Kick-off meeting of the new project “Survival Skills for Trainers of Apprentices in Initial VET”

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The new project „Survival Skills for Trainers of Apprentices in Initial VET“ has officially started, under the Erasmus Plus Program in the field of VET Education in partnership with Modern Education Foundation (Bulgaria), Branch Chamber of Woodworking and Furniture Industry (Bulgaria), M&M Profuture Training, S.L. (Spain) and Panevėžys Vocational education and training center (Lithuania). The partner organizations had the first kick-off meeting through ZOOM platform on November 10, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

During the meeting the representatives from the partners’ organizations discussed the general overview of the project in general and then more focus was put on several key points. The coordinator from the Modern Education Foundation (Bulgaria) shared the project logo, which was very nicely accepted by all partners and they all agreed that it is a perfect match for this project. Also, the project website is launched and more information about the project rationale, project partners, ongoing activities and etc. can be found here – https://sustainvet.com/.

All of the partners were introduced to the management procedures and contractual obligations. The budgeting procedures were also explained and the project coordinator provided a presentation about them.

As the discussion continued, more focus was put on producing the first Intellectual Output, which is Proficiency Train-the-Trainer Program for trainers of company mentors. The main objective of this product is to empower and build the capacity of the trainers with series of relevant competences related to work-based learning (WBL) such as to train company mentors on how to design training syllabus in line with school-based training following the situation-based approach; how to establish procedures for the assessment of the progress of apprentices; how to communicate with VET providers; how to establish an adequate feedback process as well as techniques/methods for provision of relevant trainings to mentors. In terms of realization of the first output, key steps were also analyzed and discussed and the tasks of each organization were elaborated.

The kick-off meeting was a great chance for the partners to unite and to discuss in more details about the next steps regarding the activities of the project, and it ended successfully with agreed tasks and responsibilities of each partner organization for the upcoming period.