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First mobility implemented in frame of the project Project „3, 2, 1 – Go! Investment in knowledge as a gate to professional success” behind us. Between 28th of October and 8th of November we hosted 22 students from Zespol Szkol Ponadpodstawowych im. J. Kochanowskiego in Wegrow. They are from different vocational profiles:

– economics technician – 12 people

– information technology technician – 10 people

To ensure proper safety and also substantive support, they were two teachers as a companying person. In cooperation with Greek mentors from our organization and from specific companies, they created learning-friendly environment. It was extremely important, especially that it was first foreign trip for majority of students. What is more, they had to get acclimatized to work properly and improve themselves as much as it is possible. It was very important for both organizations as this project is dedicated to young people and their personal development.

Students implemented 80 hours vocational internships. They were supposed to fulfill tasks and orders received from mentors who took care to combine their work with demanding’s of internship program. Students work individually and in mixed groups, depends on complexity of tasks. They had opportunity to feel as a part of the company. This experience can be reached on school workshops where they usually practice their skills. New experience, new knowledge and new skills will be great added value to their CVs. It was proven by few certificates which makes sure, that employers will know about their powers.

Important part of their stay in Greece was also cultural program with its trips and leisure time animations as Greek evening. We were happy to give them opportunity to get to know our culture better.

On the end of the mobility, we distributed project’s certificates. They will help participants in looking for a job in the future.  We also took part in the evaluation, which showed that project was not only well-planned, but also well-implemented. We are really happy that group came back home in good moods. We hope that second group will be also satisfied.

If you want to be updated with the project, please check facebook fanpage where you can find many photos and other interesting materials:  https://www.facebook.com/321-Start-Inwestycja-w-wiedzę-bramą-do-sukcesu-zawodowego

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Project „3, 2, 1 – Go! Investment in knowledge as a gate to professional success” [Polish title: „3, 2, 1 – Start! Inwestycja w wiedzę bramą do sukcesu zawodowego”] is directed at 50 students from Zespol Szkol Ponadpodstawowych im. J. Kochanowskiego in Wegrow, who are being educated in the following professions:

– economics technician – 12 people

– information technology technician – 10 people

– agribusiness technician – 8 people

– cook – 6 people

– vehicle mechanic – 6 people

– hairdresser – 8 people.

The objective of the project is the participation of the students in the vocational training in our country, in experienced Greek companies. Students will take part in the internship divided into two mobilities. Each group will be accompanied by school teachers to ensure the proper safety level:

– 1st mobility: 28.10-08.11 2019: 22 people + 2 teachers

– 2nd mobility: 19-29.05.2020: 28 people + 2 teachers.

The aim of the project is the development of professional competences of students, their knowledge and familiarization with the reality of work in international team. During the educational path in school students gain basic knowledge and skills but it is necessary to enrich it with supporting the improvement of practical skills. Taking into consideration bigger and bigger meaning of foreign markets the ability of participating in vocational training will constitute an additional advantage at local labor market. The development of school can also be qualified as the aim of the project. Our institution not only will establish international cooperation, but it will also improve its quality and methods of teaching. In long-term perspective the project will influence the development of polish, local labor market due to educating people characterized by high knowledge level and broad practical skills in chosen profession. Specific aims of the project can by qualified as:

– developing the ability of working in a group

– developing knowledge and skills concerning professional education of our students

– preparing participants for working in international teams

– developing knowledge concerning using English

– enhancing self-esteem of our students

– enhancing the opportunities of our students for gaining better employment after graduation

– improving school’s prestige in the region

– using good practices observed during the training in teaching

– developing the competences of teachers, as profession practitioners

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40 students of ZS im. W.S. Reymonta in Bren (24 students from the construction technician and 16 landscape architectures technician) came to Greece on 28th of October to start their two-week internships in frame of the project Development of young people through foreign internships”. In the mobility also 4 teachers have taken part. They were responsible for safety of the group, but also for support on different levels.

As it is second initiative in our cooperation, project implementation this time was much easier and more effective. We used to create before methods and models of communication, exchanging ideas and documents in order to ensure the best conditions for students who for the first time went abroad. Especially that they were working in Greece, not only visiting touristic places as people usually do. It demanded from all of us proper logistic and practical preparations which were made during almost 3 months period. We decided to give students opportunity to only develop themselves in scope of professional development, but also in scope of culture, attitudes and general knowledge. That’s why, despite the internship, they also took part in cultural program which was full of trips, history, great views and free time animations. After those activities students have known Greece much better, with its history, culture, habits and geography.

Cultural side was a big added value to the project. However, its most important part was internship which was implemented in cooperation with Fitoria Manosis-Tsakiridi and Efthimios Batalas. Those are important and well-known local companies, with recognized reputation in their fields. Students had opportunity to cooperate with experienced workers who were their mentors, responsible for distributing tasks, walkthroughs and other professional support needed. Teachers were also actively involved into process. Youngsters worked 8 hours per day in period of 12 days (10 working days + weekend). They carried their duties individually and in groups. They learnt how to work under pressure, to be on time and to be responsible for work outcome. They also gained a lot of knowledge connected to their professions, experience and new skills which help them in the future work. They found internship as a well-planned and great contribution to their personal development.

We hope that in following years we will have more students from ZS im. W.S. Reymonta in Bren as employers were really happy about their engagement and substantive background which helped them in daily work.

If you want to be updated with the project, please check facebook fanpage where you can find many photos and other interesting materials: https://www.facebook.com/Rozwój-młodzieży-poprzez-zagraniczne-staże-zawodowe

 

 

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The project „Development of young people through foreign internships” is addressed to 40 students of ZS im. W.S. Reymonta in Bren (24 students from the construction technician and 16 landscape architectures technician).  Mobility will take place between 28th of October and 8th of November 2019 and its main goal is to implement vocational internship for students.

During two-week internships students will work according to the program internship under the supervision of both Greek mentors who will be supported by teachers from school. The internship program was developed in cooperation with local entrepreneurs and both partners. The project was created in response to the need for school graduates to acquire professional, language and interpersonal skills that would enable for them to start their adult life. It is important because many of polish students come from families struggling with financial difficulties.

The goals and assumptions of the project are first and foremost: acquiring professional skills, going beyond the core curriculum of vocational education, improving language skills, personal and social competences, comparing methods of work organization and technologies used in the host country, learning about the culture and traditions of the host country or shaping a positive the image of the school in the local environment.

We are really happy to cooperate with ZS im. W.S. Reymonta in Bren for the second time. In 2017 we had a great project which involved 60 students and 6 teachers. They were really enjoying time in Greece and we hope that it can be repeated this time as well. It is second common initiative approved by Polish National Agency made in cooperation with us. 100 students from ZS im. W.S. Reymonta in Bren carried their internships in Greece already in total. All of them were organized by Georgikes Ekmetaleuseis & Training Services in cooperation with local companies.

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Between 14th and 25th of October 2019 we had pleasure to host 45 students who were accompanied by 4 teachers in San Pantaleimon Hotel. They came to Greece to carry their internship program in frame of “Professional internships as an opportunity for development for young people from the Powisle Dąbrowski region” project, which is implemented by Zespol Szkol im. K.K. Baczynskiego w Dabrowie Tarnowskiej In first mobility took part 14 students from each profile: Logistic Technician, Hospitaly Technician and IT Technician.

During their stay, student implemented 80 hours internship program in Greek, well-known companies. Hospitality Technician worked in San Pantaleimon Hotel, IT Technician worked in Wizcom OE, and Logistics Technician worked in Asos Karagiannis Sales & Logistics. Thanks to engagement of their mentors it was great opportunity to increase their chances on the labour market in the future. First of all they learned how to behave in real work-space and work under a pressure of time. Those are really experience which can be gained by having workshops in school. What is more, thay had opportunity to use or test skills and knowledge which they received from the school. They could also get some new which was also accomplished. To sum up, they got new experience, knowledge and skills which can’t be taken from school which is big added value of the project.

Work and learning were essential part of mobility, but there were also some fun and different kind of experience, also useful. Cultural programe created opportunity to get to know Greece better. Group has seen Meteora, Skaithos island, Old Pantaleimon, Leptokarya, Platamonas Castle. They also took part in Greek evening, full of dances, songs and typicall plays. History and culture of our country is not difficult for them anymore. It was also very important part of the project, which impacted students a lot. Especially that part of them have never been abroad.

On the end of the mobility, we distributed project’s certificates. They will help participants in looking for a job in the future.  We also took part in the evaluation, which showed that project were not only well-planned, but also well-implemented. We are really happy that group came back home in good moods. We hope that second group will be also satisfied.

If you want to be updated with the project, please check facebook fanpage where you can find many photos and other interesting materials: https://www.facebook.com/Staże-zawodowe-szansą-rozwoju-dla-młodzieży-z-regionu-Powiśla-Dąbrowskiego

 

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In the autumn (11.11.2019-22.11.2019), a foreign internship was carried out as part of the project entitled „Young people from SOSW in Szymbark actively improve their competences”, which is financed by the Erasmus+ sector Vocational Education and Training.

Within the framework of this project, a group of 20 students of SOSW in Szymbark, trained in the profession of gardening technician, agricultural technician, cook technician and hotel service assistant, carried out planned professional activities.

Students of these courses have completed mandatory apprenticeships, which are part of the programme. The main objective of the project was to create professional development opportunities for 20 students studying in the following fields: gardening technician, agricultural technician, cook technician and hotel service assistant, through the preparation and implementation in cooperation with partners from Greece of a 12-day foreign apprenticeship, as well as support for those participants who are facing the prospect of entering the labour market by creating opportunities for professional development, gaining new professional experience, raising general knowledge, increasing motivation to act and self-confidence.

As part of the mobility, there were also a number of optional excursions, which included a visit to the „airborne” monastery complex – The so-called Meteors, a Byzantine icon factory, a boat trip to Skiathos Island and a visit to Platamon Castle and the picturesque village of Paleos Panteleomonos as part of local attractions.

An important aspect of mobility was also the process of monitoring the practice by teachers and representatives of partner organisations, who checked the implementation of the internship programme, filling in project documents, such as practice diaries. Moreover, thanks to all the implemented measures, it was possible to assess the educational and practical training results, as well as to provide students with certificates and other documents confirming the acquired competences.

All participants in the project have acquired or developed their language competences, developed teamwork skills during the implementation of professional tasks, broadened cultural awareness and tolerance to cultural or racial differences. Their responsibility for their own development has also increased, as well as the development of entrepreneurship and social and professional activity.

Find out more about what happened during the project on the school’s Facebook fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/Młodzież-z-SOSW-w-Szymbarku-aktywnie-podnosi-swoje-kompetencje

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In the project „Conquering European practices from ZSZ Pułaski in Gorlice” (pl. “Podbój europejskich praktyk z ZSZ Pułaskiego w Gorlicach”) carried out between October and November 2019, was attended by a total of 40 students from ZSZ K. Pulaski in Gorlice, including 15 students studying construction techniques and 25 studying nutrition and food services. Additionally, four teachers were present during the trip, who acted as accompanying persons.

Among the learning outcomes that were acquired and/or developed by the project participants were both professional competences, targeted at each of the profiles – Building Technician and Nutrition and Food Service Technician – and general/social competences, which are similar for all participants, as they ensure equal opportunities and conditions for all pupils involved in the project. Within the professional competences developed by the participants:

Specific competences and professional skills acquired by students with a professional profile in Building:

– Knowledge of construction documentation (construction logbook, work schedule).

– Knowledge of material documents circulation, workers’ work accounting, acceptance of construction works.

– Knowledge and use of different types of equipment and building materials for work.

– Ability to perform construction works of raw state – building structures, reinforcement, assembly.

– Knowledge of the operation of the AUTOCAD program and the ability to perform projects in a computer program.

Specific competences and professional skills acquired by students with a professional profile in Nutrition and Food Service Technician:

– Knowledge of food storage principles.

– Ability to prepare semi-finished products for heat treatment.

– Ability to prepare menus.

– Knowledge of the principles of preparing food from milk and eggs, meat from slaughter animals and poultry, flour, dough and dessert.

– The ability to prepare lunch dishes.

– The ability to prepare flour dishes, dough for desserts, baking cakes and pastries.

– Ability to prepare local Greek dishes.

– The ability to prepare fish and seafood dishes, appetisers.

– Knowledge of how to prepare and display dishes and drinks. 

During the 12-day mobility they also had a rich cultural programme, allowing them to see with their own eyes the most beautiful places in Greece, such as the beautiful and picturesque island of Skiathos with the golden beach of Koukounaries. A magical place such as Meteors – a complex of monasteries built on rocks and local excursions to Panteleimon Castle, and to the stone enchanted village of Paleos Panteleomonos.

All participants in the project have acquired or developed their language competences – to use English in practice, have developed teamwork skills during the implementation of professional tasks, have broadened cultural awareness and tolerance to cultural or racial differences. Their responsibility for their own development has also increased, as well as the development of entrepreneurship and social and professional activity.

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On the begining of August we received very good information that our partner’s project got approved by polish National Agency. Project “Professional internships as an opportunity for development for young people from the Powisle Dąbrowski region” is implemented by Zespol Szkol im. K.K. Baczynskiego w Dabrowie Tarnowskiej. In frame of the project we will host 85 students and 8 teachers who will be divided into two mobilites. First will take place between 14thand 25th of October 2019 and second one between 18th and 29th of May 2020.

It will be second common project in frame of Operational Program Knowledge Education Development (pl. POWER). After success completion of project from 2017 we decided to carry on our good cooperation and create another chance for more students, who carry internship programe in Greek companies. It is great chance for them to gain experience, knowledge and new skills which will be very useful in their future work.

The main objective of the project „Professional internships as a development opportunity for young people from the Powiśle Dąbrowski region” is to increase mobility and competitiveness on the labor market of project participants and to improve the quality of our school education.

– improvement of foreign language skills among participants (especially improving language competences in areas related to work: specialist terms, contact with clients and work in an international team),

– raising the school’s reputation and enriching its educational offer with the possibility of going abroad for mobility,

– broadening the knowledge of participants about Greece, its culture, traditions, increasing their openness and tolerance,

– getting the school’s experience necessary for the implementation of further European projects,

– increasing the independence of students by expanding school education with the experience of working in new professional environments,

– equalizing the chances of school students (from a small town) in access to high-quality international educational experience.

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Between 11 and 22 November 2019, a group of 20 students from SOSW in Szymbark, studying gardening technician, farmer technician, cook technician and hotel service assistant, took part in a 12-day internship abroad, carried out as part of the project „Young people from SOSW in Szymbark actively improve their competences”.

During this time, the project participants implemented an apprenticeship programme, improving their existing professional skills, but also gaining new experience.

The Cook Technician has acquired such professional skills as:

– learning the principles of operation of the catering facilities and their equipment;

– getting to know the service activities of local catering establishments;

– getting to know the principles of rational nutrition;

– the ability to work in different positions – cook, kitchen assistant;

– getting to know the principles of serving and serving meals;

– getting to know the rules and procedures of serving a restaurant guest;

– getting to know the principles and process of preparing a restaurant room;

– getting to know the principles of work schedule preparation at different workstations – restaurant, kitchen, kitchen helper

The gardener technician has acquired such professional skills as:

– learning about the principles of gardening equipment and its purpose;

– designing, implementing and maintaining the arrangement of hotel gardens;

– getting to know the principles of performing care and sowing treatments;

– getting to know the principles of arrangement of green areas depending on their location and purpose;

– ability to perform care work on shrubs, trees, green areas;

– getting to know the principles of gardening crop storage;

– to learn the principles of operation of chemicals used in cultivation and plant protection

A agricultural technician has acquired such professional skills as:

– getting to know machines and equipment for cultivation, sowing, fertilization, plant care;

– planning and organizing the plant and animal production process on the farm;

– the ability to select crop treatments for the crop, including the use of methods to prevent and control diseases, pests and weeds and the use of chemical preparations.

– ability to carry out appropriate work in livestock production using machinery and equipment,

– ability to plan and organise the plant and animal production process on the farm.

A hotel service assistant has acquired such professional skills as:

– getting to know the rules of hotel guest service;

– getting to know and performing types of cleaning work;

– to learn the principles of taking care of guests’ belongings and property in accordance with regulations and applicable standards;

– to get acquainted with the service activities of local hotel establishments;

– the ability to work in different positions in the hotel restaurant;

– getting to know the techniques of serving and dispensing dishes and drinks;

– getting to know the principles of preparing and serving hotel meals with the use of equipment and auxiliary devices;

– getting to know the principles of selecting tableware and cutlery for selected dishes;

– getting to know the principles of accepting and fulfilling orders for restaurant services;

– ability to work in different positions during housekeeping;

In addition, participants had the opportunity to take part in a cultural programme implemented in cooperation with the institutions involved. During the two days of the weekend, students had the opportunity to visit the complex of monasteries built on the rocks of the so-called Meteors, a cruise with Captain Kostas and the crew of Elizavet Cruises to the picturesque island of Skiathos. And during local excursions and walks they could see Platamon Castle as well as the village enchanted in the stone Paleos Panteleimonos.

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The European project of foreign internships in Greece has started!

On 28.10-8.11.2019, a group of students from Zespół Szkół im. Kazimierz Pulaski in Gorlice studying the professions of Building Technician and Nutrition and Food Service Technician had a professional internship as part of the Project entitled „Conquering European Practices with ZSZ Pulaski in Gorlice”. The Conquest of European practices with ZSZ Pułaski in Gorlice, which is financed by the European Commission, granted by the National Agency of the PO WER Programme, VET sector.

A group of students educated in the fields of building technician and nutrition and food service technician, to whom the project activities are directed, for 12 days implemented the apprenticeship programme in accordance with the main assumptions of the project and the core curriculum of both fields. The aim of the internship was to develop skills within the profession, use theoretical knowledge in practice and learn about the specifics of work in enterprises. The course of the internship was supervised by trained staff consisting of mentors and instructors from the ZSZ in Gorlice, a Greek organization and companies selected for cooperation.

The Building Technician has become acquainted in practice with, among others

– techniques of performing construction works in Europe,

– the use of new tools and technologies in the construction area,

– recognition of technologies used in the company with particular attention paid to modern technological and material solutions,

– improve the practical application of theoretical knowledge combined with practice,

– recognize the devices, tools and equipment used, among other things, for carrying out surveying works, earthworks, raw state works, finishing works and external works,

– analyzed the specificity of work on real job positions in the profession.

The Nutrition and Food Service Technician has become acquainted in practice with, among others

– preparation of semi-finished products and food ingredients for further processing,

– decorating dishes, platters, tables and restaurants

– working in the restaurant at various positions: table setting, bringing ordered dishes, cleaning tables

– work in the kitchen at various positions: cooking soups, preparing dishes, preparing desserts, preparing drinks and regional cuisine.

As part of the cultural program, the students visited the monastery complex called Meteors, visiting the icon factory on their way. During a boat trip with Captain Kostas and the crew of Elizabeth Cruises they went on a fantastic cruise to Skiathos Island. On the ship there was time to have fun and learn typical Greek dances.

Due to the daily work of the apprenticeship, the participants could practice English and Greek. And at the end of the internship, the trainees received certificates confirming their acquired skills.

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