We all want to learn
Start date: Dec 15, 2014,
End date: Jun 14, 2016
The aim of APEPO – Associação Para o Ensino Profissional do Oeste (Association for Vocational Education in the West Region) is to develop cultural, scientific, technological and pedagogical activities in the field of vocational education and training. It educates level 4 technicians with double certification.
The Project “We all want to learn” will take place between December 2014 and December 2016, fitting into the school’s Educational Project by integrating the institution, its trainees and employees in Europe and therefore meeting the requirements of the European job market, as it will make socioprofessional integration easier in the future.
The main objective is to increase the human capital of our trainees and staff through the contact with European social and professional realities, which are different from their native country’s and thereby promoting a globalizing mind frame and of mobility as well as enhancing the external dimension, so as to think as global citizens of Europe which is becoming more united. Our intent is to increase self-esteem and the desire for life learning, so as to become critical thinking and reflective citizens with a spirit of entrepreneurship, as well as the participants who are beginners of vocational training to acquire the desire to learn and at the same time reduce the number of dropouts.
The group of participants will be composed of 30 trainees, 10 who have completed their studies and 19 staff members of different professional areas working at the school. These will be distributed by 3 activities: the 1st integrates the 40 trainees and will last 4 weeks, being divided in 2 flows (Spain/IItaly), the 2nd integrates 4 trainers that will accompany trainees on activity 1 (in two flows) lasting 7 days and the 3rd the group of 15 staff elements that will receive training for 7 days also. The participants will be students from the vocational courses of: Photography; Management; Healthcare; Renewable Energy; Hygiene and Safety at the Workplace; Communication / Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising; Tourism; Sociocultural Animator; and Thermalism. 52% of the students in these courses are facing socioeconomical struggles and these are considered a priority, as they deserve an equal opportunity to get to know other professional and cultural realities when compared to their peers.
The project includes activities before the mobility, which include the pedagogical and cultural preparation, which will be done by the sending entity of language preparation and with specialised trainers.
The mobility will include: cultural visits in the hosting cities of the mobility and in the closest surrounding locations, so as to be in contact with the monuments and places of cultural and historical relevance (for both staff and students); technical visits pertaining to the different fields of training (for both staff and students); traineeship (for students) which will occur in the companies of the different fields; workshops (for staff) which will occur in school or professional institutions.
During the project there will be close contact between the partners by telephone and email so as to be able to work together to manage and execute the programme, always with the participants real needs in mind. There will be continuous concern to evaluate the development of the project, so as to make changes or adjustments if necessary.
With this mobility, we hope that the 59 participants will gain and deepen skills and knowledge which will be useful in future professional ventures and that it will improve and update the educational system as well as the students’ perspectives about continuing their education and training. This project will enable the trainees to improve their efforts. At the end of this project, all participants should feel a part of Europe, a more united Europe with the possibility of the mobility of citizens, whether for studying or working purposes, and be able to transmit this idea to the school’s community.
Thereby the project has triple relevance. At a local level this project represents the value that APEPO attributes to internationalization and to its importance in positioning the trainees in the job market and the valorisation of its staff. This project will also have consequences at a national and European level, recognising that the participating organization is a privileged educational place, which values the training it offers and its staff’ skills. This experience will give the participating organizations the opportunity to strengthen partnerships, by carrying out collaborative work, monetize synergies and therefore enhancing its intervention with the different audience and strengthening the operationalization of the strategy of internationalization.
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