Part 1 – international strategy
The policy of our institution regarding the Erasmus Program, Functional reflected in the Integrated Center Project follows the following strategies:
- Improve the quality and enhance multilateral cooperation among higher education institutions and enterprises.
- Facilitate the development of innovative practices in education and training at tertiary level, and their transfer
- ICT use not only in the implementation of practices, but also in its follow-up through the platform moodle.
- Improve the quality and to increase the mobility of students and, in the future, of teachers in Europe. In the five years that we experience we have significantly increased the number of scholarship students, growing from less than 10 mobilities have 22 in the last call (2012/2013).
Following the strategies described, the objectives that our Erasmus students must achieve are:
- Improve the language skills of our students through immersion in the destination country. The minimum length of stay is three months, It may be extended up to one year.
- Increasing the employability of our students and that they fit the demands of the labor market at Community level. This objective is particularly important given the labor situation of our country, with a much higher unemployment rates than the average for the European Union.
- Acquiring specific attitudes and improve their understanding of the economic and social environment of the country concerned.
- Learn new working methods and business organization, making practices in which not only acquire technical knowledge, but also social and labor skills, such as adaptation to the environment, conflict management, Labor flexibility, assertiveness, empathy, etc.
Regarding the selection of collaborating partners employ the following ways:
- Institutes of Higher Education of member countries of the European Union with whom we cooperate in finding companies, accommodation and resolution of incidents that may arise in the development of practices. Such institutions are in Germany and France.
- Offers practical training received through our national agency (Autonomous Body of European Educational Programs).
- selective search through reliable websites. Once located companies, we get in touch with them via email.
- Collaboration of the candidates themselves in finding companies that meet their expectations.
- Contact international programs developed earlier in our Education Center ( "Leonardo", "Stays" and "Pirefop").
Countries with which we have worked so far are: Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, Ireland, UK and Croatia. In the future we would like to expand our network to other countries.
Regarding the groups targeted by the program, we note that being attached to the Erasmus Charter Standard, to date we have not mobilities of staff, We only managed those of students in the module "Training in Workplaces". In the future we plan to apply for staff mobilities. Also among our objectives include the implementation of a joint project with some of our partners and some face meeting to reinforce the work done remotely via moodle is necessary, e-mail and skype.
To do ask conducting preparatory visits, contact seminars or other formulas that allow us to expand the network of countries with whom we cooperate opening ourselves, where appropriate, countries newly incorporated.
Students who do the Erasmus program are those who have passed all the training modules of their cycle and to obtain the title of Senior Technician (Higher technician) must make a final module (FCT) consisting of a number of hours of labor practices in a the professional sector company. In this way, students perform outside our country the same program practices that companies should play in Spanish, both being equivalent. It would be interesting to extend the program to our students unemployed non-formal education.
In conclusion the priority of our Erasmus program shall be:
- Improve the employability of our students by extending it to the entire U.E.
- Contribute to improving the quality of higher education
- Promoting non-discrimination policies both gender and disability, or any other difference.
- institutional recognition of the Erasmus program in the curriculum of the student through means such as the Diploma Supplement.
- Advertise and promote the Erasmus Program through our website
Part 2 – Organization and implementation of projects
Our center has the Charter “standard”, so only we send students to companies or institutions of the European Union and associated countries to make equivalent practical training module in Workplaces, required by our legislation for the title. In this course 22 of our students of Superior Grade Training Cycles they are participating in this program in France, Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy and Croatia. However for the next course it is scheduled to apply for a collaborative project concerning “Employment opportunities in the European Union and Mobility” in collaboration with other European partners with whom we have been working for years and new ones.
In the educational project of our center has always been committed to participation in European programs as a differentiating factor for improving the employability of our students (accentuating this fact by converting into Integrated Vocational Training Center) considered a strong point within our strategy. Therefore originally it participated in Leonardo Programs, later “Formativos stays” and “PIREFOP” (Exclusive programs Aragon) and from the course 2007/08 Erasmus program with the increasing every year the number of mobilities.
As it regards collaboration with other European centers, We Commitment Letter “Roland Garros” (Toulouse), “Anne Veaute” (Castres), Schulzentrum S II Utbremen (Bremen). This assumes that we look for companies and accommodation for students and perform entrates accompaniment and monitoring them.
The center also meets regularly with a center of Calais to work on issues of transportation and logistics management. This cycle is also bilingual in English.
It has also been involved in the project PROVIDENCE compares to improve VET systems in Spain, Poland, Britain, Romania, Sweden and Iceland.
Part 3 – Impact
Mobility of students in Europe has always been one of our strengths and in the future we want to be a priority in our policy of continuous improvement. The impact we hope to achieve in relation to each of the five priorities of the modernization agenda of higher education is as follows:
1.Increasing the number of graduates of Higher Education:
As it is already happening, to offer the possibility of internships in other countries of the Union, students look more attractive our different training cycles and Higher Level are more motivated to obtain the degree.
Many of them from the first year have the idea of making their practices abroad and strive to get a good academic record and study languages to get a scholarship Erasmus.
2.Improve the quality and relevance of education and training of researchers, to equip graduates with the knowledge and transferable basic skills they need to succeed in high-skilled occupations.
With the new Erasmus mobilities letter we would like to get necessary for teachers to acquire knowledge about new working methods so we can transfer our students, and of course our students get a language immersion, social, cultural and work that allows them to successfully develop skilled jobs.
3.Provide more opportunities for students to gain additional skills through study or training abroad, and to promote cross-border cooperation to boost higher education performance.
Students who perform their practices outside Spain increased by increasing their employability and improve their language skills, social, techniques and be able to adapt to a new environment, to a new culture and new working methods. and we comply with the demands of companies that ask their workers not only "technical knowledge" but also flexibility, ability to manage conflicts, ability to lead and teamwork, good communication skills, Assertiveness and empathy.
4.strengthen the “knowledge triangle”, linking education, research and businesses.
The education, research and businesses can not be compartmentalized, They must be united. The practices, both in Spain and outside, allow the educational world (training and research) is in contact with the business world bearing in mind that is what this demand
5.Create effective governance and funding mechanisms in support of excellence.
Within our quality policy we try to meet the criteria of continuous improvement and pursuit of excellence. We have been increasing every year the number of mobilities going from five to twenty-two and our goal is to continue doing both qualitatively and quantitatively.