“Skilled-Up” Project Presented at Online Discussion “Work-based Learning in Higher Education”
On 2.07.2020 representatives of employers and educational institutions discussed implementation possibilities of work-based learning in higher education in an online discussion organised by Employers’ Confederation of Latvia.
Dr. silv. Sigita Liše from our project partner organisation Latvian University of Life Sciences and Technology presented “Skilled-Up” project developments und further planned activities. The recording of the discussion is available here:
Erasmus + Project Partner Online Meeting
Project partner meeting on 23.03.2020 had to take place online due to the “Covid-19” pandemic. However, the meeting went well, and partners were able to discuss the planned agenda – progress of training in all three Baltic countries and future plans.
In all three countries the piloting of the training program has started in autumn 2019. Each country has managed to pilot one module and start the second. Feedback from training program participants and their employers has been very positive. Participants are satisfied with training program contents and work-based learning.
Currently, the training in all three countries is paused due to the pandemic. However, project partners are working on possible solutions in the time of crisis and planning activities for the next project period including continuation of the training program and start of student mobilities.
The Training has started
Training starts at Kauno Kolegija, Lithuania. Copyright: Ugne Capa
In October 2019, the training program “Production Management in Woodworking” was launched in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Two thirds of the training will take place in companies in each country, as well as during mobility visits to companies in other Baltic states. Participants of the first trainings are 50 representatives of different manufacturing companies. They will be piloting the program for the next two years so that it can meet the educational needs of the industry and become available to a wider audience.
Copyright: Võrumaa Vocational Education Center
Copyright: Kauno Kolegija
Erasmus + Project Partner Meeting in Vaimela, Estonia
From 6 to 7 June 2019, the Skilled-UP project partners met in TSENTER, the competence center for woodworking and furniture manufacturing, in Vaimela, Estonia. Purpose of the meeting was the further development of the modular curriculum for the advanced training program for technical employees of the woodworking industry. Preliminary results were discussed, content adjusted, and next steps decided.
The training will consist of the following 10 modules: Industrial Design; Industrial Technology; Communication Methods; Operational Cost; Business management; Workplace Safety and Environmental Protection; Planning, Control and Communication Systems; Leadership and Personnel Development; People Management and the Qualification Project. From September 2019, the first modules will be launched in the partner countries. We are happy to receive inquiries from companies interested in this further education.
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Project Kick-Off Meeting in Rosenheim & Follow-Up Meeting in Riga
There have already been two meetings of the project partners of the project "Skilled-Up": from 15 to 16 January 2019 to the kick-off meeting in the German city of Rosenheim, as well as to the follow-up meeting on 22 February in Riga, Latvia. During the meetings, the partners discussed the first steps and concrete content and structural topics for the development of the work-based learning program (WBL) at level EQF 5 in the woodworking industry. Over the next few months, local expert groups from the respective project partner countries will meet to develop the module descriptions and content for the curriculum.