Workshops

WS1 INTERNATIONALISATION OF VET

This workshop organised and moderated by NUFFIC & Thematic Team focuses on internationalisation at home and in particular on eTwinning. It will highlight why I&H is an unmissable component of a student’s educational background and how eTwinning could be used as a tool to create a fruitful international collaboration. In this session insightful best practices of a VET school will be shared, including tips and tricks on how to start a successful eTwinning activity. As the world around us has become increasingly interconnected and technology has become a permanent tool in a student’s life, I&H serves as an excellent starting point for students to obtain the necessary skills and competences to live in an international and intercultural world. In a job market which is also increasingly becoming globalised, I&H will set the tone for students to be engaged in activities that will simulate their world as adult workers. VET schools offer excellent backdrops for I&H in the various sectors of employment. Using eTwinning as a hub of activity, I&H will assist teachers to communicate, collaborate, develop and share projects with other VET colleagues across Europe.

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Tibby van Dijk

Tibby (MA) is currently working for the Dutch organization for internationalization:Nuffic. She is a project officer for the online European platform ‘eTwinnng’. eTwinningis théonline community for schools in Europe. By using eTwinning teachers can giveall students the opportunity to gain an international experience (without travelingabroad) and be prepared for an international working environment.

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Nilay Avar

Nilay has beenworking for 4 years at the Dutch organization for internationalisation:Nuffic.Nuffic’s ambition is to prepare students for the internationally oriented labourmarket and multicultural society.For this it is important that all students have theopportunity to acquire international competences during the studyperiod.Internationalisation at home can contribute to this

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Andre Schoonhoven

Andre Schoonhoven (Head of the International Office of Da Vinci College)

Working at Da Vinci College for 20 years as a teacher, tutor and coordinator of the International Office. Always involved in international activities. Before Da Vinci College I worked as a social worker in the care of people with addiction and in Child Care. I organize and coordinate KA2 projects and the office is organizing student and staff mobility, both incoming as outgoing. Responsibilities are the international strategy of the college, implementing the strategy, networking to keep Da Vinci in the front line of a high-quality VET colleges.

“We have to consider that the future of international collaboration has to be more environmentally friendly”.

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Andrea Lombardi

Andrea Lombardi, 37 years old, Italian. He graduated in foreign languages and literatures at Bologna University in 2006, with one year student exchange at Sussex University (UK). In 2007 he spent 8 months at the Department of International Relations of CIDJ, the French National Youth Information Centre in Paris , where he shaped his professional background in International mobility projects and strengthened his language skills to be able to work fluently in English, French and Spanish. He returned to Italy and joined Uniser in 2008, since then he fully dedicated his professional life to the development of international mobility services for Vocational Education and Training. He became the CEO of the cooperative in 2015, taking care of the general management and leading its Innovation department.

WS2 Digital Learning

In an age in which technology dominates practically all the sphere of life, digital learning is the new language of education and training. The objective of this workshop is to share knowledge between VET schools and colleagues on the impact of digital technology on learning and its impact of developing skill sets that are relevant to the world of employment. With industry 4.0 taking centre stage in all future trends of production and service provision, students need to grasp the added value of digital learning and translate its universal value in prospects of employability. In various VET Colleges and schools digital learning is already part and parcel of curriculum development and programme delivery. The workshop will share such experiences with the scope of linking initiatives between VET provision and exchange of expertise and teachers who have had already a positive impact on skills development through digital learning. The involvement of companies and VET schools in advanced automation, 3D print, cloud computing, computer powered skills need analysis will be further explored and shared with participants of this workshop.

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Iñigo Araiztegui

Iñigo Araiztegui holds a Degree in Philosophy, a master’s degree in teaching, and a master’s degree in philosophy science and Values. He has worked as a teacher and as a project manager at the Internationalisation Department of Tknika where, among other things, he has coordinated teacher mobility programmes and innovation projects funded by different European Programmes. He is also in charge of representing Tknika in different international VET networks such as EfVET (European Forum of Vocational Education and Training), TA3 (Transatlantic Technology and Training Alliance), UNEVOC or WFCP (World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics).

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Panagiotis G. Anastassopoulos

Having a degree on Mathematics from University of Patras he possesses good knowledge of IT development especially web2.0 applications. With more than 16 years of experience in innovative business and IT consulting, gained knowledge about both digital sales and advertising and their appliance to the modern business environment, using methods offered by new technologies and informatics. Specific experience in IT, through web developing, Application Engineering and Social Media administrating.

Speaking fluently the English and Italian language and having the basic knowledge in Spanish language he is the National Representative of EfVET in Greece since the end of 2013. Also, a member of the ET2020 Working Group for Innovation and Digitalization.

He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (from Hellenic Open University). With considerable experience in managing national and transnational projects from South East Europe to Erasmus+ and NSRF he is as effective as needed. His business and marketing background in management and mentoring specially start-up’s and existing SME’s and unemployed people guarantees their successful first steps in business highways. Financial control management in European co-funding projects in sectors like extraversion of Greek SME’s, young entrepreneurship and rural development. Counsellor to a Social Enterprise and to many training projects.

Now co-owner and general director of “p-consulting.gr”, a fresh company with modern dynamics.

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Tibor Dőri

Tibor Dőri is the director of Euro-Contact Business School (higher VET provider offering professional qualifications and MBA). The school was the formal sole partner of OUBS UK between 1989 and 2012. He was a tutor of OUBS UK in Hungary at HR, marketing, change and strategy management. He has taught senior and top managers for 30 years. Coach, trainer and senior consultant in strategy, organisational development, change management and marketing.

Expert of adult education, developing corporate university, dual education, ICT supported distance/blended teaching, e-learning.  He represented Hungary in the board of EADTU (European Association of Distance Teaching Universities) between 2005 and 2010. Founder of Hungarian Virtual University Network and Association for Hungarian Digital Education (AHDE)

As the senior TEL consultant of AHDE responsible for:

  1. continuous professional development of 1000 Hungarian math and science elementary, secondary and VET teachers of 1300 schools in Hungary to use ICT/GeoGebra/digital tools and gamification in the classroom teaching;
  2. running supporting and mentoring system of TEL;
  • developing and running a “Community of Practice”: a virtual social network and knowledge sharing community of the STEAM teachers and headmasters;
  1. running OD workshops/training for the headmasters about developing digital learning culture in the schools

Member of the Steering Committee of EfVET, Member of CEDEFOP working group called “Learning Providers and the challenge of Technology enhanced learning (TEL): enhancing teachers‘ and trainers‘ skills.

COO Association for of Hungarian Digital Education.

WS3 School-Enterprise relationship

Work-based learning is at the heart of VET. This workshop aims at gathering VET providers whose training approaches is based on students producing real products for real customers in the same locality or region and those who promote apprenticeship programmes across many of their education and training courses. The relationship between schools and enterprise today is necessary to ensure that the speed of change in industry seeps through the education and training structures in VET schools and Colleges. Without this relationship, schools will be cut off from the real world of work and risk preparing students for a world of work of employment which doesn’t exist anymore. Apprenticeship programmes are also putting at risk the knowledge and experience of teachers and mentors in vocational schools and colleges. The experience gained by students in apprenticeship programmes must be complimented with bespoke teacher training programmes in industry. Teachers in VET cannot afford to lose contact with industry. The workshop will aim at sharing some of the experiences teachers had had following students after an apprenticeship programme or a prolonged experience in industry. Will the link with industry transform learners and teachers into real partners in education and training? This is the challenge that VET schools and colleges will face when large number of their learners are exposed to real work in real work environments. Meeting this challenge is one of the frontiers of the future of VET.

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Domingos Borges

Domingos Alberto de Aguiar Borges is CEO of The Fundation of Vocational Training of Praia da Vitóriaand Principal of it´s Vocational training School Vice-President of ANESPO.

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Rui Pereira Caeiro

Graduated in 1998 in Industrial Engineering and Management from ISCTE-IUL. He attended the specialization degree in Hospital Administration at the National School of Public Health, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. In 2009, he completed the Advanced Executive Management Program (PAGE) at Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

He held municipal functions as Parish Assembly and Executive Member, and he was also Municipal Assembly and Deputy Councilor member in Lisbon City Hall.

He was a member of the Board of the Portuguese Professional Football League and the European Multisports Club Association. And he is at present member of the General Assembly of the Portuguese Football Federation.

Developed his professional activity in the area of ​​Operations of Telecommunications, Distribution and Logistics companies, having worked in various management areas at Optimus, Exel, Oniway, DHL and CTT. In addition to this, he provided technical advice to the Lisbon City Hall, Hospital de Santa Maria and the Portuguese Institute of Oncology. He was Chief Operating Officer and board member of Sporting Clube de Portugal.

He is currently Secretary General of FLAV – Luís António Verney Foundation and Operations  Director of Grupo Ensinus.

WS4 Higher VET and Apprenticeship Programmes

Higher VET and apprenticeship programmes will inevitably exemplify the added value that Level 5 and higher qualifications (Levels 6, 7 and 8) will have in higher education institutions outside the traditional university structures. Learning by doing will cease to be exclusively attached to lower qualifications in any qualification’s framework. Already several universities and in particular universities of applied science attach particular attention to practical work experiences in sectors such as those of engineering, architecture, care, teacher training, social work, design, business and enterprise and the creative arts among others. The aim of this workshop is to further the understanding of HVET (particularly EQF Levels 5 and 6) within the context of apprenticeship programmes but more importantly within the framework of learning professional skills and acquiring competences required by regulated professions. Panellists and participants will be given the opportunity to share their experience of VET provision at Levels 5 and 6 through apprenticeship programmes or other learning experiences attached to work-based learning in real or simulated workplaces. With the advancement of technology and new work practices, learning on the workplace will have no limits and no boundaries. VET schools and Colleges are being challenged to create not simply a rapprochement between the world of E&T and the world of work but of a two-tier system in which work, and education overlap continuously.  At the heart of this workshop lies the objective of pushing VET to higher levels of skill acquisition where jobs will be in demand much more than at lower levels of competence.

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Stylianos Mavromoustakos

Dr. Stylianos Mavromoustakos is a PhD holder in Chemistry since 1991. He worked for 10 years as teacher of Chemistry and as the Head Teacher of Pascal English School. In 2003 he became the Director of the Training and Development Unit of Intercollege. Since then he has been involved both as a partner and coordinator in numerous European projects and programs. He has long experience in project management, program design and implementation. Since January 2008 Dr. Mavromoustakos took on the position of Executive Director of Intercollege Nicosia and Intercollege Larnaca since 2014. From 2015 to 2019 he was also the Executive Director of the Maritime Academy Cyprus. His current role is the Development Director of the University of Nicosia.  In 2006 he was elected Vice President of the European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (EfVET).

 

He has been invited to and has participated in numerous occasions in forums for Vocational Education and Training, Quality Assurance, Learning Outcomes etc. Dr Mavromoustakos, since September 2013 is one of the Cyprus European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) National Experts and National Expert to the Minister of Education and Culture for the establishment of the National Qualifications Framework in Cyprus since January 2013. He was also a member of the ECVET User Group and Working Group, representing the European Association on VET Education from January 2013 – June 2016. He was appointed by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission as a member of the expert group “Platform of European Associations of vocational education and training (VET) providers” for the period January 2015 to January 2017. Since May 2017, he is a member of European Qualifications Framework (EQF) Working group representing the Vocational Education and Training providers.

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Victoria Thompson

Victoria Thompson has worked for Bridgwater & Taunton College for over 7 years, where she started by completing an apprenticeship in Business & Communication.  In more recent years she has taken on her current role- European Project Development Co-ordinator in the Erasmus+ Team.

Her main responsibilities consist of managing KA1 and KA2 projects by working with students and our Curriculum Teams.  Effectively dealing with external partners to establish work placement, job shadowing and new projects for staff and students is something she is always keen to undertake.

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Jonathan Harding

I am Jon Harding, the UK national representative in the EfVET Steering Group Committee.

My education consist of a degree in Education and Training. I work as an External Funding & Bid Manager for European projects at Bridgwater and Taunton College. The College has an excellent reputation both regionally and nationally as a highly successful provider of education and training. I have over 21 years’ experience of vocational teaching and training across all levels of education. My current role has been to develop European strategy for all sectors across college, engaging all departments to be involved in KA1, KA2 and KA3 projects.

WS5 Industry, Innovation and E&T 4.0

Innovation and E&T are becoming synonymous in VET provision. No VET school, college or University will remain relevant and competitive unless it invests heavily in research and sustainable innovation. Technology is systematically empowering learners and teachers with new knowledge, new skills and new opportunities for learning and working. At risk are the programmes of study and education and training that VET schools and colleges manage year in year out. The scope of this workshop is to focus on training programmes and the pace with which industry is rapidly changing the world of work. Is there enough leeway between the developments in industry and the developments in VET schools and colleges? Is E&T 4.0 real or simply a cliché to outwardly show that education is moving at a slower but steady pace with industry? Where do VET schools and colleges stand when speaking of sustainable innovation? In teaching entrepreneurship are schools enterprising enough? In addressing these questions, panellists and participants will share their experiences but will also recommend steps that authorities need to take to bring VETR schools and colleges at par or close to developments within industry and other places of work. This workshop will bring up recommendations that will elicit authorities at European and national levels to walk the talking and invest seriously in VET provision.    

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Kari Puumalainen

Kari Puumalainen is the director of Ylä-Savo Municipal Federation of Ecucation and also the principal of Ylä-Savo Vocational College. He has worked over 25 years in different positions in development and management of vocational education. He has worked in several national and European level projects as a project leader or member of steering groups. Formerly he has worked as the development director of Upper Savo Development Company Ltd where his responsibility among other things was to activate the use of different Structural Funds programmes in the Region of Ylä-Savo.

Kari Puumalainen has a master’s degree in philosophy (M.Sc.) from the University of Eastern Finland. His majors were computer science, business economics and vocational education He is specialized in vocational education and training and the role of VET in regional development and economic strength of enterprises. Kari Puumalainen is a Finnish representative in the EFVET Steering Committee since October 2016.

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Vibeke Nørgaard

Vibeke Holtum Bendix Nørgaard is Head of International Relations at Technical Education Copenhagen, a large vocational school in Greater Copenhagen, Denmark. Vibeke has worked with education and internationalization for more than 25 years nationally and internationally in various ways, from student and apprentice exchange, staff development through international experiences, project- and partnerships, expert role and during the latest years strategic implementation of internationalization in the school and educational export.

Vibeke is member of the EfVET Steering Committee.

WS6 The future workplace and key competences

The ILO report on Work for a brighter future (2019) proposes a human-centred agenda for the future of work that strengthens the social contract by placing people and the work they do at the centre of economic and social policy and business practice. Among the proposals lie three overarching recommendations namely an increase in investment in people’s capacities, an increase in investment in the institutions of work and an increase in investment in decent and sustainable work. The aim of this workshop is to explore to what extent VET schools and Colleges play a role in achieving these objectives. Talk on the future of work has been going on for quite some time. This report is one of the most comprehensive approaches to a reality which starts from education and training and finishes at places of work and in a new rapport between industry and VET provision. Panellists and participants will be asked to share experiences of investment in VET provision (people’s capacities), investment in institutions of work and investment of decent and sustainable work as platforms for the attractiveness of VET. The future workplace will be one in which robots will work side-by-side with human capital. To what extent is this reality being addressed in VET provision and with the active participation of businesses and modern work environments? If this relationship is strong then VET provision continues to attract. If on the other hand this rapport is weak or inexistent then VET will continue to repel rather than attract. The bottom line is serious investment. Is this really on the political agenda at European and national level?

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Raimo Sivonen

Raimo Sivonen has worked in Vocational education and training already 26years. Started as a teacher and then department manager, international manager, development manager and the last 11 years as a principal in Kainuu Vocational College. Before his career in Vocational Education and training he has worked in different positions in municipal development and administrative services several years. Raimo Sivonen has been participated in EFVET actions since year 2000.In EFVET he has been Finnish Member in Steering Committee and a member of Executive Team asTreasurer for 7 years between 2009 to 2016. In 2017 he was awarded as a Honorary member of EFVET. Raimo Sivonen has also been the Vice President of IVETA (InternationalVocational Education and TrainingAssociation) in years 2005–2010. Raimo Sivonen has been a member of executive Team of Finnish Vocational Leaders Association (SAJO ry) since 2017.

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Gaby Tinnemeier

Gaby Tinnemeier is the head of a vocational school with various branches settled in Soltau, Germany, Lower Saxony. With about thirteen years of experience in school management she deals with all aspects of change management especially personal management, quality management and of course development of VET. To help students cross the border between general and vocational education she implemented a wide ranged program of orientating practical. Focussed on integration and inclusion as outstanding target agreements she applied for a school trial in cooperation with a cooperative comprehensive school.

She considers VET networking in Europe t to be most inspiring and at the same time most important. She is a trained hairdresser, vocational teacher and school book author.