Internationalisation in the field of Vocational Education and Training

Internationalisation activity begins locally, in the relationship between students, teachers, VET centres, companies and institutions in Euskadi, in an attempt to create a Culture of Internationalisation, where collaboration is priority. Just like we do with training, innovation and entrepreneurship, we would like to talk about having an Integrated System of Internationalisation.

Then, it moves forward all over Europe, with surrounding nations which are interested, such as we are, in collaborating and conducting VET projects to create and gain knowledge which improves our performance.

Finally, it goes global, to third countries in America, Asia and Africa, aiming to transfer knowledge and experiences generated here.

Development

To improve the Culture of Internationalisation, based on experiences from previous years, we are progressing on the Road Map that take us from an initial phase, where we work on language skills (multilingual VET), intercultural skills and specific skills (themes, management, communication), to a basic elemental phase where student and teacher mobility is managed, along with contacts and visits from foreign organisations.

We thus reach an advanced phase of participation and coordination in European projects. This falls under coverage of the Erasmus+ Programme, where we contribute to the creation of knowledge in different VET fields: skills, innovation, creativity, Dual VET, etc., with the aim of reaching an expert phase. At this point, we position ourselves as professionals in generating proposals and managing projects, as speakers at conferences and workshops and as internationalisation trainers and advisers at local, European and global level.

So, the final purpose is to become a benchmark in the generation of ideas, suggestions and initiatives, till becoming an organisation of excellence, a leader in the transformation processes, just because we generate changes and proposals to improve VET, and just because we make things happen.

Internationalisation System of Euskadi's Vocational Education and Training

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Erasmus Mobility Programmes + Students

For 12 weeks, the programme allows upper-level students (KA103 scholarships) and mid-level students (KA102 scholarships) to conduct internships in Europe. The European internships programme for students has been extended to basic Vocational Education and Training.

Global Training Scholarships

Ikaslan (Association of Public Vocational Education and Training Centres in Euskadi) and AFM (Association of Tool-Machine Manufacturers) have managed 60 scholarships so that students under 30 years of age, with a Higher Degree in VET or with a university degree and a B2 or C1 level of English, as applicable, can spend from 6 to 9 months at companies in countries such as USA, China, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and India, in addition to many other European countries, such as Italy, Germany and Portugal.

Erasmus Mobility Programmes + Teachers

At Tknika’s Area of Internationalisation, with the collaboration of Ikaslan Araba (project coordinator), we manage mobility projects for people at Tknika, as well as for VET teachers who collaborate on our projects.

Mobility projects play a critical role in our strategy. Thanks to such projects, those of us who work in different areas at Tknika, and teachers who collaborate with us, can visit other international organisations working in the same areas of interest, thereby forging relationships and building interesting channels for communication, always remaining at the cutting edge.

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Participation in International Projects

We actively participate in different projects financed by the European Union or by different international entities. In 2018, the European projects Beehives and Metals were concluded.

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Training and support

VET Centres

For all VET centres interested in the internationalisation of VET, Tknika has a training and support service. With it, those in charge of internationalisation at the centres receive support and guidance to begin with the internationalisation processes. Moreover, training about international projects management is provided on an annual basis.

Companies

With companies, when they show interest in collaborating with Tknika, we attempt to reach agreements so that, based on them, actions that benefit companies can be displayed.

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Relationship with Third Countries

We are collaborating with organisations in Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Salvador, etc., in developing improvement policies for their Vocational Education and Training systems. Moreover, we are establishing new contacts in Namibia and India, which will lead to new agreements and collaboration projects.

The collaborative dynamic is still in force with Minnesota (USA), North Ireland, Australia, Canada, Turkey and with most European countries in different fields of applied innovation.

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International Network Management

  • WFCP – Tknika is a member of the Steering Committee of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics, WFCP, where we lead an applied research group that includes Australia, Canada, USA, Brazil, China, UK and Euskadi.
  • TA3 – We are members of the European Executive Committee for the TA3 Network, Trans-Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance, which includes organisations from USA and Europe.
  • EfVET – We actively participate in the EfVET Network, the European Forum of Vocational Education and Training, where we coordinate the Thematic Group on Internationalisation.
  • Chain 5 – We regularly participate in Chain 5, the Community of Practices for EQF Level 5 in Europe.
  • Unevoc – Since 2017, Tknika has been a centre in the UNESCO-UNEVOC Network, where we coordinate the Industry 4.0 group inside the European cluster and participate in youth employment and skills development, Greening TVET, ICT in TVET, and Gender equality groups.
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Internationalisation in the Region

Poctefa

The priority pillar of the programme is to reinforce, cross-border integration, highlighting the complementary aspects in the fields of economic activities, innovation and human capital.

Euroregion

Several workshops on Cross-Border Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training are conducted with VET centres, so as to develop the agreement signed by Ikaslan Gipuzkoa, Tknika, the Chambre de Métiers and de l’Artisanat and the Government of Navarre.
This cooperation shall continue throughout 2019.

Projects and Services

UNEVOC – BILT

BILT - Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET
The ambition of the BILT project is to enable exchange of experiences and peer learning across the UNEVOC Network in the thematic areas of greening, digitalization/industry 4.0, entrepreneurship and migration. A fifth work stream addresses how new qualifications and competencies find their way into practice.

https://unevoc.unesco.org//bilt/BILT

UNEVOC i-hubs

Innovating Technical and Vocational Education and Training
What is the i-hub?
The initiative is an exercise in co-development and its long term objective is to maximize the innovation potential of TVET institutions as drivers of employability, economic growth and inclusive social development.

Bridge +

Building up Regional Initiatives to Develop skills-based Guidance
The main goal of this project is to tackle skills mismatches between demands of the world of work and competences of employees or canditates. With the help of ICT tools, relevant skills and competences shall be made visible in the direction of both companies and individuals, and be accessible for career guidance officers.

VET’S CLIL

BOOST FOR CLIL IN VET
The VET's CLIL project is aimed at widening the opportunities of VET students in a globalised world by implementing the CLIL (content and language integrated learning) methodology in the curricula. Therefore, teachers from different sectors and subjects will be motivated and provided with quality materials to introduce language learning in their professional skills development courses. This will be done by means of a MOOC course for materials and an online repository of materials for CLIL courses.

Project partners:
- Provinciaal Onderwijs Vlaanderen (POV)
- Eusko Jaurlaritzako Hezkuntza, Hizkuntza Politika Eta Kultura Saila
- Departament d'Ensenyament - Generalitat de Catalunya
- ROC Da Vinci College
- Seinäjoki Joint Municipal Authority for Education
- EARLALL

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