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.
Under the Dual Teaching System Project a group of 5 teachers from HETEL has developed two innovative methodologies. These methodologies were presented in Lithuania last month to a group of teachers there. This month the work was brought to 2 teachers from the German bfw school who came to Oteitza Lizeo Politeknikoa.
On June 3th in Hamburg are to agree the proposals of all the project partners and the teaching methods to be developed and launched in the European Dual Training will be agreed.
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.
In a scenario of unemployment crisis, VET systems must be key actors to improve the employment rates of youngsters. One of the key factors in this scenario is the close collaboration between the VET Systems & the COMPANIES, through the implementation of DUAL TRAINING SYSTEM.
The implementation of DUAL SYSTEM needs to promote some cultural & structural change in all the actors that are involved in the VET Systems:
companies need to assume their important role as employer & they need to be opener to a new collaboration pathways with VET schools.
…but also TEACHERS must change the way they teach & develop some “new” INFORMAL key pedagogical Skills.
In fact, the TEACHERS must:
Teach in a different pedagogical way.
Master some specific & adapted teaching methodologies.
Ensure that students gain the competences established in the curricula through close collaboration with companies.
Develop the Key Pedagogical Competences needed to apply the DUAL TRAINING SYSTEM.
In this project we aim at:
Favoring a closer contact between the Companies and the VET system.
The creation of new teaching and learning scenarios and methodologies allowing the VET teachers to develop the necessary KEY PEDAGOGICAL Skills & TEACHING methods adapted to the DUAL TRAINING SYSTEM.
Ensuring learning mechanisms improving the rates of transference of what has been learnt in the classroom to the working post; improving the way from CAPACITY (what has been learnt) to COMPETENCE (what is used).