2021.07.28. - 11:12
Erasmus+ VET mobility project
(01.06.2018. – 31.05.2021.)
The Zwack József Technical School and Vocational School of Békéscsaba Centre of Vocational Training has been actively participating in international projects since 2004. We have been participating in ERASMUS + and ’Without borders!’ tenders for years, with the help of which we were able to establish a reliable and well-functioning relationship with many partners. In our application between 2018 and 2021, those partners appear with whom we have already implemented several successful ERASMUS + projects. The successful work is also due to the fact that, during the recent period more and more of our colleagues have joined the initial team of 2-3 people implementing these international collaborations. In addition to the growing support of the teaching staff, more and more of our students are actively interested in the announced mobility.
The aim of the project:
Our goal is to provide our students with the widest possible field of vision for the professions we teach. The increasingly frequent mobility abroad, mainly to EU countries, is an excellent opportunity for practice-oriented, marketable trainings in Hungary, which encourages our institution to actively participate in these international projects, thus continuing the successful mobility in the current ERASMUS + program.
With the help of application sources, we can provide our students and colleagues with practical opportunities abroad and professional training in the fields of trade, hospitality and tourism. Our international relations allow both our students and teachers to compare foreign and domestic knowledge, adapt the experience gained and add new professional content to the curriculum.
Impact of the pandemic:
In 2020, an emergency situation halted mobility. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we managed to implement 11 of the planned 15 shifts, so 58 people actually took part in the trips instead of 86 people.
Number of participants and professional background:
1.) For students:
A total of 33 students in the hospitality-tourism professional group entered the program. 5 salespeople were involved in the trade-marketing, business administration professional group.
A total of 19 disadvantaged students benefited from the project, of which 3 came from disadvantaged settlements and the number of minors was 21.
2.) For teachers/trainers:
The teacher/trainer mobility was attended by 12 people from the fields of trade and hospitality-tourism.
We are pleased with the fact that, thanks to study trips abroad and professional training, their competencies have developed and been methodologically renewed, thus increasing the quality and efficiency of their work. The new experiences and the experience gained are incorporated into the subject they teach, for example, after the mobility, our chef instructors introduced us to show our students the preparation of typical dishes from the Mediterranean partner countries for one week each school year, thus enriching the curriculum.
The successful implementation of the project was implemented with the help of 8 main accompanying teachers. Their presence is necessary because at least one minor is present in almost all groups of students involved in mobility.
Activities implemented and results achieved:
Within the framework of the project, we are trying to involve more and more students and colleagues in mobility abroad, thus providing an opportunity for professional development. In order to do this, we announce mobility in all potential forums for our students and staff. During the application period, 38 students spent a month of internship abroad in 4 different target countries. Distribution of participating students: 74% from the hospitality industry, 13% from commerce, the rest from the tourism sector, who are characterized by coming to our school with different family backgrounds and readiness, different motivations and learning needs. In the pre-departure preparations, we tried to minimize these differences and tried to strengthen group cohesion. All of this was successfully accomplished based on feedback from participants.
Based on the highly underdeveloped social and societal situation of Békés county, we consider it our mission to get as many disadvantaged students as possible to participate in mobility and get the opportunity to participate in internships abroad.
In order to increase the quality of our training, we also involved new partner organizations in the project in addition to the existing host institutions. Our goal is to expand and add colour to our relationship system, and we also provide new learning opportunities for our teachers and students. Through ERASMUS + mobility, we aim to provide the widest possible range of “good practice” for our students and teachers, taking into account the profile of our school, thus supporting the system of knowledge, learning and teaching in accordance with ECVET principles in both commerce and hospitality in the field of tourism.
IZI Ltd., Malta
Sistema Turismo s.r.l., Italy
ASSOCIACAO INTERCULTURAL AMIGOS DA MOBILIDADE, Portugal
SC.BENLUMA SRL., Romania
Sistema Practices s.l., Spain
This project was supported by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme.