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Partnership projects in vocational education and training yield good harvest

Partnership projects within the EU’s Leonardo da Vinci programme for vocational education and training have a positive impact on the training practices of partner institutions and they raise the job motivation of the people involved, indicates a survey conducted by CIMO. The projects also promote the students’ language learning and boost the institutions’ collaboration with the industry. Project-driven methods and products have been both launched and developed further in new EU projects.

CIMO conducted a survey on the impact of Finnish-led partnership projects on organisations engaged in vocational education and training, including staff and students and the wider local community. The data comprised the final project reports, their evaluations and a questionnaire sent to the participating organisations.

Partnership projects boost professional skills and expertise

Teachers involved in partnership projects felt that they had learned something new about their own field and about teaching. Their language and project skills also improved. The projects inspired the participants to develop their own work, thus raising job motivation, too.

Staff members felt that the projects improved their communication and computing skills. There was also an increase in the use of new techniques and systems, and most of all, in the use of social media.

Students similarly improved their professional skills and expertise by, for example, learning new ways of working. Partnership projects also had a visible impact on the students’ interaction skills: their language skills improved, their professional vocabulary grew bigger, they were more assured to use language in practice and grew more motivated to learn that language. There was a marked increase in the students’ competencies to work in an international environment and with different people.

Increased collaboration between educational institutions and the industry

Partnership projects had an impact on the local community when local businesses were involved in the projects. The projects clearly increased collaboration between the industry and institutions of vocational education and training. For example, evaluation tools developed in the projects are tested and used in on-the-job learning.

Once a project is finished, collaboration typically goes on in a project-based network, international events and new projects.