General informations

Project Title

Project Acronym

"Developing effective IAG tools to improve VET students retention and success"


Project Coordinator

Tartu Vocational Education Centre

50115 TARTU

Tartu Kutsehariduskeskus (Tartu Vocational Education Centre) has operated for 15 years and it has proved its necessity and the ability to develop in the Estonian vocational education system. The number of students has increased year by year and by today it is the biggest vocational training institution in Estonia. Tartu VEC has just under 3000 students in initial vocational training, plus circa 2000 adult learners at various courses annually. It means that more than 12% of Estonian VET students studying in Tartu VEC.

About the project:

Project Information Identifier: 2018-KA202-02/3
Start date: 01.09.2018.
End date: 30.04.2020.
EC Contribution: 147.697,00 Eur

West Nottinghamshire College


West Nottinghamshire College (United Kingdom) Group is one of the most successful colleges in the country and widely regarded as a leader in the skills sector. It has a well-earned reputation for excellence, particularly in workforce development and employer engagement. Each year, the college provides education and training to over 24,000 learners across all major industry sectors from pre-GCSE to University level and is also the largest provider of 16-18 apprenticeships.


Helsinki Business College


Helsinki Business College (Finland) (HBC) is the most versatile and the largest provider of secondary vocational education and training in Finland, in the fields of Business and Administration and Information and Communications Technology. HBC has about 2500 students, including young students and adults. Our staff consists of 130 experts, including teachers and administration. The college also offers programs in English for students with upper secondary certificate (QBA, QIT) and further qualifications for adults.


Elektrostrojarska škola Varaždin


Elektrostrojarska škola Varaždin (Croatia) is a public secondary school founded in 1958. The school has grown rapidly during the last twenty years and today, its the largest secondary school establishment in the Varaždin county, Croatia. The core activity of the school is provision of a 4-year and 3-year secondary vocational and education training (VET) programmes that enables secondary school students to obtain respective VET qualifications in the following fields:

  • Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, including Mechatronics;
  • Information Technology / Computing;
  • Graphics Technology and Audio-visual design

IIS Alessandro Volta


IIS Alessandro Volta (Italy) is a Technological High School located in Frosinone, an industrial and commercial town at the south of Rome. The Institute is the result of two educational institutions, the State Technical Institute (ITIS) "A. Volta" and the Technical Institute for social Activities (ITAS) with the two addresses Biological and International relations for Marketing. The merger of the two schools has allowed us to develop our educational aims in both sectors, administrative and educational and in the scientific and information technology by configuring the institute as a cutting-edge school.

The curriculum provides for a joint two-year and three years of specialization:

  • MATERIAL and CHEMICAL BIOTECHNOLOGY (with three joints: Chemistry and Materials, Environmental Biotechnology, Healthcare Biotechnology)
Transnational project meetings   

There will be organised 5 TPM meetings all together. It is agreed between partners that every participant school management team consists of at least 2 persons, from which one is consistent member of management team. The aim of those meetings are to ensure of smooth project management as well as facilitate exchange of best practices, quality of project outcomes and sustainability.

First meeting (Tartu, EE) will be dedicated to planning in detail project activities, cooperation and information exchange, financial details etc.

Next 3 meetings will be organised and hosted by partners with the aim to assess the progress and quality of activities, support of coordination of international trainings, producing and collecting training materials together with pilot activities documentation and case studies. These are crucial to produce intellectual output. According to activity plan they will take place in Croatia, Finland, Italy.

Last meeting (Mansfield, UK) will be combined with multiplier event and this supports dissemination of good practices as well as evaluates the project outcomes and results and plays significant role to project sustainability.

All project meetings have specific topics according to the project stage. In addition to this, project meetings provide face-to-face communication space, also way on how to prevent risks and misunderstandings and discuss about on ongoing matters.

Learning/Teaching/ Training Activities   

The direct aim of transnational training activities (LTT) is to improve knowledge of specialists and staff members in VET schools who are responsible for information, advice and guidance, communication, validation or retention activities; spread best practices and methods used in participant schools; to create a common hub helping to identify new innovative ways what can be overtook from other experiences and thus encourage participants to test and pilot new methods and lessons learned; to ease communication and further cooperation among participants.

Secondly, the used training materials, presentations and case studies will be a basis of the project intellectual output - IAG Toolkit.

Thirdly, the LTT training lay ground to achieve project objectives:

  1. participants from schools improved knowledge base of different IAG and admission aspects, they are able to improve own processes and services by active participating at LTT activities;
  2. participating schools has been detected during the project at least 1 IAG and admission aspect to improve using shared knowledge and best practices and has been piloting new innovative activity or approach as a result of LTT activities;
  3. participating schools have new methods and tools to improve efficiency of IAG and admission activities, these new methods and tools are put in use or included into activity- or development plans as a result of LTT activities and IO1.
Multiplier events   

E1: Sharing Best Practices and Tools – United Kingdom

E2: Sharing Best Practices and Tools – Estonia

E3: Sharing Best Practices and Tools – Finland

E4: Sharing Best Practices and Tools - Italy

Project summary

The aim of the project is to accumulate the best practices from the partner countries in order to develop information, advice and guidance (IAG) methods and tools to improve pre-admission and admission phase efficiency in VET institution. The target group consists of 5 partner VET institution specialists and managers - admission, information, advice and guidance specialists who are involved in admission and recruitment processes. The added value of transnational activity is based on partner organisations existing knowledge and best practices what can be exchanged, but also common ambitions to improve existing information, advice and guidance (IAG) systems.

There are two main objectives for the project: First, create functional and sustainable strategic partnership to improve existing information, advice and guidance (IAG) systems of partner VET institution. The strategic partnership is the working body, which is necessary to implement the project successfully and generate value for institutions, countries and Europe in general. Second, to develop information, advice and guidance (IAG) methods and tools to improve pre-admission and admission phase efficiency in VET institution. All partner institutions will improve their processes and activities on how to inform potential target groups, request, collect, analyze and use the collected information in an early stage of admission; to improve methods and enhance advice and guidance quality; to develop processes of validation and to ensure flexible solutions and study forms for various student groups.

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