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…
Last 25th and 26th February, HETEL and OTEITZA LIZEO POLITEKNIKOA atended the third transnational meeting of the European project DTS. The project, born in the framework of the dual training system, aims to develop training materials addressed to VET teachers and it is facing its final stage.
The meeting took place in the facilities of our Portuguese partner, CENFIM, in Lisbon, where each partner presented and explained the works made in its country. The results achieved by each partner (BFW from Germany, , MPRC from Lithuania, West Brabant from the Netherlands, CENFIM from Portugal and HETEL, Oteitza LP and FFE from Spain) were put together during the meeting.
The hard work carried out the last 5 months has given place to the creation of didactic units and exercises which will be tested in the next weeks. Under HETEL´s leadership, teachers from VET centers will test and evaluate the materials in the 5 countries of the project. In the case of Spain, 10 teachers from HETEL´s centers will evaluate the materials in April.
At the same time, other 40 VET teachers from the rest of the countries will do the same so the materials can be adapted and improved during the next project meeting in Lithuania.
Dual Teaching Systems project results were presented during EfVET (www.efvet.org) 23rd annual conference held in Porto (22nd -25th October 2014). EfVET (European Forum for Vocational Education and Training) is a European-wide professional association which has been created by and for providers of technical and vocational education and training in all European countries. Over 200 members from organizations across Europe attended the conference.
DTS products were more specifically discussed and shared in two rounds of round tables that were attended by 26 delegates from different countries: Portugal, Denmark, Lithuania, Greece, Finland, The Netherlands, Spain and France. The implementation of the dual training system needs to promote some cultural & structural change in all the actors that are involved in the VET Systems, companies and teachers. DTS aims to develop the Key Pedagogical Competences needed by teachers to apply the DUAL TRAINING SYSTEM. The participants had the opportunity to see and discuss the Learning Outcomes that are being developed at the moment. All the participants were invited to visit the website (http://www.dualteachingsystem.eu ) and to access and freely use the products.
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.