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Rud mobilitetsprosjekt 2015
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Rud High School is abbreviated as RVG and York College as YC. During this first year with Erasmus+ funds there has taken place a fundamental development for both students and teachers who have been involved in the project. The students have increased their worth in the job market and we wish therefore to expand our cooperation to include Electricity and Electronics studies in addition to Healthcare. We have established a good working relationship with YC, which is famous for its prize-winning systems and good results. In the exchange period the students get to know new educational methods, live with host families and get to meet new people. This increases their self-confidence, which in turn increases their ability to take the initiative. They improve their language skills, which increases their intercultural awareness. RVG finds that our school has become more popular and parents seek more information about other exchange opportunities in vocational training. Our organization gets noticed and we experience a growing interest from other schools, parents and teachers. The exchange programme has given us the chance to improve quality development and competence in the subject. That is why we see the need to strengthen our cooperation with other countries and the EU. RVG is seeking funds for 8 students in Skin Care (Healthcare) for the whole second year (Vg2). We are seeking funds for 12 students in the Skin Care course and 12 students in Electricity and Electronics for a period of two weeks during the second year (Vg2). We are also seeking funds for two teachers in Skin Care responsible for health promotion work and practical vocational work, two teachers in Electricity and Electronics Power Current and Low Voltage, in addition to two representatives from the professional electicity and electronics trade organization . Project coordinator Kari Grønli wishes to be present for shorter and longer periods in order to plan and develop the cooperation further. RVG wishes to establish a solid foundation for European cooperation. This can improve students’ and teachers’ competence in working with innovative methods in a competitive job market together with school and business. The aim of the project is to increase interest for vocational studies at our school and to improve our educational product and make it more competitive in the job market. Our aim is to facilitate the introduction and use of innovative educational methods in cooperation with RVG and YC. The aim is also to increase intercultural and language understanding and promotes a closer cooperation between the school and the business community. YC has facilitated the use of module-based lessons. Students who are on exchange for shorter periods go through a module or part of one. Digital tools are employed in teaching and social media are used both for communication and marketing purposes to promote the exchange programme. After having passed all the modules the students who are on exchange for the whole second year (Vg2) take a final interdisciplinary test identical to the one at RVG. In practical training at school the students will be given subject-related tasks. Teachers at RVG have in cooperation with YC agreed on specific educational modules and wish to be present during parts of this process. This will give the schools the opportunity to develop innovative educational methods which will form the foundation for a more robust joint educational course. The students take part in trade exhibitions that keep them and their teachers up to date in their field. We see this as very important in ensuring quality development, enabling new discoveries while forming the foundation for promoting entrepreneurial skills and innovation in the subject. Students and teachers also take part in cultural activities, concerts and excursions to cities and the surrounding area, which all contribute toward intercultural understanding. RVG feels this project will provide inspiration to work towards an innovative and sustainable development in the trade for both students and teachers, in addition to contributing to make the students more competitive in the job market. The students have increased their self-confidence and make their own choices based on their experiences during this exchange programme. Recruitment to vocational subjects in our region is in decline, even as society’s demand for qualified craftsmen is increasing. We wish therefore to use this project to increase motivation for vocational development and recruitment to the trades. We hope that more vocational courses can take part of their education abroad and plan to expand our cooperation with YC in that respect, as well as looking towards other countries and partners. We want to contribute to the development of innovative projects that can strengthen recruitment to vocational subjects while also consolidating the cooperation between countries in Europe and heighten competence levels in these subjects.

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