4 October, 2016
One of the objectives and part of the aim of the EUCVET project have been to introduce new people to the European framework ECVET (European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training) and to continue the elaboration of ECVET in practice in European vocational programs. So one of the intellectual outputs was to create an ECVET introduction for beginners. After having scanned available ECVET guides, toolboxes, brochures and webpages on the internet, the project team decided to develop a game based introduction instead. That way, getting to know ECVET could be both fun, exciting and a great way to start discussing vocational training and exchanging good practices.
The EUCVET Game was tested by vocational teachers at a regional Conference about European mobility in Gothenburg. The response was great and the team from Kungsbacka will be invited to a partner meeting to coach the partnership on how to play the EUCVET Game as a way to introduce ECVET later on this year.
You can download the EUCVET Game from the EUCVET webpage in the section Products!
3 October, 2016
In mid May, 2016, the EUCVET team invited local, regional, national and European target groups and stakeholders in vocational education and training to take part of the European class experience and the EUCVET project results at a final conference in Kungsbacka, Sweden.
There were a number of invited speakers in the first part of the conference speaking about the European Education and Training agenda 2020 (ET 2020), EU initiatives such as ECVET and the Europass portfolio, the need for increased European mobility and skilled workers, and improved quality and attractiveness of vocational education and training in Europe. The conference was moderated by Dr Christiane Eberhardt from the German vocational institut Bundesinsitut für Berufsbildung.
In the second part of the conference there were three different workshop providing an opportunity for the participants at the conference to take part of the European Class experience and the share the project teams’ knowledge, results, and advice on:
– How to create units of learning outcomes,
– How to assess Learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and competences),
– How to set up and organize a European Class.
The conference was planned, organized, and carried out as a real assignment for the vocational students at the Restaurant, Tourism, and Administration programs at Elof Lindälvs gymnasium. The students were really professional and enjoyed this international assignment immensely.
You can find all presentations and documentation from the conference at the EUCVET webpage in the section Products!
3 October, 2016
Beginning of April, 2016, the EUCVET project team gathered at Eskisehir Atatürk Teknik ve Endüstri Meslek Lisesi in Turkey for the fourth project meeting. At the same time, the first European Class in Turkey was kicked off. The European Class was carried out to verify on of the new units of learning outcomes in industrial automation toghether with students and teachers from Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland, and Spain.
The project team and the European Class arrived safe and sound and received a very warm welcome by the management and highly dedicated teacher teams at Eskisehir Atatürk Teknik ve Endüstri Meslek Lisesi.
Days were spent study visiting the different departments at school encompassing vocational training automotive, automation, mechanics, and electricity. There was also an interesting study visit to high tech local Ford industrial plant.
During the project meeting, the different vocational teams carried on the discussions and work on the units of learning outcomes and assessment schemes, which are the fundaments of the European Class concept. Plans were also made for the final conference in May.
A big surprise for everybody, was the visit from Turkish national TV – TRT 1 – that came to make a news cover about the European Class with students and participating teachers. The interview was broadcasted both locally and nationally later that night and next day.
After two great days, we had to say good bye and return home. The European Class students and the Turkish colleagues continued working for Three more weeks. The final week, the vocational teachers in industrial automation returned to Turkey to join the assessment of the students. That way, all teachers were able to learn and evaluate the newly developed assessment scheme in industrial automation. The team has managed to develop the assessment scheme from the previous EURIAC project one step further to make it possible to assess skills and competences as well, not just knowledge.
Thank you so much, dear colleagues and management at Eskisehir Atatürk Teknik ve Endüstri Meslek Lisesi for organising such a splendid meeting and European Class!
11 March, 2016
During a hectic three week mobility at Optima in Jakobstad, Finland, the Swedish students Jesper and Lovisa from the Industrial Technology program at Elof Lindälvs gymnasium managed to achieve the international welder certificate. Congratulations and well done, says all of the EUCVET team!
– It was a lot of hard work and studying until late at night, Lovisa explains.
– The students were very well prepared and had the right competence level to be able to do the certification during the mobility, Nils-Erik Mattljus, welding teacher responsible for the test mobility at Optima in Finland, says.
– The European class in welding provided a unique opportunity for the students to finalise their vocational training in the best possible way – to achieve this certification that make them extremely attractive at the labor market, Linda Gartinger, Swedish welding teacher involved in the EUCVET project, adds.
The mobility in Jakobstad was carried out in order to verify the new unit of learning outcomes in welding created in the EUCVET project and to introduce new teachers to the European Class concept and support them in organizing a European class.
– To someone who’s never been involved in any mobility exchanges before, the European class must seem as much paper work. However, having been responsible for preparing students for mobility, setting up and conducting a student exchange and validating students’ learning outcomes from a learning experience abroad, they know there are numerous questions and challenges to handle, Pernilla Öhberg, coordinator of the EUCVET project, explains. The European class concept utilizes ECVET and its tools and processes provide great support to handle and solve all these questions before they become a problem or obstacle.
The Swedish students really enjoyed and appreciated the education and training at Optima, but they would have liked more activities together with their classmates, both at school and in their spare time.
– It was a pity we were the only ones in this European class except the Finnish students, says Jesper. If there had been students from other countries participating in the same class we would have had other classmates to hang out with.
Of course we’ll use the input from our students participating in the test mobilities in order to improve the European Classes. Social and cultural activities together with the European classmates – both the hosting and visiting students – are important aspects of the European Class! The students want to and need to establish European contacts and it is so easy today to keep in contact using social media.
In conclusion, the unit of learning outcomes and assessment scheme in welding works well in practice. It is a great solution for schools not able to certify its own students but preparing them for the international welder certificate. In the long run, the European Class concept in welding will increase the number of international welders in Europe and improve the quality of VET in welding.
5 February, 2016
During the last months we, the EUCVET lead partner and coordinator, have received a lot of interest in the European Class concept from vocational providers in Europe. There have been invitations to be partners in new projects, to be receiving partner for staff mobility, and from others using the European Class ‘products’ for setting up their own mobility. During spring, representatives from Kungsbacka municipality and Elof Lindälvs gymnasium will attend a preparatory meeting in Köln discussing a transfer of the European Class experiences.
Down below is another example of the interest we receive in the European Class concept:
The other day, we found the Simple project website (http://www.simplemobility.fi/) by chance searching for the ECVET logotype on the internet. The Simple project aim is to gather and share the best international mobility practices learned. The template the project offers as best practice for identifying competent bodies and building mutual trust is the EURIAC template. EURIAC is the previous European Class project!
1 December, 2015
The previous European Class project – EURIAC – has been selected for its high quality, excellent results and impact on policy making by an expert panel at the European Commission – DG Education & Culture. The Commission regards the project being ‘a success story’!
The award will open up to new opportunities to disseminate the European Class concept and our project results both from the EURIAC project and the ongoing EUCVET project.
Great thanks to all EURIAC partners for their excellent contribution to the project, its results, and the fine team spirit!
11 November, 2015
Here comes some hot news from the conference:
– If you didn’t know about it before, the ECVET recommendation is now under the authority of DG Employment and no longer that one of Education.
– Few political discourse, we are waiting for the selection of the new consortium that will drive ECVET.
– The priorities of ECVET remain the same with an emphasis on mobility, the definition of skills and funding.
– ECVET may be renamed and redefined in order to make it more accessible and usable.
The concern is that we always hear about the same thing: to agree on the concept ECVET …!
Besides talking to as many conference delegates as possible about the European Class and our experimentation on ECVET in the EUCVET project, Jean-Luc also brought some 60 copies of the newly produced EUCVET brochure. Just a few minutes after being put at the desk, Jean-Luc happily reports that they were all gone, selected by ECVET delegates!
We are eagerly now waiting for the report from the conference which will of course be posted and shared on the EUCVET website! In the meantime, follow this link to the conference website: ECVET Annual Forum 2015
5 November, 2015
The EUCVET project invited as speaker about the European Class concept and its experimentation on ECVET at national ECVET seminar in Norway for the Norweigan Ministry of Education and the Norweigan Agency of Education, Oslo.
5 November, 2015
The EUCVET project and European Class concept were presented during the 24th annual EfVET Conference held in Paphos, Cyprus from Wednesday 21th till Saturday 24th October 2015. EfVET (European Forum for Vocational Education and Training) is a European-wide professional association which has been created by and for providers of technical and vocational education and training in all European countries. Over 230 members from organizations across Europe attended the Conference. Want to know more about it: EfVET
Our Spanish EUCVET partner from Politeknika Ikastegia Txorierri, Anabel Menica (ES), represented the project consortium and had the opportunity to talk to many conference participants and share with them the results of our project.
Quite a few people were interested and some of them may also contact us as they have a similar idea in the area of welding using augmented reality. Anabel also had the pleasure to learn that some partners in Italy, Spain and Denmark were using the concept of the European Class that started with the EURIAC project.
Our aim is to have some information about the EUCVET project in the next EfVET newsletter that will be published in December.
2 October, 2015
The first test of one of the new units of learning outcomes created in the EUCVET project is now carried out with vocational students and teachers in trucks maintenance at Elof Lindälvs gymnasium in Kungsbacka, Sweden.
– The students start off doing team building exercises and playing floor ball to get to know each other and build some common ground. It is really important to do that so the students relax. Speaking English all day and being an ambassador for one’s vocational program, school and country are challenges that everybody faces and may be quite tough for some, Stefan Elisasson, head teacher for the European Class in Kungsbacka, says.
The students work in transnational project teams for two weeks. They do work tasks and work placement in line with the unit of learning outcomes that the involved vocational schools have mutually created and agreed upon in the EUCVET project. The focus for this specific unit and European class in Kungsbacka is fault tracing methodology in heavy vehicles. The unit may also be used for training in any vehicle mechanics.
14 August, 2015
The EUCVET conference November 4 in Etten-Leur, the Netherlands, has been cancelled!
We are now planning and preparing for the final conference in Kungsbacka, Sweden, May 18, 2016.
You are most welcome to take part of the EUCVET experience then!
The EUCVET project welcomes you to take part of the preliminary results of the EUCVET project and the European Class experience!
The EUCVET conference invites all target groups and stakeholders in vocational education and training such as vocational education providers, headmasters, teachers, policy makers, social partners etc.
The conference is a one-day event at Hotel Trivium in Etten-Leur, the Netherlands. There will be presentations and workshops.
For more information about the conference and how to register, please follow this link: Invitation Netherlands
10 June, 2015
In mid May, the European Class concept and the EUCVET project were invited as ‘speakers’ at a seminar at a national conference in Stockholm, Sweden, as a best practice example on international cooperation and using ECVET for transfering learning outcomes from inbetween school systems. There were some 300 eager and curious headmasters, teachers, and other people interested in internationalisation to talk to. One of the Swedish students who attended the European Class in industrial automation at Radius College in the Netherlands in April, 2015, accompanied us to tell the participants what it is like to take part of a European Class.
7 June, 2015
During the second project meeting of the EUCVET project we had a workshop about teaching for and assessing entrepreneurial skills & competences in a windy Breda, NL. Christer Westlund, Me University, Sweden, guided us through the ideas and methods on how to organise education and training in order to develop the students’ skills and competences and how to use formative assessment to evaluate the learning outcomes.
Next day of the meeting, the three parallel teams – welding, industrial automation, and trucks maintenance – continued their work on creating units of learning outcomes and agree on assessment methods. They also visited the workshops at Radius College in order to get to know the facility and the vocational programmes.
Many thanks to Radius College for hosting the meeting in such a perfect way!
6 November, 2014
The European Class concept and the EUCVET project has now been presented at the Nordic ECVET Expert Teams’ summit in Stockholm. It was a success and we now have an invitation to speak at an ECVET seminar in Norway in the spring. Moreover, they want to set up a project to create a European Class in the health care sector. Anyone of the EUCVET schools interested to join?
Want to know more about ECVET and the ECVET Expert Teams: ECVET Toolkit
6 November, 2014
Beginning of October, 2014, the EUCVET project was kicked off at Politeknika Ikastegia Txorierri in Bilbao, Spain. All partners attending and eager to get going! Great, competent, and dedicated people! We are definitely going to break new grounds for the European Class and European vocational education and training in welding, industrial automation, and trucks maintenance!
The second day of the project meeting, the three parallel teams (welding, automation, and trucks maintenance) started the discussions about what units of learning outcomes to create. Three main questions guide the teams in this initial step of the ECVET process:
– what job profile will the unit aim for?
– what will be the scope of the unit?
– what are the prioritized skills needs for the specific job profile right now?