School-company win-win cooperation to develop key ..
School-company win-win cooperation to develop key competencies and skills of young learners in the wine production sector across EU Regions of excellence
Start date: Sep 1, 2016,
End date: Aug 31, 2018
In line with the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy and ET2020, through "WIN-WINe", the consortium, led by the Agricultural VET Institute "Fortunato" of Pisticci (MT), aims to improve the quality of education and vocational training, giving a European dimension to the educational paths and thus providing the young participants the opportunity to test and improve their skills: professionalism in the specific areas of vocational education (viticulture and agricultural), cultural knowledge and language preparation. This general objective, in line with the ET2020 strategy is pursued through a mobility experience that consists of a learning mobility internship abroad of 1 month for 100 students/learners (including 10 disabled or with special needs students) and a 2 month internship for 80 recent graduates from the 11 participating VET schools. The training programme includes an internship in selected companies in the viticulture and wine production fields, to acquire knowledge and skills within the sectors and compare the various professional techniques, and activities aimed at the inclusion and integration in the context and for the improvement of language skills and to better know the culture of the hosting country. The main expected results from the project include: the rise of the personal and professional skills of the participants and the promotion of key competencies related to the real exercise of active citizenship; increasing the employment potential of the participants, the introduction of innovative training methods as a complement to existing practices and pathways and the improvement of the educational level of technical and vocational schools, the development of relations between the transnational partners and the promotion of processes of cooperation and exchange of good practices between the partners involved, with a significant impact in improving the educational and vocational guidance.The construction of a permanent network of transnational public-institutional organisations and not only, therefore, is one of the main objectives of the project and allows the exchange of experiences and best practices at various levels (technical excellence, best practices in educational policies and governance of the system). The Consortium, with this proposal, therefore, aims to give momentum to the internationalization of institutional relations and cooperation at European level. The opportunities for economic and social growth cannot be separated from the desire to create strong interdependence and synergy between educational and training institutions and strong partnerships with local and foreign business realities.The project is, besides, implemented in an European context considering the European priority and thematic approached such as "ECVET for transparency and recognition of learning outcomes and qualifications". The development of ECVET began in 2002 after the Copenhagen Process emphasizing the need for a credit transfer system for VET. "WIN-WINe" is a project based on the concrete responses to the questions of developing ECVET in the European member States and corresponding to the 2009 EU Recommendations on the establishment of the European Credit system for VET. The project works in particular to realise an European area for Lifelong Learning in the viticulture and wine production sector.The whole activities are implemented by regarding a strong European perspective which is reflected in all project activities and results. The project aims to increase the knowledge of ECVET and its technical specifications and ensuring that the added value of ECVET is understood and perceived all over Europe.To represent knowledge, skills and competencies acquired by the participants during the mobility, the Consortium, shall adopt, finally, the OPEN BADGE STANDARD (OBI-Open Badges Infrastructure), which is a technological open source standard, defined by the Mozilla Foundation, to identify, collect and enhance persons' knowledge, skills and competencies. The Open Badges are essential as the labor market and the training systems need more and more dynamic and innovative systems that recognize knowledge, skills, competencies and quality of human capital.
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