Project Learning for better Establishment on Labor market Erasmus Project

General information for the Project Learning for better Establishment on Labor market Erasmus Project

Project Learning for better Establishment on Labor market Erasmus Project
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Project Title

Project Learning for better Establishment on Labor market

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 : Strategic Partnerships for Schools Only

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2017

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: Recognition, transparency, certification; New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses

Project Summary

Main goal of project named „Project Learning for better Establishment on Labor market“ was to provide opportunity for young graduates of secondary vocational schools to find (better) job on labor market, where present employers requires not only good knowledge and hard-skills but also well mastered soft-skills such as teamwork, sense of responsibility, following the deadlines, being flexible to changing conditions, working with ICT, communicating in foreign language or willingness for lifelong learning.

During 19 months of project duration, 60 students from 5 different schools under supervision of their tutors and project coordinators worked on 30 students’ projects developing their technical knowledge and skills, but also mentioned soft- skills. Two students from different countries worked on each project, in which it was necessary to learn how to plan, divide tasks, take responsibility for his/her own work, communicate mostly in English, but also understand different culture and habits in different countries. With partner schools we created Methodology for creation and management of students’ vocational international projects and Manual for evaluation of students’ vocational international projects. In this way we allowed to spread impact of project also to students, that were not involved in project. Created materials together with student project assignments and selected documentations can be used at schools by teachers, who will show interest to see the project outcomes.

Five secondary schools were involved in project Secondary school of electrical engineering, Košice (Slovakia), Secondary school of electrical engineering, Havířov (Czech republic), Secondary vocational and technical school, Murska Sobota (Slovenia), Joined Technical Schools, Mikołów (Poland) a Kandó Kálmán Vocational Training center and Information Technology Gymnasium, Miskolc (Hungary). From each school, 12 students were involved in project, that is together 60 students involved. Students were in age of 16-20 and they were in 2nd to 4th grade in mentioned schools, mostly studied in the area of electrotechnics, electronics, mechatronics, automation and ICT. In each school, teachers-tutors were chosen, who provide professional technical consultations for students and also project coordinators, who took part in preparing project outcomes.

First step of project was to speak to local employers to identify key hard-skills and soft-skills, that we wanted to develop in students’ projects. At first transnational meeting, students’ project assignments were prepared based on employers’ answers with respect to knowledge and abilities of students and also to material, technical and personal possibilities of individual schools. Created project assignments was offered to students, who applied for working in such technical project. After creation of student teams, each student was contacted to his/her teammate, then they communicate with each other and step-by-step creating product, that was the output of student project. During this working phase, students had two one-week meetings (one in first student country, the other in second student country), during which they can test, debug and complete their product. After working phase, project presentations followed, where commission of technical teachers verify the fulfilment of the assignment together with gained knowledge and skills of students. In final months of project, teachers completed the Methodology for creation and management of students’ vocational international projects and Manual for evaluation of students’ vocational international projects.

Outputs of project:
1. Methodology for creation and management of students’ vocational international projects (contacting of employers, tasks and expected outcomes specifications, tutoring of students). It is available in printed form on each involved school and in PDF version on project site.
2. Projects’ assignments (goal of project, tasks, expected knowledge and skills). Available on project site.
3. Manual for evaluation of students’ vocational international projects (criteria for evaluation of each part of project). Available on project site.
4. Selected student products, that was created during the project work. To these products, documentation and pictures are available in printed form and on project site.

Successful presentation of project output was considered as finishing vocational subject, which content was used during the project or as finishing of practical part of final exams.

Outputs of projects were published on websites of involved schools, on portal Erasmus+ project results and information about project were disseminated by printed media. We expect that by preparing methodology and evaluation manual, we make it easier for other schools to implement project-based learning and allow wide range of students to gain not only technical knowledge and skills, but also soft-skills.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 92961,96 Eur

Project Coordinator

Stredna priemyselna skola elektrotechnicka, Komenskeho 44, Kosice & Country: SK

Project Partners

  • Stredni prumyslova skola elektrotechnicka, Havirov, prispevkova organizace
  • Srednja poklicna in tehniska sola Murska Sobota
  • Miskolci Szakképzési Centrum Kandó Kálmán Szakgimnáziuma
  • Zespol Szkol Technicznych