Projects of the EU in Electromechanical school Varaždin

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Six projects are currently being conducted at Electromechanical School Varaždin. The school has so far implemented 36 successful European Union projects! We are presenting you the latest!

 

 

NETHERLANDS, GOUDA: STRENGTH BASED COACHING

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The aim of the seminar was to develop the competences of communication skills, individual and group work. The group that was worked with was composed of ten people from Italy, Finland, Hungary, Ireland and Croatia. They were people who do various work, from awareness-raising organizations, social work professionals, business associates, and professors of various subjects.

At the very beginning, the group met with the lecturer, Mr. Yvor Broer.

They have been exploring the strong side of each individual, their experiences examples of success and solving the problems of the past in order to develop and improve communication skills. The participants were taught the skills to start conversations, ask open questions, repeat and summarize that. They sought areas of action, feelings and thoughts.

Participants in the workshops, each member having a certain role, trained the ways to make conversations to achieve success by solving specific problem situations and studying the exceptions that lead to success.

Since conversation skills are extremely important to achieving success, the seminar was very useful.


 

VARAŽDIN-PORTUGAL: GET PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

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From February 15. to March 2., 2017., the Electromechanical School from Varaždin hosted students from Portugal. Portuguese students came to Teaching and Practice within the Erasmus + project called Get professional skills. There were 12 students from Escola Professional CIOR Vocational College from the town of Vila Nova de Famalicao, aged 15 and 16 accompanied by one teacher. At the center of their profession was the area of mechatronics and electrical engineering. That is why selected subjects and workshops were attended by Portuguese students together with students from the Electromechanical School in order to acquire new knowledge and experience. They have been taught in English in general and vocational subjects: English, Physics, Chemistry, Small WebSite Design, Workshops, Process Automation Automation, Computer Process Control, Numerically Controlled Machines, PLC Exercises and Renewable Energy Sources, The classes were organized and conducted by professors of professional subjects; Mario Abraham, Dragutin Hrastić, Krunoslav Grudiček, Zeljko Kezele, Zoran Busija, Ivana Kuča, Denis Barčot. The students from Portugal also worked with the school psychologist Ratko Kovačić and the school pedagogue Boris Rutić.

During leisure time students from Portugal visited Varaždin, Trakošćan and Zagreb. They visited Ducati Components in Ludbreg as an example of a successful company employing professionals in their profession. Together with the pupils of the Electromechanical School they also joined the classes of physical education by playing their favorite sports - football. Towards the end of the reunion with the students from Portugal, the students of the First School Television recorded a show in the school study so that the guests, with their new knowledge, could bring photographs and recordings of their stay in Varaždin.


 

STOCKTON ON TEES, GREAT BRITAIN: STARTUP ECO TRAINING FIRMS

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Teachers of Electromechanical School Varaždin participated in the second meeting as part of the international Erasmus + project. The meeting was held on 13.-17. March 2017. in Stockton on Tees in North Yorkshire, UK, and attended by teachers from six different countries. The host of the meeting was the Stockton Sixth Form College where participants at the meeting prepared workshops on ecological entrepreneurship and running training firms. Our school presented the ideas that our students designed for traineeship companies and are related to the use of renewable energy sources in everyday life. Apart from the workshops, participants attended nearby cities in Darlington, Stockton, Richmond, Yarm, Durham and Middlesbrough and met their rich history and scenic beauty. The next meeting will take place from 1. May to 5. May 2017 at the Electromechanical School in Varaždin. Teachers and students from the UK, Romania, Italy, Greece and Turkey will participate with our students and teachers. The topics of the workshops we will prepare for them will be a business plan and work in trainee companies whose main goal is to preserve the environment and sustainability.


 

PIREJ, GREECE: ECVET FOR WORK-BASED LEARNING, IDEC S.A.

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In the period from 6. to 10. March 2017. seminars and workshops organized by IDEC S.A. from Piraeus in Greece. The seminar was attended by Krunoslav Grudiček and Dubravko Tomasović from Electromechanical School (Varaždin, Croatia, http://www.ess.hr), Minerva Garcias and Natassa Kazatzidou as seminar leaders from IDEC (Piraeus, Greece, http: // www. IdeaGr), Teresa Santos, Andre Fonseca and Ines Silva from the partner school FORAVE (Lousad, Portugal, http://www.forave.pt), Isabel Arechaga and Jose Antonio Soto from Fondo Formacion Euskadi (Basque-Spain, http: //www.ffeuskadi.net) and Konstantinos Kiousis from the IEK DELTA school (Athens, Greece, http://www.delta-iek.gr).

After the introductory part of the partner organization they presented their institutions, experiences in EU projects and their expectations of the project. Each organization also presented qualifications (vocational education for pupils) for which this project envisages the transnational implementation of practical teaching in line with EU mobility goals.

The seminar leader presented the objectives of the workshops: getting acquainted with the ECVET system, harmonizing the learning outcomes for the aforementioned qualifications and getting acquainted with the way of drafting the required documents and contracts ("Memorandum of Understanding" and "Learning Agreement"). Examples of good practice are similar in previous EU projects.

Partners from Croatia and Portugal described the learning outcomes in the terms of knowledge, skills and competencies, the development of a module of the teaching unit, the methods of performance, detailed criteria and methods, and the similarities of the practical units of the mobility education were identified and enabled the completion of the O1 document. As a common teaching unit, PLCs (programmable logic controllers) are available which are available to students from Croatia and Portugal, so mobility of the practical part of the education is possible. The seminar leader supervised the description of the learning outcomes, knowledge, skills and competences to comply with ECVET rules and practice. Partners from Portugal and Croatia have decided on a 60-hour practical tuition to be held in companies with whom there is already a co-operation for practical training of students under the guidance of a tutor and a teacher's tutorial in the school lab.

The results were stored on a shared virtual storage space, and then the participants, divided into groups, started drafting the Teacher's Guidebook, the Employer's Manual, and the Student Manual. The seminar leader acquainted the participants with the examples and requirements that are being put in preparation of such manuals. Participants from Portugal and Croatia drafted the Teachers Manual, the Employers Manual, and the Student Manual was drawn up by participants from Spain and Greece. The results are also saved on a shared virtual storage space.

The seminar leader has also demonstrated ways of recognizing education in accordance with ECVET methodology and practical experiences from student and student exchange piloting.

Particularly worthy to note are the two essential documents that are also the Annexes of the Manual, namely the Memorandum of Understanding and the Learning Agreement.

The hosts organized an afternoon tour of the Acropolis for the participants of the seminar and two joint dinners.


 

KÖLN, GERMANY: HOW TO USE THE WORK-BASED LEARNING TOOLKIT

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From March 27.-28., 2017., at the Vocational Training Seminar

An expert associate of Electromechanical School Ratko Kovačić participated in the work-based learning toolkit in Cologne.

In an international two-day seminar organized and supported by the German Agency for EU Programs and our Mobility Agency and EU Programs, 28 participants from many countries met with the internet platform www.wbl.toolkit.eu and learned how to use this tool. With solving tasks and working in groups, participants have mastered the skills of using this tool. The platform itself is a set of useful tools that can be used to search for various completed EU vocational education projects that are related to work-based learning (professional practice). All projects refer to practical learning in realistic working conditions.

It is a great advantage and benefit for the Electromechanical School to establish new contacts and exchange experiences with the experts involved. The seminar was attended by schoolchildren who are comparable to ESA and are planning to continue their cooperation with them by exchanging students and KA2 projects (Hungary, Poland, Estonia). On the business social network a closed group of seminar participants was formed to continue the joint activities.

This platform will help to implement the current EU project in the field of vocational education - ECWORK and for the future planning of the international student practice.

Seminars of this kind make it possible to establish new contacts, acquire new knowledge and are very useful for the school.

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