students for work, new knowledge and skills which were included in the learning process.
Long-term effects of the project were also in the popularization of the professions we enable – some of which are in shortage. This ensures sufficient enrollment in these programs. New experiences contribute to the modernization of educational programs and the preparation of teaching materials. With the gained experiences our students are more competitive in the labor market. The participants are forwarding the acquired knowledge and skills to all the employees and students. Already during the mobility the participants shared their experiences through social networks, blogs and websites. Mobility projects were presented in all school publications, websites and social networks. Their experiences were also presented within the study groups organized by the Centre for Vocational Education.
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