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Teachers’ involvement from day one is a factor of success

 

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Guided tour at Radius College, The Netherlands, 2011

 

A bottom-up approach
During the first project meeting, held two weeks into the project, the project partners had a guided tour at Radius College and that served as a natural kick-off for the VET teachers and the partners from the industry to start discussing vocational education and training in general.

One of the biggest obstacles for European collaboration in VET is that the national learning pathways are so different, both to design and content. So, one of the lessons learned in EURIAC is that it is wise to involve VET teachers in the work process as soon as possible and let them discuss and compare equipment, course contents, pedagogy, course materials, and industry requirements. That way, they are able to create a common ground which makes it easier for them to understand each other’s needs and possibilities when creating learning outcomes, deciding on assessment procedures, and organising mobility.

 

"For me it was great to communicate to teachers from other countries about their techniques, says Ad Stam, VET teacher at Radius College. I found out that there are differences in our countries, but a lot of the main technical principals are the same."

 

Meetings are powerful
Enabling these early, natural discussions among the project partners has facilitated the work of designing the units of learning outcomes in automation on which the mobility scheme of EURIAC rests.  

The progress of the project also depends on other project partners’ knowledge and experience. The contribution of the German partner Christiane Eberhardt, who works for the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, has been vital. Eberhardt is an expert on ECVET and has to a high degree helped the partners’ understand and apply the ECVET concept and tools.

This straightforward way of working continued at the second meeting in Finland and when time was scheduled for the project group to actually sit down and start working on the training units, the teachers had more answers than questions.

Four technical Training Units
The EURIAC project will produce four technical training units in accordance with the ECVET specifications. During the autumn 2012 and spring 2013 our teachers and students will test these units at the partner schools in Spain, the Netherlands, Finland, and Sweden.

 

For more information about the work process please contact:

Pernilla Öhberg, Project Manager
Telephone: +46-300-833554
E-mail: pernilla.ohberg@kungsbacka.se