Start date: Aug 1, 2014,
End date: Jul 31, 2016
Tredu United -project supports and extends Tampere Vocational College Tredu's equal opportunities to participate in international mobilities and thus enables induvidual study paths, development of curricula, teaching and organizational development. Project enables international cooperation possibilities equally and throughly in a very large organization. There are long-term good partnerships behind the project, but the resources for international mobilities have been varied in different study sectors, in adult/further education and in supportive and administrative services. Tampere Vocational College has a total of 20 VET-campuses in the Tampere Region and in the regional campuses there have been very limited possibilites for international mobilities and development work. The merging of Tredu in 2013 was followed by renewal and further emphasis on international activities (also through the new Tampere strategy 2013 goals). International aspects are integrated to all study sectors and the results are realized through competitive and skilled workers in the local economy.
The aim of the project is to realize student mobilities (total of 74, lasting 4-8 weeks) especially on Tredu campuses and VET areas with limited previous resources for this. Project also enables teacher and staff mobilities (total of 25, lasting 3-4 days). Through these mobilities it is possible to develop work profiles and methods in administration and services and in the VET areas with less international experience. As background support there are good international partnerships with previous development projects (e.g. good mobility practices, quality management, curricula development work and ECVET pilot projects) with practical results and work methods.
The project is coordinated by appointed project manager with adequate resources. He/she works in intense cooperation with Tredu's international office, VET-sectors and appointed international teachers. There are clear project management instructions and rules from the city of Tampere regulations and in EU administration to be followed. Tredu also has own project support services available. Intranet works as practical help for project information and dissemination channel as well as Tredu's director meetings, regular international staff and teacher meetings and meetings on different VET sectors. The management of Tredu support the project and its goals.
The impact of the project will be seen in international cooperation that enables students' international individual study paths in different study sectors and develops organization through new aspects of staff members' work. In the background there are the city strategy of Tampere and Tampere upper secondary education's work plan for the years 2014-2017. The results of well-working mobility practices will be seen on the organizational level to promote internationally-minded Tredu and also in the regional campuses with the support for international activities and mobilities. The results on good mobility practices are also spread through the city of Tampere's other sectors like youth work, youth guarantee activities (to prevent youth unemplyment and lack of training) and general education.
Tampere region is a very attractive international business, industrial and educational development centre in Finland. The region is also sectorally powerful on the European level and in the global economy. International cooperation and promotion of international learning possibilities influence directly to the local economy and development. Knowledge, skills and competence gained from the internationalization of vocational studies are directly used on the work of professionals in different sectors. The role of Tampere Vocational College Tredu is to further support and enable international competence of students and staff as well as the resources needed. This promotes economical development at national and international level also in the long run.
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