Summary of the project
IMPROVE:Innovative Methodologies and PRactices on VET project aims to satisfy the need for innovation in VET systems, thanks to alternative and successful methodologies/approaches to the learning environment, in order to create successful experience in job-oriented learning. This will contribute to reduce the lack of an effective system to transfer knowledge and provide learners of skills necessary for self- employment or employment.Recent studies by CEDEFOP indicate the need to innovate vocational training, so that it can generate new skills for new jobs that are emerging, but also for traditional jobs, for which new skills are required, in relation to technological innovation, demographics changes, environmental protection and energy saving. The methodologies and the approaches to analyze, deepen and test, will be: Entrepreneurship education, Work-Based Learning, Creative Problem Solving Methodology, web 2.0 tools for VET, Gamification of learning, Simulations and Digital storytelling, Open Educational Resources, ECVET implementation. The partners propose is to create innovative tools and guidelines, which can be introduced in their countries, used by the personnel who work in various ways in the professional training (teachers, schools organizations), widespread among the learners to support their employ ability and self-employment, shared by organizations in Europe, as the subject of further projects and initiatives to improve VET systems.
MAIN OBJECTIVE of the project is developing institutional partnerships supporting the set up and implementation of an internationalization strategy of VET learners and apprentices. All partners in their respective activities, thanks to the European projects in which they are involved, meet the needs of many young people and adults to acquire / improve skills and competences to strengthen their position in the labor market / their career. At the same time they meet the need for professionals and workers to be able to assert their skills and abilities in an international context in order to fully implement the Single European market. Hence the motivation of the partners to become involved in projects that can favor the international dimension of vocational training, the innovation of VET systems.
“Teaching Entrepreneurship” Handbook. Stronger entrepreneurship education is needed to equip unemployed with the skills to create commercial opportunities for themselves – and to contribute to the growth of larger, more sustainable businesses.
“Worked based learning” Handbook. Focusing work-based learning (WBL) to be introduced in high quality vocational education and training (VET) systems, in which the active participation of employers and a strong element of work-based learning facilitate young people’s transition to work by providing the knowledge, skills and competences which they need for a successful first step into the labour market.
“Creative Problem Solving” Handbook. The idea on the basis of this Intellectual Output is to apply the CPS methodology to innovate
VET with an approach that is exploitable in large and different contexts.
“Tools for VET in WEB 2.0” Handbook. The Web 2.0 tools for VET is based on the needs to enable teachers and trainers to use those tools to empower learner-centered and self-paced teaching. It will provide practical support to implement in VET different functionalities designed to support the learners in the overall management of their learning activities that can range from face-to-face to fully online.
“Teaching through gamification, simulations and digital storytelling” Handbook. Gamification is the use of gaming principles in the field of education in order to get students involved, engaged, and excited about learning. By introducing a system of rewards without harsh penalties, students are not afraid to step outside of their comfort zone and fail- subconsciously encouraging them to learn.
Digital Storytelling is the art of combining storytelling with a mixture of digital graphics, text, recorder audio narration, video and music to communicate information about a specific theme or topic. Simulation immerse the learners in a realistic conversation and environment – it could be done also with ICT support. The idea on the basis of this Intellectual Output is to apply those methodologies to increase the retention and detect the attention of learner – an approach that is exploitable in large and different contexts.
“Open Educational Resource for VET teachers and trainers” Handbook. OER, a part of the global open content movement, are shared teaching, learning, and research resources available under legally recognized open licenses—free for people to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute.
“Implementing ECVET documents” Hanbook. The guide is going to focus on the analysis and research of the ongoing process and it is going to be built upon a strong didactical methodology in order to be ready to transfer the knowledge to any kind of users (formal and not-formal educators, schools, HEI, VET providers and anyone interested to introduce and support ECVET system).
Find An Internship– applicant organization, London, UK
Established in 2015, Find An Internship (FAI) is an international agency, which specializes in finding internship placements in the United Kingdom. Our core purpose is to equip young people with essential skills, which will increase their employability, enhance their self-confidence and impact positively their societies. Our main values include; diversity between people, building positive professional and social relationships as well as high standards of personal and working ethics. We have an extensive experience
hosting foreign students from different European countries, providing training and cooperation opportunities, to develop their professionalism and the European dimension of youth work.
Informamentis Europa – partner, Caserta, Italy
The Informamentis Europa Association is a non-profit organization made up of community operators with many years of experience in managing European projects. It operates with the aim of promoting social, cultural and educational development, promoting studies, research, cultural and interdisciplinary exchanges, through projects applied in the context of European community programs, particularly in the sectors of education, culture and youth. Informamentis Europa supports schools, associations, businesses, local authorities, private entities in monitoring and identifying opportunities for financing, in the search and creation of partnerships, in planning and in accompanying the presentation of projects related to both direct funding and structural funds. Indeed, European financial programs and instruments represent a real opportunity to promote growth, training, non-formal education, research and development, exchange of good practices and integration between clusters of different cultures.
Ke.Di.Vi.M2 KAINOTOMIA – partner, Larisa, Greece
“KAINOTOMIA” is a Center for Lifelong Learning (I.C.L.L) in Greece, operating in the field of Vocational education and training. KAINOTOMIA has implemented more than 60 continuous vocational training programs targeted at unemployed people, educators of all education levels, students of higher education, employed/self-employed persons and vulnerable social groups, for the development of professional opportunities and their promotion and integration into the labour market and the society in general, through innovative close to market programs.
Euro-Idea-partner, Krakow, Poland
Euro-Idea Social and Cultural Foundation is a private, non-governmental non-profit organization based in Krakow. The goal of the Foundation is out-of-school educational activity among adults and youth for their civilization promotion and broadly understood European integration. Through its activities, the foundation seeks to shape an active citizenship and build international cooperation in a united Europe. The Foundation cooperates with other institutions, organizations and people to achieve common statutory goals.
Youth Europe Service (YES), partner, Potenza, Italy
Europe Service was born in January 1999. Y.E.S. is a no profit association that wants to realize, in the social and environmental field:
• Integration of people with disabilities or disadvantaged
• Mutual knowledge between people, to develop solidarity and assert the principle of civil living together
• Knowledge and protection of the historical, cultural, artistic patrimony
• Development of the social, cultural and sports activities to create a European nationality
• Promotion of annual events among its members, activities such as giving information, realization of exchanges and voluntary
services, organization of cultural events
• Development of new entrepreneurs &job opportunities
• Activities and initiatives in tourism development and promotion.
University of Turku (UTU), Turun, Finland
University of Turku (UTU) is a multidisciplinary scientific university, where expertise of seven faculties ranges from humanities to mathematics and natural sciences, and business. University of Turku is recognized for the quality of teaching, research and excellent student support services. With its 21 000 students and 3 500 employees University of Turku is one of the major universities in Finland. University of Turku and the Brahea Centre bring to the consortium expertise and experience in working with digitalization of education and development of modern pedagogies. The university has references in working as a portal between the academia and the business sector as well as offering new research ideas, technology and knowledge transfer, education and training regionally, nationally and internationally.
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