Our 3 year PIE project will have a distinct theme each year. For each of the three years resources will be produced which will reflect the current theme. Sustainable outcomes will take the form of teaching and learning resources which will be incorporated into the taught curriculum for ongoing use by teachers and students. It is envisaged that in the course of the project a number of links with educational institutions, employers including those in the voluntary sector, entrepreneurs and support agencies will be forged and sustained beyond the lifespan of the project. For many of the partners this is a further innovation that will be mutually beneficial.
The activities have been agreed by all the participating schools and each year, in October, a transnational project meeting will be held.
In Year 1 the meeting will be in Boleslawiec (Poland), in Year 2 in Colmar (France), in Year 3 in Peralta (Spain). Three project teachers will represent each school, apart from Denmark who will be represented by two project teachers. At each transnational project meeting the project teachers will meet to reach agreement on the parameters within which students should focus their work and to agree methods of communication. The following issues will be on the agenda at each meeting:
- calendar of activities/events for the year
- teacher training needs and an upskilling programme
- clarification of tasks to include teaching and learning activities
- to agree the programme for the short-term learning/teaching/ training activities (event to be held in March)
- allocation of roles for both teachers and students
- to identify other additional stakeholders who are specifically linked with project activities for that year and to agree how their cooperation will be maintained during the year
- agree an online meetings schedule as well as the means and media to be employed
- agree a service level agreement and contract of work to include key deadlines
- monitoring and evaluation methods and procedures
- in Years 2 and 3 to review monitoring and evaluation carried out during previous year(s)
- agree outcomes and their dissemination
- agree methodologies
- agree procedures for resolving problems and contingency plans
The co-ordinating school will register the project for an eTwinning Twinspace and establish a project website. The students will use the eTwinning facilities of Twinspace to introduce themselves, to work collaboratively with students from the other schools in the partnership and to present their work in a variety of formats that they themselves will agree with the support of their project teachers.
School Based Activities (The various activities are labelled A1.0, A1.1, etc)
Each year the project students will join a group and be assigned to one of the school based activities. Outcomes for the activities and method(s) of presentation will be agreed by the students via eTwinning, with the support of the project teachers. All activities will produce sustainable outcomes that will be published for use in the participating schools and by other institutions. All outcomes will be used and further developed at the Short-Term Exchange Meetings for students to be held in March each year.
Each year the Group 4 students will collaborate with their counterparts, via eTwinning, to create two online surveys. They will take responsibility for the completion of these surveys by as many students as possible in their own school and in as many schools as possible in their own country. Each year, at the Short-Term Exchange Meetings for students, the survey results will be analysed and a report published.
Throughout the project each school will arrange for speakers from higher education, local labour/employment agencies, entrepreneurs/employers/Rotary Clubs to address the project students and other appropriate target groups within each school. These may be held within each school or involve the students travelling to various venues, institutions, career fairs etc.
YEAR 1 – LABOUR MARKET
A1.0 Students introduce themselves via Twinspace
A1.1 Group 1 will use eTwinning to present their school systems to the other participating schools, paying particular attention to:
a) local school/education systems – including management structures
b) careers/employability education systems/curricula
A1.2 Group 2 will, for their country, research:
a) the pathways to further education and employment (to include academic, vocational and voluntary sectors).
b) characteristics/features/structure of the labour market (including current trends and opportunities and the identification of areas where there are skills shortages and job opportunities)
A1.3 Group 3 will investigate:
a) qualifications/skills required to get a job in their own country
b) how to access the labour market in the other 6 project countries
c) equivalence of qualifications with those of the other 6 project countries
A1.4 Group 4 - online surveys, which in Year 1 will address:
a) attitudes to and knowledge of working abroad
b) employability skills (based on respondents personal skills)
YEAR 2 – WORK PLACEMENTS/EXPERIENCE
A2.0 Students introduce themselves via Twinspace
A2.1 This activity will address the skills involved in the:
a) preparation of a CV and how to enhance a CV over time
b) preparation of application forms and covering letters
All students will be taken through the skills and Group 1 will be responsible for researching the recruitment and selection practices for their own country and for sharing these with the other participating countries via eTwinning.
A2.2 This activity will address Interview skills and will involve ALL students taking part in a Recruitment and Selection Simulation in their school. The Group 2 students will be responsible for sharing the learning experiences from this exercise via eTwinning and the project website.
A2.3 Group 3 will:
a) research the cultural experience of living and working in another country including the “dos and don’ts”
b) compile a checklist/advice list for students or employees going abroad to either work or study
c) research the opportunities for a gap year within their own country
A2.4 Group 4 - online surveys, which in Year 2 will address:
a) interview skills survey
b) CV survey
Group 4 will also investigate the cultural experience of living and working in another EU country and research the 7 stages of cultural shock.
YEAR 3 – ENTREPRENEURSHIP
A3.0 Students introduce themselves via Twinspace
A3.1 Group 1 will, for their country, investigate:
a) how to set up a small business including legal issues
b) sources of support from government/other agencies for small businesses
c) social entrepreneurship/volunteering
A3.2 Group 2 will:
• investigate the skills/qualities of entrepreneurs including leadership and team building.
• work with their project teachers, in collaboration with their European counterparts, to prepare and test, in their respective institutions, activities that address a wide variety of entrepreneurial/employability skills.
A3.3 Group 3 will investigate:
• the components and purpose of a business plan. Working collaboratively with their European counterparts they will agree how best to present and share their findings.
Group 3 students will make a presentation to ALL students in their respective institutions. ALL students will then participate in a business simulation requiring them to produce a business plan. This activity will be supported by local entrepreneurs.
A3.4 Group 4 - online surveys, which in Year 3 will address:
a) attitudes towards setting up your own business as a possible career path
b) self assessment for entrepreneurial traits.
Short-Term Exchange Meeting Activities (The various activities are labelled C1.0, C1.1, etc)
Short-Term Exchange Meetings for 52 students will be held in March each year. There will be 4 groups one for each project activity agreed at the teachers’ Transnational Project Meeting in October. Students from all partner institutions will be represented in each group. They will work collaboratively on the learning, teaching and training workshop activities supported by suitably skilled project teachers. The activities will have been prepared with student involvement within parameters defined by the project teachers at the October meeting. Meetings will last for 5 full days. Sustainable outcomes will be produced for learning, teaching and training, for use in each institution of the partnership and for others also. These will be shared via eTwinning and the project website. Representatives from the worlds of education and employment, local entrepreneurs and Rotarians will be brought in to assist with the activities.
YEAR 1: LABOUR MARKET - March 2015 Viborg, Denmark
C1.0 ALL students spend 1 day as volunteers with voluntary agencies
C1.1 Group 1 (2 sub groups) Group A] will design and produce brochures to present the results from A1.1 & A1.2 (Section F) and also to provide information on how to access different types of training/qualifications/employment for each of the 7 EU countries in the project. Group B] will do likewise but will produce digital outcomes including a website.
C1.2 Group 2 will make an infomercial on pathways to education and employment in Europe.
C1.3 Group 3 (2 sub groups) Group A] will write and produce a short drama to illustrate the need for suitable skills and qualifications for obtaining a job in Europe. Group B] will take the results from A1.3 (Section F) and present them in a suitable format for dissemination.
C1.4 Group 4 (2 sub groups) Group A] will analyse and present a summary report on the data from the ‘attitudes to and knowledge of working abroad’ survey - A1.4 (Section F). Group B] will do likewise for the data from the ‘employability skills’ survey.
YEAR 2: WORK PLACEMENTS/EXPERIENCE - March 2016 Riga, Latvia
C2.0 ALL students do 1 day work experience. They will share their experiences with the group working on Activity C2.1 below via a questionnaire.
C2.1 Group 1 will do 2 days work placement. This group will use their own experiences together with the research from A2.1 (Section F), to produce brochures/information leaflets for students/employees in other countries.
C2.2 Group 2 will take part in a Recruitment and Selection Simulation activity. They will evaluate the activity and with the results from A2.2 (Section F) prepare multi-media resource materials.
C2.3 Group 3 will make an infomercial on the benefits of a gap year using the results from A2.3 (Section F).
C2.4 Group 4 (2 sub groups) Group A] will analyse and present a summary report on the data from the ‘‘interview skills' survey and also on the data from the ‘CV survey‘ - A2.4 (Section F). Group B] will write, perform and record a drama on the 7 stages of culture shock.
YEAR 3: ENTREPRENEURSHIP – March 2017 – Maghera, N. Ireland
C3.1 Group 1, working in pairs with simulation materials, will use their prior learning and resources from A3.1 (Section F) to present a business plan to a group of Venture Capitalists. They will observe each other’s performances and give feedback. All sessions will be recorded. They will then produce resources on how to prepare a business plan with advice tips drawn from their own research and experience.
C3.2 Group 2 will produce activities designed to develop entrepreneurial skills. The materials from A3.2 (Section F) will be used. They will agree which skills they wish to include and devise a wide range of activities presented in a variety of ways.
C3.3 Group 3 Business simulation exercise. The group will form 2 teams, each given the same task and each assisted by an entrepreneur. Teams must agree a role for each member, produce a product prototype, design an advertising campaign to include digital marketing, create a website to promote their product and try to persuade a number of local business people to place orders for their product. They will keep video diaries and receive feedback on their team and individual performances. Each team will publish a blog to document their experiences.
C3.4 Group 4 (2 sub groups) Group A] will analyse and present a summary report on the data from the ‘attitudes towards setting up your own business as a possible career path’ survey - A3.4 (Section F). Group B] will do likewise for the data from the ‘employability self assessment for entrepreneurial traits’ survey.