In February 2015, we hosted a group of 15 Romanian teachers who participated in a study visit to the UK as a part of their Erasmus Plus KA1 mobility of staff project. Almond Vocational Link as an intermediary organisation, took on all appropriate hosting duties and approached adequate organisations to provide the Romanian Partner with an interesting, varied and relevant schedule. The group’s project – “Innovative Counseling and Teaching Strategies to Enhance the chances on labour market – ICT STRENGTH” required visits to local training organisations and looking in depth at South West’s leading Apprenticeship providers.
Almond prepared 7 days of training activities in Plymouth and 2 days of cultural trips around Devon and Cornwall. Our company was also responsible for organising the group’s hotel accommodation, local transport and airport transfer. We assisted the group during their visits, provided support and guidance, monitored and evaluated the chosen placements. At the end of their stay, all the participants were presented with a Certificate of attendance.
Almond Vocational Link provided us with an amazing cultural, educational experience that I would like to be a part of again in the future.
Madalina Pop – Romanian participant of the KA1 study visit to Plymouth
Please see the project programme below, for details of individual visits.
The participants are met outside of their hotel and escorted by representatives of Almond Vocational Link to the company’s office. The welcome meeting commences shortly after arrival. Company Director – Mrs Janet Wonnacott, delivers a presentation on the education system in the United Kingdom and the way that vocational educational schools operate here.
The Romanian partners listened to a talk on apprenticeships in Plymouth delivered by Kenneth Holder Senior Apprentice Coordinator, Human Resources and Organisational Development from Plymouth City Council.
“I think that Almond Vocational Link has very good organisational abilities, good planning strategies and friendly staff providing interesting activities”
Mirela Saupe Romanian participant in the KA1 study visit to Plymouth
The participants met with Almond’s representative – Gabriele at 10am outside of their hotel accommodation. The group took a brisk walk to the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery where they could admire the permanent exposition as well as current temporary exhibitions.
4pm – visit to the Careers South West Plymouth office. The activity takes place in the organization that provides careers guidance to young people. Presentation provided by Fred Jenkins of the Careers South West advisers who will discuss, “How they provide career advice for young people”. He will also provide details of careers that they find in the greatest demand and why this is the case. Is there a correlation between educational / vocational training and the market demand for the careers advice services offered to vocational colleges?Discussion with career advisors to provide examples of good practice in educational and vocational counseling strategies that would be effective in training students for a better integration in the labor market.
The team was very well organised and they taught us new things and gave new perspectives on education
Elena Petan – Romanian participant of the KA1 study visit to Plymouth
10am -City Business Park with Janet Wonnacott. Workshop: development of innovative strategies for identifying market needs to make models of projects to achieve educational and vocational counseling taking into account the market needs – working in bi-national teams. Discussion with the organization about the role of local government in: an offer of training, equipping schools, partnership school-economic agents.
Provide examples of good practice on “educational and vocational counseling strategies effective in training students for a better integration in the labor market.”
The activity takes place at the “Center of teacher training” Marjon University of St Mark & St John. Gillian Golder explained how teachers are trained to deliver vocational training to teachers so they can work in vocational schools. For areas of interest of participants – present the curricula and teaching materials used.
Debate: similarities and differences on teacher training and staff that provides the vocational guidance in the UK and RO.
Workshop: Design an activity of training for the staff (2:00) on the basis of observed / submitted
Workshops: realization of a plan for learning in order to motivate the student’s personal development and their building career
This organisation provides good contacts with vocational training providers, which was good for vocational schools projects.
Cristina Hegedus- Romanian participant of the KA1 study visit to Plymouth
Visit to Cornwall College. Host organizations will present the education and training provided: specia lizations, curricula, training standards and methods of professional advice.
Overview of Cornwall College followed by a tour.
Presentation reflected the correlation between educational / vocational training and the market demand for the counseling services offered to vocational colleges.
Presentation of case studies on “educational crisis situations frequently found in technical and vocational education students’
Discuss: similarities and differences between curricula and equipment for the same specializations in school visited and beneficiary.
Observation of activities of participants in the college and observe how vocational training is delivered.
Discuss: similarities and differences between curricula and equipment, analysis of observed classes, similarities and differences between the methods used and the identification of transferable.
Workshop: development of innovative strategies for identifying market needs to make models of projects to achieve educational and vocational counseling taking into account the market needs – working in bi-national teams. Provide examples of good practice on “educational and vocational counseling strategies effective in training students for a better integration in the labor market
10.00 a.m. Visit to Whiz Kidz. Sue Grant discussed with the participants the type of careers advice her company has been providing.
I enjoyed this study visit, it opened my mind and I will be more focused on developing better planning skills for my students
Maria Hint Sixiina- Romanian participant of the KA1 study visit to Plymouth
Saturday 7th February visit to Eden Project
Sunday 8th February visit to Torquay
Activities took place at Acacia Training from 2pm
Learning activities – identifying effective teaching strategies and resources; use e-Learning tools and multimedia teaching; modern ICT techniques and counseling; identification of transferable; workshop
Evaluation, validation, feedback session, granting the Europass certificates.
Place: Almond Vocational Link, City Business Park, Somerset Place, Stoke, Plymouth, PL3 4BB