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.