The workshop entitled Career counseling and competence development for the labour market was held in Ostrava on December 15, 2016. The workshop was led by the labor market specialists from the consultancy company RPIC-ViP ltd. The workshop was held under the auspices of the Ostrava City Council within the Local Action Plan for Education.
All participants at the workshop agreed that in preparing children for the labor market, it is important to focus not only on knowledge but also on the development of soft skills.
Participants received information about the current situation and projections of the labor market in the region, had a chance to think about how to educate and prepare today's children for the future. In the second part of the workshop they talked about the current situation of the career counseling in elementary schools. Participants from among the directors, educators and teachers and guidance counselors were given information about methodological materials for the development of soft skills. They also had a chance to experience some of the activities by themselves. These educational materials have been developed within the project „Competencies for life“ and had been verified by 700 primary and secondary schools teachers and over 21,000 pupils. Currently these materials are part of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project „Cl@SS – Competences Learning at Secondary Schools“ and are being translated into other languages (Romanian, Bulgarian, Slovenian and Turkish), plus the database will be enriched with new exercises that arise in the context of international cooperation.
CL@SS project partners met in Prague (Czech Republic) on 8th and 9th of December 2016 for the second meeting of the project. During the meeting partners discussed the project progress together, highlighted deadlines and activities for the following months and checked the financial reporting and the dissemination process. Participants also identified and discussed possible risks or issues that could affect project schedules. A review of the project work plan and partners’ roles and responsibilities was made.
During the period of 31.10.2016 - 01.11.2016, a 2-days National Workshop was held in Reșița, Romania at Colegiul Economic al Banatului Montan. The participants at the workshop were 40 teachers that also participated at the training courses organized in Romania in the framework of CL@SS project. The activities were focused on the following steps: explaining the methodology of training and presenting the didactical materials already translated, creating new exercises, forthcoming project activities and the teachers’ role in the project.
All the participants were very interested in the event, asked questions concerning the structure and use of didactic materials and the creation of the new exercises. They were involved and responsible in activities performed and they were also interested on the piloting activities and on their future activity in the project. Most of them admitted that the didactical materials are an important source for their future classes and they are anxious to use them and to create new exercises.
Teachers considered that trainers were very well prepared and gave them clear information. The workshop atmosphere was pleasant and it was an opportunity for them to participate to the workshop and exchange opinions with the other teachers.
5-days international transfer workshop took place in Celje, Slovenia in the period 3 – 7 October 2016. The event was attended by 24 trainers and experts from all partner countries. They had the chance to review and analyze training of teachers process and didactic materials content, and to prepare and plan for the forthcoming piloting activities on national level in partner countries.
CL@SS project training of Slovenian teachers was held in the period from 17th to 24th of August 2016 in two different schools: School Centre Velenje, 17th and 18th of August, and Secondary School of Nursing Celje, 23th and 24th of August. The training session in each school lasted two days and teachers were active and engaged in the process of learning the new methodology.
During 16-17.06.2016 and 22-23.06.2016, at the Economical College of Mountainous Banat Resita, there were organized 3 training courses for teachers within Erasmus + CL@SS project. The trainers were three of the teachers from the school: Soreanu Loredana, Oana Tătaru and Marius Cornici, who attended the training course organized in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
CEBM launched the invitation to participate in this course to all the teachers concerned. The three training courses were attended by 43 teachers from different schools in Resita and they were organized into 3 different groups. The course was conducted over a period of 2 days for each group and focused on one of the project’s targeted social competences, „Competence for effective communication”. The participants consider that the training was very useful for their teaching activity and they think that this king of activities should be organized more often and for all the teachers. They consider that the activities carried out were very dynamic, intense, good organized and planned. Teachers were glad that they had the occasion to share own opinion and to participate during all the activities.
We thank all participants for their commitment and positive attitude they have shown during activities!
CL@SS project training of Bulgarian teachers was held in the period from 11th of June till 12th of July 2016. The training was conducted in three groups with teachers from three schools in Sofia – 137th Secondary School “Angel Kunchev”, 22nd Secondary School “G. S. Rakovski” and Second English Language School „Thomas Jefferson“. The teachers participated with enthusiasm since they showed desire to develop new skills in their students. The trainers met the expectations of groups and the activities were held in an atmosphere of effective communication and positive emotions.
CL@SS project training of teachers in Turkey was held in the period May 16th to June 3rd. 51 secondary school teachers in different subject divided into 3 groups were involved in the activities.
6-days training of trainers for the project CL@SS was carried out in the period 4 to 9 April 2016 in Ostrava, the Czech Republic. The training was organized and conducted by qualified trainers of the Czech partner RPIC-ViP. It was attended by 12 selected trainees coming from Turkey, Slovenia, Romania and Bulgaria whose mission was to get acquainted with the methodology and to learn how to carry out trainings of teachers in their own countries as planned in the project. The train-the-trainers programme integrated theoretical and practical parts and its design followed the model of the transferred project methodology for teaching social skills. After passing through the full cycle of activities and discussing their purpose and logical sequence, the trainees were given the opportunity to practice in real their knowledge and skills and receive feedback on their performance. All participants were active and engaged in the process of discussion and interaction, contributing by sharing experience and creative ideas for the good working atmosphere and positive results achieved. Leisure time was also fully used to expand the common cultural knowledge and strengthening of good partnership and transnational relationships while visiting interesting places and sights in the city and the region. Full of energy and inspiration the newly trained trainers headed to their countries, where in June 2016 they will carry out training sessions with teachers from secondary schools to work with the methodology of teaching social skills.
Celje youth center conducted several information meetings with teachers and trainers between 14 and 18 March 2016 as part of the Cl@SS project.
We have presented the aims and objectives of the project, trainings, activities and workshops that will be implemented during the project and the methodology of soft skills and its impact on learning and pupils. More than 100 participants attended the presentations.