A digital mapping of traditional jobs in Europe Erasmus Project

General information for the A digital mapping of traditional jobs in Europe Erasmus Project

A digital mapping of traditional jobs in Europe  Erasmus Project
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Project Title

A digital mapping of traditional jobs in Europe

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : School Exchange Partnerships

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2018

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: Cultural heritage/European Year of Cultural Heritage; Labour market issues incl. career guidance / youth unemployment; ICT – new technologies – digital competences

Project Summary

“We think, that in Germany, 1.6 million employment vacancies can’t be filled“, according to Achim Dercks, deputy CEO of Germany’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce talking about the fatal consequences that the lack of specialists has got for German enterprises. Not only Germans but a lot of other European countries worry about this outlook.
The current tense situation of the labour market in industrial nations like Germany has got severe economic and sociopolitical effects, e. g. a lack of specialists in handicraft, industrial and social enterprises. Therefore other European countries with less economic strength suffer from an increasing amount of young people leaving their home towns because they can’t recognise a perspective for them.
Under these circumstances – regarding our students’ professional future – we decided on counteracting this lack of specialists by working on a long-term project together with our partner schools. It is important to make our students aware of the variety that the European job market offers. We want to prevent traditional jobs from being forgotten or extinct and furthermore we want to think about their future in Europe based on innovative technical achievements.
The project “A Digital Mapping of traditional jobs in Europe“ aims to create a digital documentation of traditional crafts in Europe. Our students will explore typical crafts – with their special techniques – of each of our partner countries, not only regarding their history and actual relevance on the job market. Students should make up their minds on these jobs’ future perspectives in a digital world, too. Our students shall consider crafts within the framework of career orientation that is established at our school. In addition to academic jobs, they shall discover their value in a dual training with its practical focus, good employment chances and a safe income. This project may motivate students with more practical skills and those who don’t want to study at a university without having the impression that they are “of little value” (cf. guidelines of Europe 2020).
There are lots of different traditional jobs in each of our partner countries which we tend to collect information on and map by GEOCACHING during our project. For the meetings with our partner schools, every partner will create a sort of “job trail” where the students leave a box at some places which are important for these jobs (e. g. production sites, workshops, job museums). The boxes will contain a multilingual logbook in which the students leave some important information for their partner students. The foreign students shall subsequently go on a “treasure hunt” learning about the traditional jobs of the respective country.
By this means you get all the relevant information about the jobs to explore and the related production techniques, so that the students gather country-specific, historic, geographic, social, causal and traditional facts about the crafts particularly against the background of their location factors.
Using geocaches, the results will be accessible for a worldwide community.
Furthermore the students acquire important digital key skills like creating a website, working with a 3D printer and tools for image/film processing and sound editing, graphic, documentation and presentation of project work results, evaluation of surveys and data. We train our students’ multilingual and intercultural competences by organising periodic skype conferences, using twin space and of course during the exchanges with our partner schools.
The students will work practically in workshops at the university, in enterprises and at small manufacturers’.
Various products will be created during the project: an Erasmus Plus website (with Logo), an european Geocaching-walk informing about traditional crafts, a selfmade recipe Book or an Erasmus Plus bag.
As a long term aim, we want to elaborate a concept for modules in the light of job orientation (CLIL MODULE) which can be used in the lessons of our partner schools. These materials will be uploaded on the project’s platform. In addition to that, we want to develop an online internship exchange, so that our students can find and experience a job in one of our partner’s countries. We would like to broaden our competences by acquiring more partners via eTwinning. Therefore we’d like to use our evaluated experiences and surveys that we have collected throughout the project with different tools.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 114925,59 Eur

Project Coordinator

Gymnasium Würselen & Country: DE

Project Partners

  • Lycée Marguerite de Navarre
  • Jensen Gymnasium Göteborg
  • Gimnazija Metkovic