2020.05.06. - 11:24
On February 28, 2020, three 13th grade high construction technician students, Dávid Marcell Bereczki, Dániel Dézsi, Gergő Szabados, and their accompanying teacher, Szabolcs Laczó, travelled to Finland thanks to the Erasmus + vocational mobility programme. In this school project the European Union provided financial support for travel, organization, accommodation and meals costs in connection with the trip. This mobility was the second in the project, in the spring of 2019 the internships of three building construction technician students were also successfully completed. Participants in traineeships abroad will receive Europass Mobility Document, which aims to help their holder in finding a job as a letter of recommendation.
The students completed practical tasks related to their profession in and around Ulvila on the current construction sites of the host, south-western Finnish vocational school, Sataedu. The four-week mobility was preceded by English language, professional, cultural and psychological training with the aim of making the integration of them into the new work environment smoothly, thus helping to make the time spent abroad more productive.
The participants' accommodation was in the city of Pori, famous for its international summer jazz festivals. On working days, the students travelled to the construction sites from this city with a car provided by Sataedu. The acquaintance with Finnish gastronomy was guaranteed by the tasty canteen lunch at the host school.
Students became acquainted with Finnish modern architectural technologies by visiting various locations. Among others, new family house under construction, block of flats under renovation because of fire accident, sauna were the visited places. Students gained new knowledge mainly in the field of lightweight construction. In addition, they were able to get involved in various construction works (construction of roof structures, partition wall installation, plasterboard wall construction, scaffolding construction) and test the tools and machines (moving scaffolding, wood cutting machines, nail gun).
In addition to expanding their professional knowledge, it was also possible to develop their foreign language, personal, social and cultural competencies during the program, as they had to communicate with colleagues, teachers and students in English, the tasks and problems had to be solved and they had to be adapted to each other at the accommodation. They had to accept different habits, they had to find a common voice for successful cooperation.
The everyday life was enriched by leisure programs organized by the teachers of the Sataedu school, who were the supervisors of the Hungarian students, Seppo Kivelä, Matias Pietarinen and Kimmo Rosnell, as well as their Hungarian accompanying teacher. The next day of arrival, the young people could support a hockey match, but they could also admire the Baltic Sea and try the local sauna several times. The students were lucky because, in addition to Pori and Ulvila, they also visited the Finnish capital, Helsinki, where they looked at the spectacular buildings, and a harbour walk also coloured the programme.
Unfortunately, in the third week, Finland has also taken restrictive measures aimed at curbing the pandemic, so our school management decided to interrupt the mobility for the safety of the students and to repatriate them.
Nevertheless, each of the work diaries created by the students testifies incredible adventures and the program provides a lifelong experience, as stated in the summary lines of Dániel Dézsi’s work diary: “I think one of the best decisions of my life was to apply for the Finnish professional. practice. It was like to enter into not another country but another world. I felt Finland represented the future. This was also noticeable in the application of modern construction technologies, and I hope I can use these later in my job. Based on my experience, I recommend the Finnish vocational practice to everyone to dare to apply, because it remains an eternal memory for me.”