VET-Engine: Vocational education as an engine of innovation and growth in Europe
ERASMUS+ Key Action 1: Learning Mobility of Individuals
December 2018 to May 2021
The project „VET-Engine“ is part of the dual system of vocational training in Saxony and aims to contribute to increasing mobility among young people in Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt with the goal of promoting a sense of Europe citizenship of among the skilled workers of the future.
In accord with the ideals of the European Union, we believe that developing internationalisation is of vital importance if we are to tackle the challenges of a changing labour market and guarantee a democratic way of life.
This is why, VET-Engine organise a 4-weeks vocational training abroad. The participants can do internships in the UK, Spain and Italy. Participants are 35 trainees aged between 18 and 30 who are in their second year of
training (or later) or are new graduates. The project is interdisciplinary in nature and is aimed particularly at trainees in the chemical and manufacturing industries. However, it is also open cosmeticians and hairdressers and to apprentices in the hotel and catering industry in response to a direct request from vocational schools.
Industrial and chemistry is a key pillar in the profile of Central Germany, and many large international companies have set up facilities in the region’s traditional centres of chemical production to take advantage of local expertise.
Acquiring soft skills and international experience during an internship abroad creates a win-win situation; it increases the job perspectives of participants at the same time as making a motivated and more internationally skilled workforce available for local employers. In most cases, the participants return from abroad much more
motivated and self-confident. This increases the attachment of future staff to the company. The trainees will gain their first experience abroad and thereby to contribute to improving their foreign language abilities (especially English) and soft skills. At the same time, they can extend on their job-related skills thanks to the 4-week internship. The receiving companies are located in London, in A Coruña (Galicia, Spain), in Arezzo (Tuscany) and in Novara (Lombardy, Italy).
To give the participants an orientation, preparatory courses on cultural, educational, practical and technical topics will be organized through work-shops and seminars. Linguistic preparation includes online courses in English, Spanish and Italian.
Accommodation, support and supervision will be undertaken by the foreign partners, with whom we will be in contact before, during and after the stay. At the general level, the project will have a major impact on VET,
through the learning outcomes of the participants, their acquired skills (soft skills and hard skills) and recognition through EUROPASS mobility. The learning outcomes will be registered through the Europass and they can be
used as proof of further applications.
The dissemination strategy will support general objectives and specific project activities, in particular the publication of learning outcomes, but also the project impacts. In the short term, the impact will mainly affect the
regions of Leipzig and Zeitz, as the participants come from these regions.
In the medium to long term (6 to 12 months after the internship abroad) it will be possible to record the employment level of the participating trainees.