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South Ostrobothnia Works
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

South Ostrobothnia is a region in progress what comes to internationalisation. Promotig entrepreneurship and new partnerships between educational institutions ane industry are keys to success. This project is to support this process by offereing international learning environments for students and teachers from six South-Ostrobothnian VET providers to develop their knowledge, skills and competences to better meet the needs of industry. Some of the network VET-providers are nearly newcomers in international mobility, some are experienced . In this network knowledge and partnerships are shared for the good of the whole region. The coordinator organisation Seinäjoki Joint Municipal Authority for Education (Sedu) has succesfully carried out several mobility projects and has developed ECVET tools and processes for years. Each partner school has their strenghts to bring in to the network. Partner schools are Suupohja Vocational Institute, Järviseutu Vocational Institute, Finnish Institute for Enterprise Management, South Ostrobothnia Folk High School and Lapua Christian Institute. The project is based on the earlier work carried out in Sedu´s Leonardo da VInci IVT projects (Sedutop, Sedutop II, Sedutop III), ongoing Erasmus KA1 project ( Seduworks) and a LdV transfer of Innovation project: Developing ECVET in Practice. SOWorks project is there to look for regional impact for the outcomes of them and to develop the outcomes further in this network by new VET providers and by new fields of studies. The project meets its goals, if each network school offers ECVET mobilities in 2017 and has developed processes of learning outcomes based education further. There will be an opportunity for 140 students from the network of South Ostrobothian vocational education and training providers for on-the-job learning abroad and for 44 staff members an opportunity to develop their skills in working life oriented and learning outcome based education through SOWorks project in 2015 - 2017. The mobility periods will be carried out in the following partner countries: Austria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Czech Republic, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and UK. For students the periods will last from 4 weeks to 8 weeks with the exception of the students studying in Preparatory Vocational -programme who will have a two-week mobility. The sfaff exchanges last from 3 days up to 2 weeks. Students in all study fields offered by the South Ostrobothinian network of VET provicers are eligible for the learning period abroad. The staff members participating in the exchanges have been mapped out during January-February 2015 by a survey in each participating school. Personal development discussions have supported the process. The students applying for the period abroad might have special needs. This is taken into consideration when preparing for the placement abroad as well as regarding the tutoring and guidance during the placement. The students of preparatory vocational programme will be accompanied by a teacher for the whole period. The mobility periods of the students have been agreed in general level together with international partners and in most cases the cooperation with different qualifications has been formalized in the form of Memorandum or Understanding. The Learning Agreement (LA) sets out the conditions for the mobility period of an individual learner. In staff mobilities the goals of the visit have been discussed during the survey in January-February 2015 and they were communicated to receiving partners. The mobility periods of the staff are tailor made to the needs of the qualification or the developing aspect of the education provision specially named. The topics of the staff exchanges vary, being for example developing the working life connection of the education (work placement in a company), strengthening the validation and recognition of learning and learning outcomes based approach, administrational development (quality assurance), job-shadowing of teaching methods, entrepreneurship or international work in general. As a result of the project we are aiming at the education witch better meets the needs of the individual and working life through strengthening learning outcome approach to education. The idea is also to support the life long learning skills of each participant by offering them a possibility to learn in another cultural setting.

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