Public Event in Sopot
Partners met for the third time at the end of November 2014. During the two days spent together, they discussed about the activities already developed, the next steps and introduced new action plans. The hosting partner organised a successful public event which was attended by 28 school principals, teachers, representatives of the labor market, public authorities
and 15 people from the MOBILE team representing 8 institutions from Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
After a short introduction about the project, people were invited to attend four workshops. The participants expressed their impressions and opinions about the tools already developed, giving important feedback to the partners.
Participants of the public event generally expressed the thought that there is a real need for such a project. They gave very positive feedback about the MOBILE results: Competence Cards; Teacher, Mentor and Learner Training programmes as well as the Handbook of Resources & Tools.
MOBILE mini-conference and networking Aachen.
VHS Aachen (Germany) is the Aachen Adult Education Center which is by far the biggest organisation in the city region of Aachen providing all kinds of further education offers for the around 530.000 inhabitants of the region.
The College of the VHS Aachen is the Second Chance School integrated into the VHS Aachen. The VHS College Aachen already participated in three former Grundtvig-projects on which the MOBILE projects is built on.
On march 26 a MOBILE mini-conference was organised by the VHS College, where stakeholders from business and schools were invited to. After some general information about the approach of the MOBILE project the Learner, Teacher and Mentor Training Programmes were introduced. On completion there was a profound discussion between the members of the conference - among other things concerning especially two questions:
How can the Teacher Training programme can be made an attractive for the schools in city region of Aachen?
How can the Mentor Training Programme can be executed in cooperation with utilities of the municipality of Aachen? Particularly the involvement of mentors who don’t speak English very well was discussed. A close cooperation was agreed.
As some of the invited stakeholders couldn’t participate at the mini-conference the further networking will be executed by direct contacts, by phone calls and by establishing a mailing-group.
A mini conference was held 24th of March 2015 at Anders Ljungstedts gymnasium in Linköping, Sweden. The conference had participants from different areas, teachers, working consultants, employers and expert in the field of education from the municipality of Linköping.
After registration of the participant a Power Point presentation of project Mobile was held. Before starting discussions in groups the participants presented themselves to each other. To group leaders was appointed and the participants were divided into groups. One group had focus on the employer perspective and another group on teacher and students perspective.
The questions that was discussed where:
What do the employer need to know about the student before the mobility?
What information do the student need about the work placement before the mobility?
What expectations do employers have of the students?
If there was a manual for the students going on mobility (work placement), what would it contain?
Are there cultural aspect to consider?
Are there gender aspects to consider?
Are there differences between having a Swedish student at the work placement comparing to a student from another country?
What do the student need to know about the employer and the work placement before the mobility?
What expectations do you think the student have about the employer and about the work placement?
Regardless of group and profession the participants mentioned essentially the same things of importance preparing the students before the mobility (work placement)
They talked about the aspect of cultural differences concerning, for example, time perception, dress code etc. A manual with BASIC facts needed for the student containing for example: phone nr, mail address, name of supervisor, rights and obligations. Security aspects for example: things you may and may not do at the work placement, insurance, information if an accident occurs. Individual points for each work placement, for example: information about the work placement, clothes, tools etc.
Other important things was discussions with the students before mobility about humility, sensibility, initiative, gender, treatment and endurance etc. Other aspect was the importance of evaluating after the mobility (work placement)
The preparation for the employer is equal important. They need information about the student so they can prepare duties after the student’s ability and conditions.
An added value from the mini conference was the participant’s opportunity to get to know each other and discuss the topic from several perspectives. The participant where positive for other meeting with each other in the future.
MOBILE mini-conference and networking in Palermo.
Welcome and Introductions
Short participants’ introduction, a presentation of Mobile – objectives and activities (project ppt). Includes explanation of:
o Different roles in mobility
o Guiding disadvantaged learners in international work exchanges
o Supporting needs of mentors, trainers/teachers and disadvantaged beneficiaries
Actors and rols in e ruoli nella mobilità
Strumenti di supporto per tutor, insegnanti/trainer e giovani
Every participant expresses his experience and feedback
Participant Activity :
Separate participants into 3 groups: learner/mentor/teacher. Each does a small activity from the respective training programme, and then feedback to group.
Feedback from Mini Conference
General feedback from participants about the events.
All participants gave positive feedback on the training programme. They expressed their appreciation for the contents of the modules (we deal with the most important and useful issues during mobility) and the structure of the training programme into modules and units. Furthermore the resources are very useful in supporting the learning path and the involvement of participants in the sessions.
Public Event in Linköping, Sweden.
Tuesday 1 December the consortium organised the final public event of the MOBILE-project at the Concert and Congress in Linköping, Sweden.
Carina Petersson opened the seminar by welcoming the participants. Key note speaker Mia Gyllenhammar, CEO of Dreisen AB, spoke about cultural clashes and mobility from an employer's perspective. She emphasized the importance of learner’s mobility and the opportunity to be at a work placement abroad.
Barbara Brodigan presented an overview of project Mobile. This was followed by a presentation of the project results.
The E-platform (mobilityinlearning.eu/) was presented by Herwig Nulens. On the platform there are training programs for teachers, tutors and students, that were then presented by partners from Doncaster, Sopot, Aachen, Madrid and Palermo.
The participants overall impression for the day, was in general positive. In the evaluation they expressed that they gained inspiration, knowledge and useful material. They particularly mentioned the choice of having the Mobile training programs online as a big success. Most of the participants aimed to use the material.