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Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Tredu@Work is Tampere Vocational College Tredu's mobility project that enables student exchanges from various VET fields and also emphasizes the individual solutions concerning the needs of adult and special needs students. Project gives different mobility possibilities - True International Tredu- for all Tredu's VET fields and actors and thus enables development of the long-term partnerships with international partners. Project also supports the strategies and goals of the learning organization, including staff development and training activities and worklife partners' participation on mobility actions from Tampere region and abroad.This project is helping the process of Tredu's development work and gives direct impact e.g. on optimal use and planning of the renewed VET-learning premises. There is ongoing large scale renovation and rebuilding process of Tredu's campuses. Many of them have been transferred to locate next to/in the same building with local companies. Tampere Region and Tredu has also pioneered in Finland with practical and functional cooperation with different education levels (e.g. upper secondary school and universities). Quality management and ECVET -elated processes with also international mobility partners are developed in a large network locally, nationally and internationally. Tampere Region is a dynamic growth area in Finland and this project support the local employers' needs, strategies and vision of the city of Tampere (education provider of Tredu) and also European growth strategies in the global ecomony.During the project, lasting two years, altogether 76 student mobilities (lasting from 2 weeks to 4 months) and 59 staff mobilities will be carried out. The duration of student mobilities varies from 2 weeks to 4 months. For 10 special needs students there will be 5 accompanying persons following and supporting them on their exchange periods. 37 staff exchanges last one week and 22 of them are two-week working life periods. Besides these, working life partners will be involved; Three Finnish company members will be taking part in mobilities and four foreign company partners will be invited to Tredu and local companies to bring a fresh update of the working life trends around Europe.Tredu has been realizing international exchanges for years and developed international support services and processes through many organisational changes. Organisationally Tampere Vocational College Tredu is a part of the City of Tampere and there are a total of 21 different campuses in the Tampere region. The background idea of Tredu@Work project is to increase international interaction and connections of Tredu's students and staff members. Multicultural skills are also needed in the local working life. A special theme in this application is improvement of digital knowledge and skills of social media for staff members and students. This is very much needed in Tredu's organisation as campuses are located far from each other and natural connections are not always obvious. Project participants are "Tredu-messengers" who spread information also internally and actively influence multi-sectoral co-operation.
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