|Sumár projektu:||In a financial climate where the job markets and industries are liable to fluctuating demands, it is a reality that many students lack knowledge about education and job opportunities outside their own country and region and what skills are required. As a result, they often miss the self confidence to even consider studying or working in another part of Europe and many feel trapped in their own regions.
Observing changes in Europe, especially in higher education and the socio-cultural environment, 'Getting Equipped for Europe' aims to provide middle and upper-secondary students from six European schools (Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Norway, Slovakia and Spain) with the skills to equip them for a possible future in another European country, whether as higher education students or in the job market.
All schools will join the LTTs with 3 or 4 students aged 15-19 and 2 teachers. They will be selected by taking into consideration motivation, academic performance, language and interpersonal skills , participation into project activities. All students including gifted students and those from disadvantaged families will be eligible and eventually supported both during the management and development of the project.
Activities will include information about the educational system in the participating countries; careers advice; experience taking part in and holding workshops; interview training both in educational and work-place settings; learning specific ICT and language skills; building cultural awareness, learning how to present themselves and training these skills, communication and personal skills. All of the activities will build English and other foreign language skills and challenge students’ inter-cultural competency.
Different instructional strategies based on a collaborative and participative methodology will be put into practice with students at the centre of the teaching-learning process. Activities will have an integrating dimension; students will be able to analyse, compare and contrast different European education and employment contexts in their fields of interest. Students will have to carry out scheduled scaffolding activities previous to each mobility. During them they will interact as teams in workshops, debates or oral presentations to bring about the expected outcomes in the different areas they will be learning from.
Students will gain experience about the challenges and the advantages of the European work and education markets that cannot be achieved from home. They will widen their perspectives on collaborative work and on sharing knowledge with partners who can become their future university or job partners. Students will improve their English language skills and they will learn basic survival language for each of the countries. Thus, they will extend their own skill set, share their own language and appreciate, to a greater extent, the linguistic challenges of moving to a new country and the role of language skills for integration.
The aim of the project is to give students skills to equip them for the European work and education market using their right to mobility within the EU. In the long term this knowledge and skills can lead to more young people being willing to consider the wider European markets, taking advantage of the possibilities available. |