Erasmus+
Summary of the „Professional practice in EDUPOLI and internships organized by Vitalis Gmbh”

Summary of the „Professional practice in EDUPOLI and internships organized by Vitalis Gmbh”

2019.06.25
The teachers and students of the Békéscsaba Center of Vocational Training Kemény Gábor Logistic and Vehicular Vocational-Grammar School have been participating in mobility projects and competence development projects of the European Union since 2005. The reason why we applied for the ERASMUS+ program was to support students from classes 9-12 (secondary vocational grammar school) and the students from class 13 (vocational training) to gain experience abroad while completing their internships there. After a successful ERASMUS+ application in 2017, we got the chance to organize mobility projects for 42 students. These students did their internships abroad, with the help of foreign vocational schools and companies. We chose our partners (EDUPOLI, Vitalis GmbH, STEP) from the partner-network of the Békéscsaba Center of Vocational Training. We chose our partners on the basis of our training needs, and we chose those host organizations that could help us organize our planned internships abroad. The aims of the project: ​ to improve the participants’ professional, language, personal, methodological, digital, and intercultural skills and competences; the recognition of the study and work experience gained abroad; the utilization of the project results and documents; to maintain an active and long-term international cooperation with the host institute and the host companies.   The participants: car mechanics (12 participants from Class 13); logistic and forwarding assistants (12 participants from Class 13) logistic and forwarding assistants (18 participants from Class 11)   We accepted the internships completed abroad as the compulsory internship for the students from class 11 who participated in the German mobility project. In case of the Spanish mobility project, for students from class 13, they received grades in the vocational subjects according to their internships based on the documents submitted (work diaries, reports, evaluation sheets). The objectives of the project have been fulfilled because by the end of the school year 2018/2019 we reached the planned participant number (12 students) who completed their internships abroad. There were five student mobility projects completed within the framework of the programme: one group to Porvoo, Finland, three groups to Seville, Spain and one group to Leipzig, Germany. Completed activities I. „Preparation” part We planned the work program together with our partners based on the needs. We informed the students and teachers of the school about the mobility projects. In a meeting, the project coordinator, the vocational teachers, the form-teacher and the school psychologist evaluated and selected the project candidates based on the incoming motivation letters and the information about the students. Signing contracts between the sending and the host organization, signing contracts with the supporting teachers, the participants and the accompanying teacher. Preparing the selected students (Language, Cultural, Vocational and Psychological trainings) in the school, after the compulsory lessons, within the period of 3-months prior the internship itself.   II. „Realization” part The project coordinator organized the travel and consulted with the project participants and the host organization. The HR and vocational training conditions were ensured by our partner organizations. The internships were completed within the time period as written in the contract.   III. Closing part We collected and evaluated the documentations of the program (work diaries from students, reports from accompanying teachers, evaluation sheets, certificates) The final evaluation – as part of the dissemination – becomed public to our teaching staff, therefore it will be useful for further projects.   The results of the project:  the participants prepared reports, photos and videos about their internships, they wrote work diaries, and there are reports about the meetings; the participants’ personal skills and competences improved, and their motivation for their profession increased; the quality of the professional trainings in the school improved, and thereby the quality of the general vocational training increased; the number of students participating in international professional trainings increased.   Short-term results: the acquisition of the professional experience specified in the central programmes of the chosen vocational trainings could effectively be accomplished; as a recognition of the completed internship abroad, participants get Europass Mobility Certificates.     Long-term results: according to our dissemination plan, we appear in the media to share our experience about the internships which would greatly contribute to the increasing number of students choosing our school when deciding about their further education; the project increases the chances of the participants in the labour market due to their work experience abroad, their professional competences and language skills.   The project was supported by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme – KA1. Contract number: 2017-1-HU01-KA102-035745
Erasmus+ Day in Trefort

Erasmus+ Day in Trefort

2019.05.20
On 25 April 2019, as part of the professional day, a meeting was organised for those students and expert colleagues from Békéscsaba Center of Vocational Training Trefort Ágoston Vocational-grammar, Vocational-secondary School and Dormitory who attended one of the 16 Erasmus+ VET mobility projects in the 2018/19 academic year. The event was open to all students and employees from the school. As in the previous two school years, the meeting provided opportunity for 50 students, 13 accompanying teachers and 19 vocational experts to get insight into each other's project. Each group made a presentation about their professional and cultural activities in the mobility. During the presentation the learners commented the pictures of the slides, and recalling the time spent together and the nice memories. During the event, the participants took the Europass Mobility documents and Certificates from Director, Mr Mihály Kiss. As the part of the programme, the results of the Erasmus + photo competition were also announced. The winner photo was took by Dávid Szarka, milling machine operator student who spent his practice in Slovakia. The picture was made in Bratislava, titled “All roads lead to the castle”. All applicants received prizes from the organisers. The documentation of the professional day also was implemented in international environment. Estonian photographer students who spent their Erasmus + practice at Trefort took great photos about the events. The program ended with cake tasting and informal conversation. In every application round Békéscsaba Center of Vocational Training Trefort Ágoston Vocational-grammar, Vocational-secondary School and Dormitory has been working for provide foreign education and training experience as many students and teachers as possible. Achieving the good results is also thanks to our program organizers colleagues. We would like to thank the work of the management, the preparatory teachers, the accompanying teachers and especially the project coordinators, Mária Bohus, Edit Szabados and László Kruzsic!
Nursing students from Porvoo

Nursing students from Porvoo

2019.04.30
On 24 March two Finnish students, Noora Pelo and My Truong came from Porvoo, Finland, to take part in a one-month internship in Békéscsaba with the help of Erasmus + programme. Their sending school, Careeria is one of the foreign partner institutions of Békéscsaba Center of Vocational Training Szent-Györgyi Albert Vocational-grammar School and Dormitory in the field of health care training. This time, the Szent-Györgyi, as the host school, took part in organizing the programme in Békéscsaba, tutoring the students, and following the practice with the guidance of Ms Mónika Andó, teacher. Their accommodation was in the Alma Mater Hostel, next to the host school. The students said they heard about the Erasmus+ practice possibility in their school, and although both came from Careeria, they did not know each other until the days before departure. During the preparation period, they mainly expanded their professional and cultural knowledge. For the first days their two teachers were with them studying the Hungarian health care education and training. In the first half of their time in Békéscsaba, they got to know the daily routine of the host group at the “Downtown” early childhood centre, and they were involved in various educational and caring tasks, and they taught Finnish songs to the children. In the second half of their practical period, they observed the nursing and caring activities at the “Életfa” retirement home, and they joined the daily tasks where they were mentored by the workers of “Életfa”. The Finnish youngsters also expanded their cultural knowledge during the four weeks. In addition to Békéscsaba, some of the sights of Gyula and Budapest were visited. In their free time, they walked the streets of Békéscsaba, along the “Élővíz” Canal, enjoyed the pleasant spring weather and the joint programs with the students of the host school. They also liked the nearby “Póstelek” castle and park, and they took some trips to there during their stay. The girls were involved in the student life of Szent-Györgyi, they participated in the students’ week programme, and they really enjoyed the cooking together with new friends and tasting traditional Hungarian dishes. On the whole, they found their adventure very useful in Hungary, and although they were excited about how they could be able to survive in an unfamiliar country, how could they communicate, what and how they could eat, finally everything was lgood, and they return home with many nice memories. After completing her studies, Noora imagines her future in the field of child care, while My would like to work in the Finnish army in health care area.  
Construction students from Ulvila

Construction students from Ulvila

2019.04.15
In mid-March two Finnish students, Topi Valli and Samuel Hiljanen came from Ulvila, Finland, to take a one-month internship in Békéscsaba with the help of Erasmus + programme. Their sending school, Satakunnan kouluskuntayhtymä is one of the oldest foreign partner institutions of Békéscsaba Center of Vocational Training Trefort Ágoston Vocational-grammar, Vocational-secondary School and Dormitory, with several successful joint projects. This time, the Trefort, as the host school, took part in organizing the programme in Békéscsaba, tutoring the students, and following the practice. The students said they heard about the practical possibility from Janika Reunanen, teacher and international project coordinator at their school, and since they have been in several countries, they started out on this adventure. As an experienced traveller, they did not make any special preparations for the trip, but they received English language training in the school and gathered information from Békéscsaba via the Internet. At the practical place, they had the opportunity to get acquainted with the materials, technologies and methods used at the host company. Young were primarily involved in masonry work during the five weeks. Even though they enjoyed the working days, they waited for weekends when they could explore the area with bicycles borrowed from the host school and enjoyed the pleasant spring weather.
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
Békéscsaba Center of Vocational Training
5600 Békéscsaba, Gyulai út 32/1. centrum@bszc.hu 06 66/441-314
felnőttképzési nyilvántartási szám: E-001278/2015
Békéscsaba Center of Vocational Training
5600 Békéscsaba, Gyulai út 32/1.
06 66/441-314
felnőttképzési nyilvántartási szám: E-001278/2015