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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.