Alarnes School has participated in the Erasmus Programme for six years in a row. Consequently, we have a quite broad experience with excellent results when it comes to the success of our participant students joining the working world. The Erasmus Programme at the Alarnes School is aimed at all the vocational training students with no exception. At our school, there are many different and varied students: disabled, from different countries, under different economical situations… and they all receive the same information and have the same chances to participate. The aim is to have an apprenticeship in a EU country and the key objectives that we want to reach are the following:
a. To increase the professional qualification of the vocational training students through an apprenticeship in a company.
b. To increase their working opportunities, not only in their home country, but also in the rest of the EU countries. Our experience has shown us that our students add great value to their CV both in their country and in other countries, through their personal and professional experience abroad.
c. To boost entrepreneurship attitude. To know different lifestyles, cultures and ways of doing things is inspiring for business creation and entrepreneurship.
d. To promote the participants’ personal autonomy. To integrate and fit in the life and customs of the foreign country, to work in a new environment, to communicate in a foreign language… requires taking decisions and solving problems that will foster the students’ maturity.
e. To encourage the transference of know-how, practice and procedures in two directions: between the educational and the enterprise world, and among productive systems from different countries.
f. To improve the knowledge of a foreign language in order to increase the chances to find a job in a European or international environment.
g. To contribute to the building of a sense of “Europeaness” and to create and stimulate the feeling of European citizenship.
The main partners we work with are in Ireland. We have had a collaborative relationship with some Irish companies for several years. However, we would like to broaden the chances to collaborate with other countries within the European Union through databases created with the purpose of finding partners and the professionals contacted through other European programmes developed in our school, such as the Comenius project. There are also other ways to enlarge our number of partners, like the English version of our webpage and mailing to companies, trade chambers and other institutions enrolled in European projects.
With regard to the teaching staff, we try to promote their mobility to reach the following objectives:
h. To enlarge their experience and improve their capabilities.
i. To promote the transference and sharing of know-how, good practice and procedures between educational systems to improve the quality of teaching and promote educational innovation.
j. To increase the teachers motivation through the Exchange of experiences and continuous professional development.
k. To improve the quality of Higher Education through the excellence of its teachers.
All these objectives are fully assumed by the management team, who will inform about them to the rest of the staff. The objectives will be part of the Educational Project of the School, will be announced to all the teachers and students, administration and services staff and will be finally published on the school web for the information of any person interested and prospect European partners.
The Alarnes School has extensive experience in the development of European programmes, not only Erasmus, which we have conducted during six years, but also the Comenius and Portfolio projects. Currently, a second two-year Comenius programme along with schools in France, Italy, Germany, Slovakia, Turkey, Greece and Poland is being developed.
We believe that these exchange and cooperation experiences between schools in different countries, both for students and staff, enrich our methodology and enhance the innovative capacity, which eventually reverts to an improvement in the quality of teaching.
The professional branches in our school belong to different productive sectors: Administration, Mechanical Manufacturing, Transportation and Vehicle Maintenance, Building and Civil Works and Community Services.
The opportunity to make exchanges, apprenticeships or other knowledge and good practices transfer experiences among productive sectors of different countries, framed within some of the actions of the Erasmus programme, is a priority for the Alarnes School. We are convinced that the results of these projects will revert, not only in increasing the employability of students, but in the improving of their qualification and a contribution to regional development, since our training is varied and has an impact on a range of economic activities.
Contribute to the Modernization of Higher Education
We believe that the development of the programme’s actions will have an impact on the modernization and internationalization of the school, giving our studies a European dimension that will contribute to promote the economic and social development of the environment and foster a sense of belonging to a genuine European citizenship.
The higher level vocational training studies are considered as part of the Higher Education studies, so our contribution, through our goals, to the priorities set in the European Agenda for the Modernization of Higher Education will be the following:
1 - Increasing attainment levels to provide the graduates and researchers Europe needs
Objectives a, f, d. The work experience in real production environments indifferent countries improves the qualification of future senior technicians who will have middle management positions in companies. Living in a foreign country, solving problems and adapting to different ways of acting and living will promote the autonomy and maturity that these positions require. Learningother languageswill enable the students to carry out their duties in other countries of the European Union.
2 - Improving the quality and relevance of higher education
Objectives h, k. The increasing of the teacher’s experiences and the improving of their skills promote professional excellence, thus improving the quality of teaching.
3 - Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation
Objectives b, f, g. Masteringa foreign language makes workers mobility among countries much easier. In the case of vocational training, apprenticeships in European companies, favour the chances to find a job in a foreign country and the transferring of knowledge and good practice between different education and production systems.
4 - Linking higher education, research and business for excellence and regional development
Objectives c, e, i, j. The exchange of experiences for both students and teachers, is a key aspect to social and economic development of the environment. The maturity and knowledge that apprenticeships in foreign countries provide to students, is an added value to their resume that benefits the companies, which can seehow positive this experience is for their activity. Similarly, what the teachers learn form other colleagues from different countries supports continuous improvement of educational systems and thus the regional social and economic development.
5 - Improving governance and funding
Managing the implementation of international programs requires a great organization, ability to relate to the differentagents taking partand autonomy.
Proyecto Erasmus+ del IES Alarnes
El Parlamento Europeo ha aprobado el programa Erasmus + para el período 2014-2020, que entró en vigor el 1 de enero de 2014. El nuevo programa Erasmus+ se enmarca en la estrategia Europa 2020, en la estrategia Educación y Formación 2020 y en la estrategia Rethinking Education y engloba todas las iniciativas de educación, formación, juventud y deporte.
El IES Alarnes obtuvo la primera Carta Erasmus Ampliada en el marco del Programa de Aprendizaje Permanente en 2007. En 2008, la primera promoción de alumnos hicieron las prácticas en Irlanda, desde entonces, de forma ininterrumpida, sucesivas promociones han realizado el módulo de FCT en diferentes países de la Unión Europea.
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