The last 27th and 28th of May took place in Marijampoles (Lithuania) the last transnational meeting of the DTS – Dual Teaching System project, co-financed by the EC through the Lifelong Learning Programme, Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation sub programme and coordinated by HETEL.
During this last transnational meeting the discussion was focused on the results of the test sessions carried out in each project country (Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Lithuania and Spain) to ensure the quality of the training materials addressed to Dual VET teachers, which have been developed during the project. All in all, 50 VET teachers have evaluated the materials and based on these results, the project partners will adapt the materials to ensure their highest quality and usability. The adaptation and translation of the materials are the last activities of the DTS project, which will conclude next September 2015.
The project partners also had the opportunity to visit the Municipality of Marijampoles, where they met several authorities, such as the Mayor, Mr. Vidmantas Brazys, the Vice Mayor, Mrs. Irena Lunskiene and the Director of the Department of Education, Culture and Sport, Mr. Vygandas Dilys, who showed great interest in the results of the project.
In the framework of the European project “DTS-Dual Teaching System”, VET teachers from Lithuania, Portugal and the Basque Country traveled to the Netherlands in April for a study visit to know firsthand how the dual VET system works in the Dutch country and how is the relation between companies and VET centers.
HETEL, which coordinates the project, sent teachers from three of its VET centers: Mondragon Eskola Politeknikoa, Egibide y Oteitza Lizeo Politeknikoa.
During the visit, the participants could compare the different education systems in their countries, with a special focus on dual VET and they visited the facilities of the Markiezaat College (Bergen, the Netherlands), as well as the facilities of some companies of the region which cooperate with the center.
The most remarkable aspect of the visit was to check the high level of cooperation between the business world and the VET world in the Netherlands. For instance, to enforce the implementation of dual VET, the companies which take part in the system receive fiscal benefits. As a proof of the high commitment of companies with the VET system, most of the machinery available in the College has been provided by business associations. As for the role of the VET centers, they also provide services to companies, especially to SMEs, such as accountancy or the possibility to rent their machinery for hours. A brand new world…
HETEL participated in the Dual Teaching System transnational meeting in Hamburg the 3rd and 4rd of June with the rest of the project partners: BFW from Germany, CENFIM from Portugal, FFE from the Basque Country, CMPR from Lithuania and Oteitza Lizeo Politeknikoa from the Basque country. Also in this meeting the new partner of the project was presented: West Brabant College from the Netherlands.
These two days the interviews about methodologies used in the Dual VET by teachers from each country were analysed and overall conclusions were agreed.
The last day 5 Learning Outcomes were selected to be developed by September. These will be the first step in achieving the necessary teaching material for the future European Dual VET teachers.
Two teachers from HETEL (Basque Country), Ainhoa Txopitea from Laudioko Lanbide Heziketa School and Aitor Aspiroz from Oteitza Lizeo Politeknikoa School went to Lithuania to take part in a Focus group as part of the working plan in DTS – Dual Teaching System Leonardo TOI project. This working meeting took part on the 25th of March in MPRC school, Marijampolé (Lithuania).
The agenda of this meetings includes at first the identification of trends, needs and problems of Vocational Education Training in a DUAL Training system in every nation, and second, the identification of best Teaching and Pedagogical Methods used by VET teachers in the Dual Training system.
The conclusions of this meeting will be shared in Germany among the other partners and their results will be deal in June 2014, and then, shared into a National Report.