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.
National methodological workshops where conducted between 1.12. and 7.12.2016 in Slovenia, as part of the CL@SS project. 77 teachers have attended the workshops organized in two different schools:
- School Centre Velenje;
- Secondary School of Nursing Celje.
In the workshops, teachers discussed the presented methodology and translated materials, their use in classroom, teaching of pupils with selected material and got ideas about creating a new set of exercises.
From 7.12.2017 on trainers are conducting support meetings for teachers while they are implementing methodology in their daily work in the classrooms.
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.
In October 2016, in the beautiful Logarska Valley the principals of primary and secondary schools from Velenje and Upper Savinja Valley took part in a workshop called Soft skills learning in class. The principals participated in workshops where soft skills were based on school management. During the workshop the bases of experiential learning were introduced. At the end some possibilities of soft skills learning were discussed and their importance was emphasized.
Celje’s newspaper Novi Tednik published an article about the 5 days International transfer workshop that took place in Celje youth center in October 2016. From 3 to 7 of October, 15 trainers and project leaders from 5 countries discussed reviewed and analyzed training of teachers’ process and didactic materials content.
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.