The progress of the V2V pilot project: Study visits officially started!
Despite the difficulties brought by the pandemic, the V2V project is progressing on schedule and entering its core phase. In the last four months we kept working on project results and simultaneously a series of professional visits took place among the V2V project partners.
The purpose of the professional visits was to give the partners the opportunity to get to know each other, their schools and their education and vocational training systems, and to start laying the foundations for capacity-building activities. After the inaugural visit of the Balkan partners in Alba (Italy) in the last week of September, the first Balkan country to be visited was Montenegro, from 18 to 22 October. The four European partners together with Apro Formazione visited JU SMŠ “Danilo Kiš” Budva, a hospitality training institute located in a beautiful coastal area, and SSŠ Ivan Uskoković, a school that trains and prepares personnel for the mechanical industrial, mechatronic and industrial automation sectors.
The second stop in the Balkans was in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from 15 to 18 November. The EU partners were hosted by the Higher School of Transport and Communications, a school that trains industrial mechanics and other profiles related to logistics and road network maintenance. The school’s students are able to find jobs after their training thanks to close cooperation with two local companies – including the Porsche Academy – which were visited during the stay. In December, the last stop in the Balkans was in Kosovo, at two vocational schools: ‘Qendra e Kompetences’ in Ferizaj and ‘Diakonie Training Center’ in Mitrovica. Thanks to well-equipped laboratories, ‘Qendra e Kompetences’ trains professionals in the medical field, including opticians, health workers, orthodontic technicians and nutritionists, while also relying on a good network of local companies for in-company training. In Mitrovica, the “Diakonie Training Center” offers profiles in line with the needs of the local market, particularly in the plumbing, construction, electrical, gastronomy, tailoring and beauty sectors.
The project will continue with the next study visit at the European partner Gospodarska škola in Čakovec, Croatia.
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