Student Work Experience In Real Life (SWIRL)

On March 5-6, 2018, the second meeting of this Erasmus+ KA2 project took place in Birmingham, UK. During the meeting, the partners discussed an update on the intellectual outcome of the project.  How we could help young people’s experience of using knowledge and skills?  Does young people enable to enter in the work force?

During the meeting there were many ideas brought up in the first intervention made by IO 1 BIZ-Edu Alliance Setup Toolkit:  teachers need concrete tools and lesson plans;  soft skills can be used in the Finnish curriculum instead of presenting their skills;  parents need support in confidence in building vocational identity;  in Portugal, there is a lack of workers with VET qualification and skills;  in the UK, careers curriculum is individual (secondary level); when it comes to the student mentoring programme, students act as ambassadors for work life;  communication skills and empathy are needed as part of soft skills;  it is important to give sensitivity to teachers to see different needs of the students, tools for the teachers to work in these situations;  company assignments and internships preventing the drop-out of students.

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SWIRL partner team

Secondly, IED is starting the platform development in March 2018. The first version is thus coming for comments and the platform has some materials in the form of Moodle course. Thirdly, BTTF is preparing a company handbook about SWIRL, which has two main purposes: promote SWIRL in companies and implement SWIRL in companies.

In addition, there were many ideas suggested on this topic:

–  Promoting SWIRL and getting the companies involved is essential;

–  the handbook tells also how to interact with the student and the teacher while they are in the company;

–  the handbook gives tools on how to develop the students’ QEAS: qualities, experiences, attitudes, sills in companies, ect;

–  the handbook starts with the value of the student-initiated assignment.


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