IES Juan José Calvo Miguel is a small but very active secondary and vocational training public school which aspires to contribute to the improvement of its social and cultural environment through free-thinking and critical education of individuals, through the development of democratic values and respect towards society and nature. The school is located in an socio-economically depressed area in the heart of the mining and industrial region of Asturias which, due to the current recession we are undergoing in Asturias and the lack of adaptation to new productive industries, is dramatically suffering the consequences of the crisis, translating into high rates of unemployment and an aging population because of young people’s necessity to move out of the area in order to look for job opportunities which they can’t find there. The school is a medium size school with around 400 hundred students and 45 teachers offering compulsory secondary education, upper secondary education and higher education (Development of Multi-Platform Applications). Due to the already mentioned socio-economic conditions of the area, most of our students can be considered disadvantaged in one way or another, so great efforts are made in order to encourage flexibility, creativity, innovation and community integration through specific programmes developed for the students but also for parents. As part of these efforts, IES Juan José Calvo Miguel has started developing and participating in programmes to further our students’ chances to either transition to the job market or face higher studies (both university and vocational training) with the best possible preparation. Thus, the institution has recently open to internationalisation by achieving the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education with the intention of sending VET students abroad for their in-job training and also participating in Erasmus+ Youth and Strategic Partnership projects. In addition to this, school programmes have been recently launched to collaborate with companies in the surrounding area (like Capgemini, who will act as consultant for this project) and the local employment services to help bringing education and the job market closer, mainly for our VET students but also for the rest of the students, by targeting key job-related competences and skills to be developed in class as transversal skills.
The Budapesti Kommunikációs és Üzleti Főiskola is the largest privately owned higher education institution in Hungary. Our degrees are state-recognized. The number of our students is about 8 000. We have 4 campuses in Budapest and one in the southern part of Hungary, Hódmezővásárhely. Our college has a wide range of BA and MA studies in the fields of business, marketing, arts, media, communication and tourism. In fact, we are one of the largest educational institutions, that offers courses related to the creative industries in Hungary. Also, as adult education provider, we regularly organize short term trainings for the SME sector, on which we develop communication and negotiation skills, time management, project management skills, creative thinking, etc. We’ve established good cooperation with the main actors of the labour market (chamber of commerce, labour offices, public administration, multinational companies, and media). Our Adult Education Academy has the task to coordinate all the courses and trainings. We have about 1 000 adult learners yearly, some of them belong to disadvantaged social groups.
The adult school CEPA Río Tajo is a state-run institution which deals with students over 18 years of age. It was created more than 25 years ago and it is the only one of this category in the area of Talavera de la Reina, a town belonging to the province of Toledo, with a population of about 80.000 inhabitants. The school has an average of 1500 each academic year most of which aiming at getting their GCSE. Our courses range from pseudo-literacy for those students who need to acquire the most basic skills in order to face Secondary Education to preparing them to take the free exam of upper secondary education. We have Vocational Training courses which are very demanded in the town, Secondary Education for adults (both on spot and distance learning), computing, English and French are foreign language, Our institution is considered in many cases as a second-chance school since many of the students we deal with are regular school drop-outs, others are those who ended the official studies needed at their time but now find that without the secondary Education certificate they have nothing and they cannot accede to the labour market. The current situation of economic recession has taken them to even risk social exclusion. A great number of students live in the surrounding villages and are enrolled in the Distance Learning mode, and sometimes encounter difficulties to attend lessons.Others are students who could not finish their studies in other institutions since they have special education needs. The unemployment rate among our students is very significant.
Hasan Fatma Önal Anatolian High School is a secondary school that started education in 2005. Being located on the outskirts of Kusadasi district of Aydın province on the Western shore of Turkey, our school currently has 295 students. Our students are being educated under the national curriculum of the Ministry of Education and most of them are included in the group that can be classified as economically and socially disadvantaged. They are between the ages of 15-19 and they significantly suffer from lack of motivation and key competences in both their daily lives and educational lives mostly resulting from their ages. Considering the attainments that they are supposed to get from school, this lack of motivation and key competences create a significant obstacle. The socio-economic conditions of our students are also in the low-middle class. In addition, the fact that we are living in a favorite tourist destination, their parents work for long hours during the summer months, there are too many broken families and some of our students work in different touristic facilities during summer. This condition, inevitably causes further lack of motivation at school and may sometimes cause early school leaving. Again as a result of being located in a favorite tourist destination, there are too many permanently resident foreigners in our city and thus we have many students from different cultures. Thus, it is an obligation for us to improve the internationalisation of our institution. There are 26 teachers and 2 administrators in our school. All our teachers are very eager to keep up with the new technologies, continuously changing student profiles and the updated curricula. In our quality management activities, since the establishment of our school, we are running the total quality management program. In addition to this, this year, we have started applying a new provincial project called “Quality is Our Job”. Within the scope of our quality management activities, we have developed teams for the purposes of improving the education and training in our school, improving the social skills, motivation, creativity and key competences of our students, training our staff as regards to innovative teaching methods etc. These teams include “Development of Education Team”, “In-service Training Team”, “Social Activities Team”, “EU Projects and ICT Team”. All these teams are working under our quality management and School Development and Administration activities. Our school gives significant importance to the use of innovative methods and communication technologies in education. Within this context, we applied “interactive smart boards” in all our classes. We are working to encourage our staff to use this technology in their lessons and improve their ICT competences.
The Cork Education and Training Board was established through the amalgamation of the City of Cork Vocational Education Committee and Cork County Vocational Education Committee. The Board has a vast amount of experience and proven track record in meeting the educational needs of the area under its remit. It provides a comprehensive range of education services throughout the Cork County area. Our service encompasses Second Level Schools, Further Education Colleges, Apprenticeship Training, Adult and Community Education, Literacy Support and Youth Support Services. St. John’s Central College is a college of Further Education and Training, run by the Cork Education and Training Board, situated close to the centre of Cork city. We have over twenty years experience in the Further Education sector. Our reputation has been established as one of the leading educational and training colleges in the South, with a strong focus on the technological, design and services industry sectors. Our range of courses include Veterinary Nursing, a suite of Information Technology Courses, Art and Design, Tourism, Hairdressing, Film / Video Production, Photography, Multimedia studies, Design, Art, Musical Instrument Making, Mechanical Engineering and Motor Maintenance. Our courses are student-centred, dynamic and are designed to meet current market needs. They are a response to the demand for flexible job orientated training and education. Our courses are validated by the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) at level 5 and 6, and offer progression on to third level courses as well as directly to employment. Our courses are open to both male and female applicants. Students are 18+ years of age, with approximately 40% of students being over 23 years of age. We have a strong work experience programme that forms an integral part of all college courses. People of all ages and abilities are enrolled at the College. The college also had a significant deal of experience in working with disadvantaged students. many of our students come from disadvantaged groups including the long term unemployed, early school leavers, lone parents. Some of these students are supported through government schemes such as the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme and the Back to Education Initiative. The college has strong support services in place to help these students achieve their full potential through education.
Volkshochschule für den Landkreis Regen (Vhs) is a community center of adult and youth education. Vhs provides courses for the general public in the fields of culture, vocational training, languages and health. Our institution provides a wide range of offers for disadvantaged people to help them stay in or reintegrate into the society. Target groups are migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, people coming from the regular school without certification, older people and unemployed people. Special trainings in the field of intercultural competences is one of the most important topics. Vhs offers also courses for immigrants and other social disadvantaged people. We are educating and training disadvantaged young people at the age of 15 – 20 in pre-vocational training courses. These are young people who have left school with a lot of disadvantages and they haven’t been successful in finding a job because of this. We instruct and educate them and we organize practical trainings in different companies and various jobs. We teach them soft skills, modern technologies and social media competences. We also train adults, mainly unemployed people, in these fields. Here we teach groups of students to prepare them for specific professions such as nursing professions, sales workers, office vocations or trade and craft professions. In this project VHS Regen will act as a partner organization. We will ensure that the German students play an active role in planning, acting and evaluating the project work to achieve all the targets.