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Erasmus+ supports VET staff mobility, leading to quality training
Published Tuesday 11 April 2017https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/updates/20170322-vet-staff-mobility_en
Well-trained teachers, as well as inspiring and updated teaching methods, are essential to offering good quality teaching and training to students on vocational and education (VET) learning pathways. It is therefore crucial that teachers and trainers keep updating their professional practice and knowledge throughout their career; doing so in another European country offers participants the possibility to learn new working methods from training experts who have different professional and cultural backgrounds.
Erasmus+ Key Action 1 (KA1) offers the chance to staff in charge of VET to participate in peer-learning in another European country, for periods ranging from two days to two months. 80% of previous participants in such activities report that they were able to put in place new curricula and/or training methods in their home institutions, while 72% reported that their mobility experience fostered an innovative atmosphere.
An example of a successful mobility project is the I4US; in this project ten teachers from two German vocational colleges job-shadowed colleagues in Finland and Austria, collecting ideas and good practices on how to make classrooms more inclusive for students with special needs. Another example of peer learning is the TEST project, in which British teachers taught and learned about teaching entrepreneurship in Italy. The project strengthened the partnership between the two institutions.
The Erasmus+ Key Action 1 (KA1) funding opportunity provides local authorities with the possibility to set up ambitious training strategies for their students and staff. The Norwegian Nord-Trøndelag Fylkeskommune for instance, launched a project involving nearly 100 vocational teachers, going to 11 different countries to develop cooperation with partners across Europe and catch up on new trends in Europe, with the general objective of promoting innovation and raising the status of vocational professional training.
To find the right activity for you consult the EPALE Calendar of events or courses and the School Education Gateway's Mobility Opportunities Tool.