ERASMUS + Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Start: 31-12-2015 - End: 30-12-2017
Project Reference: 2015-1-MK01-KA202-002851
EU Grant: 133795 EUR


The project understands that the traditional universities have structures which are hard to change/adapt to new requirements of industry. In addition, industry needs are growing faster and changing rapidly and in order to keep up, the businesses need highly qualified staff which increases their cost of operations. Parallel to this, VET schools, for long period of time, have been seen as supplementary education to higher education.

The project will offer educational model which can be utilized by VET schools, especially at tertiary level, in order to be able to offer high quality of services to various types of organizations which operate in national and international context. The model is structured to satisfy various target groups whose location is dispersed geographically and physical attendance is not always possible, especially not for long term periods. In addition, the project utilizes blended learning which provides the most optimal learning experience for the participants. The target group is comprised of VET learners, especially on tertiary level, youth workers, not-graduated university student between 30-34 of age, young entrepreneurs and professionals.

The expected impact of the project is to increase and improve the provision of educational/work modules management mechanisms which can be utilized in the region and internationally, human and labour capabilities to be enhanced, increase the competitiveness of regional and EU educated workforce and utilize combined education by utilization of ICT tools.

The project will engage in activities such as assessing the educational outputs of universities and VET schools as well as assessment of the real labour needs of the industry. This output will be the foundation for development of educational curriculum for soft skills development. A short learning-trainning activity will enable testing the model of education-in-action as well as produce ORE materials which can be later utilized via ICT platform. The educational model will be based on real case scenarios. In addition, the learners will be able to choose two different streams: entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial. All learners, as part of the holistic approach to learning, will be able to engage in apprenticeship and job shadowing activities.

The goal of the project is to bridge the gap between the qualitative outputs of educational provisions and industry needs by offering innovative approach in learning and praxis.

The specific objectives (SO) of the project are:

Specific Objective 1: To develop and deliver innovative educational method based on education-in-action of soft skills in order to enhance the quality of education offered in VET schools;

Specific Objective 2: To increase the cooperation between educational institutions and industry for improvement of educational outputs and increasing the employability rate of tertiary VET learners, youth workers, and young entrepreneurs and professionals.

Specific Objective 3: To enhance the VET system by improving utilization ICT tools for provision of combined learning and comprehensive data provision for policy and decision makers.

The model allows adaptive approach to gaining knowledge based on the learning needs of the individuals. The project is designed with an inbuilt sustainability due to the fact that it is learner centered model and its provision envelops wider and diverse target group. The model provisions have cross-sectoral application and wide range of implementation. This means that VET schools can utilize the model for adding value to their programmes; companies can use it for in-house training; wide range of professionals and individuals can, at their own schedule, keep their know-how up to date. The structure of the modules ensures complete, systematic and measurable learning trajectory for the learners.






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