EuroFP Balears IV is a consortium project coordinated by the Regional Ministry of Education of the Balearic Islands. The consortium comprises 40 VET schools of the Balearics: 49% of the schools that offer Basic VET Programmes, and 57% of the schools that offer Intermediate VET Programmes. 50% of the VET students of the Islands are enrolled in the schools of the consortium. These schools offer 80% of the Basic VET Programmes and 72% of the Intermediate VET Programmes offered in the Islands.
The project arises from the need of continuing the KA102 projects EuroFP Balears I, II and III. All projects aim at helping small VET schools or VET schools which lack international experience to offer mobility grants to their students and teachers.
The objectives of the project aims at meeting the needs of its members. They are: modernize and internationalize the schools and boost the appeal and quality of VET; contribute to lowering school dropout rates; students: improve their skills, employability, interest of taking part in further VET programmes, and personal development; teachers: improve their skills, improve their work, support internationalization of their schools and acquire the necessary skills to implement the dual learning apprenticeship model; increase the number, duration and mobility types compared to previous projects.
With a means to achieve these objectives, the following types of mobilities are being considered for academic years 2018/19 and 2019/20:
1. Students: internships in companies (part of the compulsory “on-the-job training period” of their VET programme). Destinations: Germany, Finland, Italy, Holland, Sweden and Portugal.
• Intermediate VET students
-200 mobilities of 5 weeks
-18 mobilities Erasmus Pro of 14 weeks + 9 Advanced Planning Visits (pilot test)
-Accompanying teachers for the 1st week
• Basic VET students
-30 mobilities of 2 weeks (pilot test)
– Accompanying teachers for the 2 weeks
2. Staff mobility
-Job shadowing: 80 teachers, 3 days to observe Dual VET system in Germany, and full time VET in Finland
-Internships in companies: 10 teachers, 2 weeks. Destinations: German and Italian companies. Pilot test.
-Teaching assignments of trainers of companies: 8 trainers from Finland and Italy, 4 days. Pilot test.
The consortium will decide upon the pilot test results if the new types of mobilities are implemented in all VET schools in the next mobility project
In order to make these mobilities a reality, there are 14 European VET authorities and/or shools and their associated companies acting as partners, all of them of considerable size, with international experience and most of them with previous experience of cooperation with the consortium. Agreements are celebrated for the exchange of teachers and students.
Participants are selected at each VET school, following a call and based on specific common criteria. Each school takes care of preparing for the visit on different dimensions: pedagogical, cultural, health and safety, trips, protection, etc. This preparation can also be done in cooperation with other schools. The students use the OLS and specific language courses, and an online course is created for the staff. All participants sign learning agreements/work programs before the mobility takes place.
The sending institutions in close cooperation with the host partners organize travel arrangement, lodging and boarding, insurance, and offer the necessary advice to obtain the necessary documentation.
The recognition of skills and its communication to members is done using Europass and national instruments (credits for teacher training, recognition of on-the-job training hours, certificate of participation).
The assessment plan includes the proposal, methodology, learning results, impact, objectives, dissemination and statistics. It includes questionnaires and/or statistics analysis from the Department of Education and it caters for contingencies or poor quality of activities.
The expected outcomes are: increased interest by teachers on European projects; growing number of institutions offering the dual learning apprenticeship model; improvement in management of transnational mobility; better academic outcomes; network creation; decrease in early school leaving rates; changes in the Administration to facilitate these projects; awareness of institutions and regional companies. The impact is measured with numerical indicators calculated from statistical data and questionnaires.
The consortium disseminates on traditional media, social media and on the Web: the assignment and results of the project, the experiences of participants (reports on the website, dual VET educational sessions); sessions about organization of mobility in Erasmus + FP projects; debriefings to potential participants; hosting of foreign participants; electronic posting at the end of the project with the results and experiences of participants.