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VITAL2 - vocational training for agricultural learners and staff2
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

CONTEXT OF PROJECT Education and vocational training are affected by a process of great transformation, necessary to accompany the great change that the crisis requires. In most European countries, the technical-vocational education occupies a central role in the education system and the related curricula studiorum provide interactive teaching methods and learning processes on the job. The labor market becomes increasingly international, Europe needs education and training that fully respond to requests from the production world, for this reason, European policies on lifelong learning consider the international mobility as an integral part of vocational education and training programs. Moreover, the pressure of the economic crisis, has produced negative effects in terms of employment, making it even more urgent acceleration of the integration process of cultural systems and putting a strong need to revitalize technical and vocational training in order to contextualize the knowledge in the local production environments. OBJECTIVES. The school is actively involved in the initiatives of the agri-food sector by promoting a number of impulses for the involvement of the production system in the local training device, promotes mobility as exchange of best practices and knowledge of languages and foreign cultures. With this project the school proposes a target focused on improving rural tourism, environmental sustainability and traceability of products. The aim of “VITAL 2” is to improve the quality of education and vocational training, giving a European dimension to the educational paths and thus provide, to the young participants the opportunity to test and improve their skills: professionalism in their specific areas, cultural knowledge and linguistic training. PROFILE AND NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS. This overall goal is pursued through a mobility experience that consists of a three weeks’ placement abroad for 70 students and 7 teachers of the Agriculture schools. The participants’ background is related to their profiles of technical and vocational education in agriculture: Technical Agriculture, Agribusiness and Agro-industry; Technical Biotechnology; Professional Services for Agriculture and Rural Development. DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES: ACTIVITIES: - Target Group Selection - Professional preparatory training - Professional training implemented in the hosting country - Job experience in the agriculture sector companies of the destination countries - Experience reporting - Communication activities TARGET GROUP: - 70 students between 17 and 20 years old - 7 teachers MOBILITY EXPERIENCE DURATION: - the mobility experience for every candidate will last for 3 weeks - mobility for teaching staff will last 1 week DESTINATION COUNTRIES ARE: - UK - Spain - Portugal - Malta - France METHODOLOGY USED IN CARRYING OUT THE PROJECT The work program includes a trial internship in selected companies, linked to the acquisition of skills in the management and promotion of rural tourism, environmental sustainability and traceability of products, in a rich experience of relational experiments within transnational mobility, linked also to the sphere of scientific communication of the product. RESULTS AND IMPACTS ENVISAGED. Increase of participants’ potential employment; raising of the personal and professional skills; promotion of the key skills connected with the exercise of real active citizenship; inserting innovative training methods and improvement of the educational offer of Agriculture schools; Promotion of collaboration processes and exchange of best practices among the parties involved, with a considerable impact in educational and professional guidance; Relation development among the transnational partners. POTENTIAL LONGER TERM BENEFITS Policies orientation of the public partners involved on the basis of the results of the project; use of the procedures such as standard model. ADDITIONAL FEATURES “VITAL 2” project has also been developed to provide concrete answers to the development of ECVET, in line with recommendations of the European Union on the establishment of the European credit system for education and vocational training. The initiative takes part in the realization of a European area for lifelong learning within technical professional sector aspiring to be made in the strongly European way shown in all its actions.
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