Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2017
BIC Ljubljana is applying a two-year mobility of students and teachers project Future opportunities which is also the motto of our institution. With the project we would like to emphasize 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 are planning mobility in the professional fields for all these programs. Together we plan 11 mobility at 8 different partners from the following countries: Great Britain, Cyprus, Lithuania,the Republic of Ireland, Spain, Finland, Italy, Portugal, France. The project objective is to achieve the overall and specific goals relating to particular profession of participants. Exchange students will gain and enrich 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; learn about cultural heritage in a foreign country; learn a foreign language. In the individual discipline (special goals) we would like 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 will work 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 will carry out mobility in a school laboratory in Finland where they will obtain analytical competence. In addition, nature protection technicians will also carry out field work in a tree nursery and afforestation.
Students in the field of food processing will carry out mobility in a professional laboratory for olive oil analysis.
Bakers and confectioners will work in the bakery and confectionery school workshops and in manufacturing plants. They will participate in the preparation of desserts and bakery products. They will learn how to communicate with customers and suppliers.
In order to implement the project, we have established a project team with the main coordinator who will coordinate all activities; further, we have determined coordinators for individual mobility who will be responsible for their smooth implementation.
In order to select participants the institution will publish an invitation to tender opened to all interested students of the school. Students who will apply to the invitation to tender shall be selected on the basis of predetermined conditions.
Preparations which will facilitate professional, social, cultural and linguistic integration into the foreign environment will be organized for the selected students. All project activities will be planned in collaboration with our partners. Together we will prepare and coordinate all activities involving technical and generic skills. Most of the activities are planned by both sides; therefore BIC Ljubljana will also accept students and teachers from partner schools and organizations.
The project team monitors the implementation of the project and regularly meets 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 coordinate the activity and provide high levels of expertise and skills and ensure that the project is indeed carried out in accordance with pre-agreed schedule. This also largely contributes to the quality of the project. In addition, after the completion of the project we shall obtain participants' opinions, analyze the results and prepare suggestions for improvement of the future projects.
It is expected that the project will bring positive results both to the participants as well as to the institution. Individuals will improve their professional and generic results while the institution will obtain some new European experiences, motivation of employees and students for work, new knowledge and skills which will be included in the learning process.
Long-term effects of the project are 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 will be more competitive in the labor market. The participants will forward the acquired knowledge and skills to all the employees and students. Already during the mobility the participants will share their experiences through social networks, blogs and websites. Mobility projects are presented in all school publications, websites and social networks. Their experiences will also be presented within the study groups organized by the Centre for Vocational Education.
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