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Work experience in the UK for VET learners of tourism – What are the skills that improved the most?

Work experience in the UK for VET learners of tourism – What are the skills that improved the most?

2018.12.18
Széchenyi István Bilingual Secondary School of Economics (Békéscsaba, Hungary) have completed a project together with English 2000 School of English (Bournemouth, England) to provide work experience for VET learners of tourism in the UK. Within the framework of the project our students spent 13 weeks in hotels in the south of England and gained experience in different hotel and catering related activities. The main objectives of the project were to gain work experience, to broaden the students’ professional knowledge in tourism and catering, to fulfil the work experience required by the syllabus and to improve language skills. Moreover, we aimed at providing an opportunity to get to know other cultures and get references for the future. Having arrived home from their placement the students were asked to fill in different surveys and rate the various aspects of the mobility project. While we were analysing the results of the different surveys trying to reach an objective conclusion, it occurred to us that these young adults (19-20 years old) might be confused by the lengthy questionnaires and the abundance of questions, so we decided to try another very simple method. Instead of asking “difficult” questions we asked them to summarise in five sentences what they really got from this mobility project. We told them to write down what they really thought, even if it was not related to the original aims of the project. The result was amazing, having read the answers we were convinced that these students have really learnt something very important. So, let’s see why this project was a life changing experience for them. All the students mentioned the invaluable work experience they had gained, but they mentioned something even more important: not only did they improve their vocational skills but now they also have an inspiration to learn more about the world of hospitality, they have realized the prestige of their future career. “This work experience inspired me to continue my studies in the world of catering and hospitality. I would gladly choose tourism and catering as my future career.” The development of vocational skills was the primary aim of the project. However, these students are young adults with a lot of challenges and different crossroads in front of them in their future life, so acquiring life skills is also of primary importance. Life skills are needed to get along with others, succeed in our chosen careers, and have an easier life experience. Life skills include psychosocial competencies, intra- and interpersonal skills that help people make informed decisions, solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, build healthy relationships, empathize with others, and cope with managing their lives in a healthy and productive manner. The improvement of life skills is exactly what the participants of the project valued the most. They realised why these skills are important and that they are the ones that can guide them throughout their life. What are the life skills they mentioned? “This work experience gave me independence and self-confidence. I have learnt to be goal oriented and persistent.” “I have learnt how to work in a well organised way, how to adapt to others and solve problems.” “I got to know a lot of new cultures through my colleagues.” “I feel I am more self-supporting as we had to arrange a lot of things alone, without parental supervision.” “I experienced how different cultures can live side by side and learnt how to manage conflicts.” “I learnt to value human relationships.”” The work experience improved my vocational skills and made me become a better person.” These short summaries have convinced us that work experiences abroad provide something invaluable, something that helps students wherever they get, whatever career they will have: life skills. Let me finish by citing one of the participant’s, Zsanett Balda’s summary of experiences: “I am very grateful for the opportunity as it helped a lot in every area of life. I managed to gain confidence and be braver because I had to live independently for three months. It was awesome! I could fit in the new environment, got to know a lot of cultures and became more tolerant. The hotel where I worked employed a lot of people, so it was absolutely a must to help each other’s work and become a team player. In conclusion, these three months have taught me that I can reach anything that I really want!” 31/10/2018 by Zita Liker teacher, Erasmus+ project coordinator
SUMMARY about the ERASMUS+ (2016-2018) project

SUMMARY about the ERASMUS+ (2016-2018) project

2018.08.01
Explore Europe! - Keri's work placement and experience abroad 2016-1-HU01-KA102-022808 16/1/KA102/022808 2016.06.01. – 2018.05.31.   Background Following the changed name the Békéscsaba Vocational Training Center (BSZC) József Zwack's Commerce and Catering Vocational-grammar and Vocational-secondary School has been dealing with international projects since 2004. Objectives Following the deadline of the 2016 tender, our institution has been able to successfully complete the study trip of 92 students with the help of foreign vocational training schools and companies. We selected our foreign partners from our previous partner network to take care the training needs, and on this basis we signed contract with those institutions that could enable our planned international mobility to take place. Number and professional background of the participants 90 students completed the mobilities, which corresponds to 97.8% In the catering and tourism sector there were 33 cooks and 16 waiters (20 caterers were trained in these two professions) and 14 pastry chefs were included in the program, 8 sales assisstant and 19 merchants were involved in the trade sector, 40 students - who have disadvantages in their life - participated in the 2016-2018 project, 8 teachers were received in the field of catering to foreign study tours. This occassions were successfully completed. Our plan was 98% because 2 students have withdrawn their applications.   Implemented activities in the project Preparatory phase: First meeting of the working groups. Preparation of contract between the receiving and sending institution. Start of the final work program. Campaign in our school from the actually mobilities. Giving information to the teaching staff and the public. Evaluation of incoming motivation letters, selection of the participants. Contract from the preparing with our school’s teachers. Evaluation and preparation of selected participants. Implementation of the practice / study trip: Preparing the trip with the host institution. Agreement between the sending institution and the receiving partner, the participants and the accompanying person. Finalize the work program. Consultations from the trip. Implementation of a foreign internship / study trip. Closing stage: Collecting and compiling travel documentation (experiences from the work practice, evaluation sheets, certificates). Dissemination from the mobilities. Inform the teaching staff and the public about the success of the trip.   Results of the project 1. For participating students: their competencies have improved, for these reason they have been more successful, took part excellent way in national and international competitions, developed their communication, their motivations growing and their dedication to the profession, 2. For participating teachers / trainers: as a result of the foreign study trip / practice, their competences have evolved, methodologically renewed, thus increasing the level of work, efficiency, motivation, they went home mentally refreshed. 3. For our Institution: the prestige of the professions increased, the human resources base and the competences of our institution were strengthened, at the student and teacher levels the popularity of foreign mobility projects were increased, the relationship with the host organizations has been further deepened and new institutions have been involved in the network, the prestige of the institution has continued to grow, this has contributed to the success of our institution's schooling, the experience gained in using ECVET tools has increased, and the popularity of the Europass documents is growing. 4. In case the group of the project: their professional, linguistic, intercultural, social, digital competencies have evolved, their organizational, collaborative, problem-solving and communication skills have been further developed, and have been able to use ICT devices even more confidently.   Effects of the project Short-term effect: The practical experiences in the central vocational training programs and the further training needs were implemented successfully, The participants have got Europass Mobility Certificate which demonstrated the effectiveness of the practice / study trip. Long-term effect: We disseminated the opportunities through the media through the press, so the students are more likely to attend our school. Our outgoing students have more and more employment opportunities in our profession because of their international knowledges. With the results and the documents of the project, the level of vocational training continues to rise.

Summary of the „International trainings and experiences in the vocational education” Erasmus+ VET mobility project

2018.07.24
Background: Trefort Ágoston Vocational School and Student Dormitory of Békéscsaba Center of Vocational Training has been involved in international projects since 2003. First only one or two teachers acted as coordinators, but over the years more and more of their colleagues joined them in the execution of the projects. As the member school of Békéscsaba Center of Vocational Training we would like to withdraw all the speciality of vocational studies to the mobility programmes to be able to give vocational training to our students which suits to the labor market. We have been participating in LLP tenders and formed a reliable and well-functioning relationship with numerous partners. In the tenders the participants are the partners with whom we have already carried out several successful LLP projects and with whom we would like to continue the productive mobilities in the Erasmus+ programme with involving new partners and new professions. Aims: - to realize on-the-job trainings of 69 students with the help foreign vocational schools and companies, - developing foreign language, professional, personnel, digital, entrepreneurial, intercultural, social competences of the students; - implementation of successful study tour of 18 VET professionals/teachers in foreign vocational schools and companies, - developing foreign language, professional, personnel, methodological, digital, intercultural competences of the teachers/trainers/professionals; - to realize same procedures for assessment, documentation, validation and recognition of the learning outcomes achieved abroad; - utilization of the project outcomes and documents;- operating and growing active network consisting of European educational institutions and companies. Participants and professional background: 1. Students: - trade-marketing, business administration (2 logistics assistants and 1 transport administrator) - engineering (4 central heating  and pipe fitters, 13 building engineer technicians, 10 welders, 3 industrial mechanics, 3 mechanical chippers, 4 machine-production technology technicians) - transport (6 car electronics mechanics, 8 car mechanics, 1 car technicians) - electrotechnics-electronics (3 electrical technicians, 4 high-power current electricians) - informatics (3 CAD-CAM informatics, 3 ICT administrators, 1 IT system operator) - at least one year training experience, and at least basic level English/German language skills 2. Teachers/trainers/professionals: - informatics (10 people) - building engineering, electronics, automatization (8 people) - more years professional experience, and at least intermediate level English (and German) language skills. Main steps on the project: I. Completing the application for the tender II. The continuous realization of the mobilities: 1. Making contact with the host institution (via phone calls, emails, reaching an agreement about the programs and schedules) 2. Applications for the mobilities, collecting the letters of motivation, selecting the participants 3. Preparation of the students (language, professionally, culturally, psychologically) 4. Conducting the mobilities 5. Evaluating the experiences 6. Disseminating the experiences III. Final project evaluation IV. Making final report Outcomes: Participants’ reports about their experiences. Photographs and videos made during the time of training/study visit. Minutes, work diaries, training aids and report made by the group of project participants. Development of the participants’ skills and abilities, strengthening of their professional motivation. Improvement of the quality of vocational training of the sending school, raising the quality level of the training. Increase in the number of students/teachers participating in vocational training/study visit abroad. Short-term effects: Gaining experiences during the mobility to fulfil the requirements described in the central program of the vocational training program, implementing professional training needs. As a proof of the successful completion of the training/study visit, participating student/teacher received a Europass Mobility Certificate. Long-term effects: We inform the public about the completed training through the channels of dissemination: the media and the press. As a result, the school can expect an increase in enrolment. The project helps increase the participant students’ chance of employment and give them an advantage in the job market through the experiences gained in an international work environment; through application of acquired modern knowledge, everyday and professional language skills and communication. Raising the quality level of the training with the help of the utilization of the project outcomes and documents. Partner organisations: Europroyectos Erasmusplus S.L., Spain Istituto di Istruzione Superiore F. Corni Liceo e Tecnico, Italy Itä-Uudenmaan koulutuskuntayhtymä, Finland IZI Ltd, Malta SATAKUNNAN KOULUTUSKUNTAYHTYMA, Finland Stredna odborna skola technicka - Muszaki Szakkozepiskola Komarno, Slovakia Tallinna Polütehnikum, Estonia TELLUS LIMITED, United Kingdom VITALIS Betreuungsgesellschaft für Modellprojekte mbH, Germany The project was supported by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme – KA1. Contract number: 16/1/KA102/022706

European cooperation for the development of vocational training - 2016-1-HU01-KA102-022860 16/1/KA102/022860

2018.04.25
European cooperation for the development of vocational training
Békéscsabai Szakképzési Centrum
5600 Békéscsaba, Gyulai út 32/1. centrum@bszc.hu 06 66/441-314
felnőttképzési nyilvántartási szám: E-001278/2015
Békéscsabai Szakképzési Centrum
5600 Békéscsaba, Gyulai út 32/1.
06 66/441-314
felnőttképzési nyilvántartási szám: E-001278/2015