Speech at Dissemination of Representative of Government at MES 05/2017

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Ministerialrat Siegmut Keller

Ministerium für Kultus, Jugend und Sport Baden-Württemberg

Dear Mrs. Gsell,

Dear guests from Finland, Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Poland,

Ladies and Gentlemen

It is a great pleasure for me to take part in this event today, the presentation of two projects in vocational education within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme of the EU! Thank you for the invitation! I would like to welcome you on behalf of the Ministry of Education and to convey greetings and best wishes of our Minister, Dr. Susanne Eisenmann. I hope you all, and especially our guests from all over Europe had already a good week here in Stuttgart.

First of all, congratulations to all the project partners and all the teachers and people who contributed to make these projects a success. One – Learn IT – finishes now, the other one – MICA – still goes on for one more year.

The month of May is traditionally the European month! This week we had an impressive European event for students from schools all over BW in the regional Parliament of the federal state in Stuttgart, bringing students and politicians together on Monday, we celebrated the winners of the European competition on Tuesday, the Europa Zentrum BW had its 40th anniversary, this was celebrated yesterday  with EU Commissioner Oettinger and the Minister for European Affairs Guido Wolf, on Friday we have the so called EU – Action Day at the Stuttgarter Schlossplatz with members of the European Parliament and today the Max-Eyth-Schule presents its projects within the EU-Programme Erasmus+. So this date you chose, 11th May, fits perfectly in the series of European events during this week and during this month.

Let me make a few general remarks as far as the EU is concerned. Today it seems that many people have lost their enthusiasm and confidence when it comes to the European Union, high unemployment rates especially among young people in some southern European states, Brexit, the banking crisis, the refugee crisis and so on. On the other hand there are very positive signals as well, when we think of the elections in the Netherlands and very recently in France and when we think of the growing number of people demonstrating in favour of the European idea at the market places on Sundays throughout the country. Schools, education and vocational training play a decisive role as far as the attitude of young people towards Europe is concerned. Teachers lay the foundation of interest for European questions and how the EU functions. They discuss the risks and threats and they can show the chances the European Union offers. Many years ago the Frenchman and entrepreneur Jean Monnet, who is often regarded as “Father of the European Union”, said: “We do not unify single states, we bring people together”. One thing is clear: A common European spirit and a European identity do not only come out of the study of textbooks at school. It needs more than that!

The basic idea of the Erasmus programme and I think the most important one is: Bringing young people from different European states together and make them work on a common project over two or three years. This is exactly what you do at the Max-Eyth-Schule! The Erasmus-Program of the EU becomes 30 years old in 2017. There are no more passionate, more dedicated and more convinced ambassadors for the European idea than those young people who have experienced themselves working and studying together with other young people from other European states, getting to know each other, and learning about their different cultures and at the same time about their common heritage. You in the Max-Eyth-Schule together with other vocational colleges in Finland, Portugal, Spain, the Czech Republic and Poland have provided young people with this unique possibility. The Max-Eyth-Schule in particular has a long tradition and an excellent reputation as far as international cooperation is concerned. You can only offer something like that when you have a team in a school with a headmaster or headmistress and with colleagues who are highly motivated to offer their students such international learning opportunities.

Let me express my special thanks to all of you who have made this possible! One of the aims of the Erasmus+ programme is to increase the rate of mobility among young people who are trained for a profession. We all know that the rate of student exchange at universities is much higher, 15 to 20 percent of students at universities spend some weeks, half a year or even a year abroad. With the globalization of the economy it becomes for trainees, for young people doing an apprenticeship, also absolutely important to get international experience. And, by the way, measures like this make our dual system of training more attractive for young people. We often criticize the European Union, but I think this opportunity is something very special. On the level of the Ministry of Education we have close relations to the states of Georgia and North Carolina in the USA. I have visited technical colleges in North Carolina who provide the workforce and the skilled workers for their state. They are very interested in getting into contact with us and learning from each other. Sometimes I wish we had a similar programme for the exchange of trainees with the US or with Canada.

There are many more bureaucratic obstacles for such exchanges which makes it very difficult or nearly impossible to build up exchange programmes for young people in training. I think in this respect we can be really happy with the Erasmus programme. We are not so happy with the application procedure. At the moment we have mainly grammar schools and vocational schools in the Erasmus programme. We used to have also primary schools and even institutions of early childhood education, years ago. To apply now is really hard work, you need much time and al lot of experience to fill in these application forms. To make this easier is something we try to reach together with other states for a future programme. The aim should be that all types of schools can participate! I think now we are all looking forward to the presentation of the results of your projects. My special thanks once again to the teams and to the colleagues of the schools involved and to all the associated partners, companies and the Chambers of Commerce.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me finish with a remark of our Minister for European affairs, Guido Wolf. He said on Monday in our regional Parliament: “Europe´s future needs young and fresh faces, young people who give the old European treaties new life, who fill them with passion and engagement!”

I am convinced these people are here today! All the best for your projects!

Bleiben Sie dem Erasmus+ – Programm treu! Der neue Antragstermin ist im März 2018!

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Dissemination meeting at Max-Eyth-Schule 11/05/2017

Presentation of the Project Results “LearnIT”

Since the beginning of 2015, the Max-Eyth-School is participating the project “LearnIT” (Learning tools and routes for Individual Training). On Thursday may 11th 2017, the project results were presented within a big dissemination event. The project ends in June 2017. Many of our dual partner instructors followed our invitation, which we would like to thank for in this place.

Our principal Misses OStDr’in Anne Gsell opened the event with very interesting thoughts about learning and education. The event continued with an equally interesting talk on the subject “ERASMUS+ – collaborative learning in Europe” given by the representative of the Ministry of education of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Ministerialrat Mister Siegmut Keller (see next text). We would like to thank Mr. Keller in this place.

Within the next part, the project was presented in more detail: Part of the LearnIT Project are Partners of four different European countries (Portugal, Germany, Finland and Spain). The goal of the project was, based on the example CNC training under the regard of ECVET principles (more information: https://www.na-bibb.de/erasmus-berufsausbildung/mobilitaet/ecvet-und-qualitaet/), to develop new, flexible and modern learning methods and pathways. The project’s first step was to define a common learning outcome. After that detailed tender specifications were defined and realized. As one part of the project’s concept a new workshop environment was designed and has been realized by the project partner in Lisbon (Portugal). It has been tested and subsequently evaluated within a pilot project with participants from all countries involved in the project. Participating apprentices and the accompanying colleague of the MES were describing their experience at this point as well.

After lunch and the perfect opportunity to exchange experience with all persons involved, our guests were able to test for themselves: As mentioned already above, within the framework of the project, learning material for two learning units were developed (“CNC-programming” and “Setup and Machining”). Comprehensive E-learning components with lots of control questions and final assessment of the learning progress have emerged as well. They run on the basis of the Moodle-platform. Many conference participants used the opportunity and tested the e-learning components by themselves.

The feedback for this was extremely positive and some of our dual partners are really interested to include these components in their vocational training. In the next few months we will search together for possibilities, how to integrate these components in our teaching and hence to offer a more flexible and mutually supportive learning in the enterprise and in school.

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Summer Steel seminar in Lahti, Finland 7.6.2017

Salpaus Further Education arranged a multiplier event called Summer Steel in Lahti, Finland 7th June 2017.
The event was organised to present the new training concept of the LearnIt project and to get new sparks and mental oil change concerning teaching and learning landscapes.  The conclusion of the event was that we need courage to try new ways, skills to think in another way and capability to do the coolest things that have ever been done.

In the event, the project manager José Fonseca ja expert Jorge Mauricio from CENFIM presented the training paradigm developed in the LearnIT project and built in the location of Cenfim in Lisbon, Portugal. The training paradigm is most suitable to learners in need of further vocational skills and it is especially designed to serve the needs of companies and workers.

In Lahti, a Futurist and Foresight Coach, Ilkka Halava from Prime Frontier Oy, led the seminar participants to think about the future changes of society that are already here: self-driving cars, 3D printed houses and solar energy are going to change the world as we know it now. The world is changing, working life is changing, services and production methods are changing – also the vocational education and training must be ready to change.

If you look at the world through the goggles of a middleaged person, you see it quite differently than the young people do. The change is already there and the VET should provide training in a way that meets the current and coming needs of the working life.

Kalle Nieminen, Specialist in Societal Training and Development from Sitra, inspired the listeners to have courage and think in a quite new way. To test and experiment, take risks and learn. To have a dialogue with the working life, employers and employees, as well as stakeholders.

Another aspect of the multiplier event was to think how can we promote the attractiveness of metal work and machinery amongst young people. A young entrepreneur, Antti Leppänen from Stunt Freaks Team, showed how efficient the social media is in marketing products. He encouraged us to make videos, both excellenty produced and short and quick ones done with no big effort or equipment. To make stories and use them to inspire youngsters and adults to study and work technological trades.

In the multiplier event, there were 87 participants. Half of them were representatives of companies and local stakeholders, and half of them teachers and other staff from Salpaus Further Education.

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Final dissemination of LearnIt project in the IMH

In 17th of May LearnIt Project was presented to educational partners, Basque agency members and Company managers and instructors. The event was presented by Jon Egaña and also was accopanied by colleagues and pilot course participants (trainer and trainees)

 

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Final dissemination Seminar – Portugal

On May 18th, the final seminar of the project “Presentation of the LEARN IT Project – Implementation of an Individual Training Workshop” was held at the Alto dos Moinhos Auditorium, in Lisbon, having been witnessed by 95 people from the training sector and industry.

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Then, the presentations by the speakers:

José Fonseca (CENFIM) – “Project Framework – preparing a new training paradigm”

Leonor Rocha – “Learning Outcomes – the starting reference of the project”

Jorge Maurício (CENFIM) – “Innovative approaches and resources in individualized training – Project results”

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LearnIT: Final presentation of ERASMUS + project in IMH

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Final dissemination Seminar – Portugal

Final Dissemination Seminar that will be held in Lisbon during the morning of May 18th.

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Project Pilot Course

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Industry 4.0: Digital Economy at the Polytechnic of Leiria

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On January 30, the Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, presided over the public session of presentation of the “Industry 4.0 – Digital Economy” program. The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral and the Secretary of State for Industry, João Vasconcelos, among other relevant personalities and entities in the national panorama.

During the thematic sessions, where CENFIM was represented by its Director – Manuel Grilo, who participated in the panel 4.0 Qualifications and Lifelong Learning in Digital, CENFIM was also represented in the materialization of “Industry 4.0” in its different dimensions through Project exhibitions – with the LearnIT project and activities distributed by several rooms of the School of Technology and Management (ESTG): companies and institutions showed what is best done in the area of technology, robotics, electronics and digital innovation.

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In our participation with a sample of our activity and projects the Prime Minister accompanied by the Administrator of CENFIM Fernando Sousa, was informed about the LearnIT Project by José Fonseca – Director of the Project Management Department of CENFIM. The Director of CENFIM – Marinha Grande Training Centre, as well as Carlos Coimbra – Training Technician of CENFIM – Marinha Grande Training Centre, were very requested and provided all the information about the activity of CENFIM.

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LearnIt Project in EMAF

16th International Fair of Machinery, Equipment and Services for Industry – 24 Nov 2016, with the participation of entrepreneurs and CENFIM’s trainees and staff.

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Jorge Mauricio
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