Summary and Objectives

From birth to adult age – a WBL successful Practice! (WBL S.P.) is a partnership between a Polytechnic Institute, 3 VET colleges, 3 enterprises in the areas of Metallurgy, Mechanics, Mechatronics and Industrial Maintenance and 3 Public Bodies from 3 different countries (Portugal, Spain and Italy).

It is a 3 year project, whereby VET staff, trainers in enterprises and students from 3 countries will participate in a ‘problem based learning’ project, aimed at developing 3 new innovative and creative Competency-based Curricula, in the above mentioned areas, which simultaneously include a creative and innovative teaching practice, relating to Entrepreneurship Education.

This New pedagogy will be developed for VET staff enabling higher level ‘applied’ and updated skills amongst learners, increasing simultaneously innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial skills and thereby narrowing the gap between academia and the world of work. The 3 companies will lead other local similar businesses and provide a real world learning environment leading ultimately to more motivated VET students willing to fill in the vacancies in the labour market, more innovative VET staff and more inclusive employers/trainers, able to share their knowledge among apprentices, being responsible actors in the educational process, from the very beginning. Our goal is to give tools to the Businesses, which will make the hosting easier and more productive, not overcoming the capacities of the business and at the same time, validate the learning results, based in the EQVETs. The process and results of this validation (a report to be annexed to the student’s diploma) will be done by the Platform developed by IPP Partner. The results of this project will also make it easier the hosting of VET students and will encourage more businesses & trainers to be part of the VET system. This platform will be reusable and expandable for other VET areas.

VET teachers will be better prepared to give the students the technological knowledge and competences they need.

Trainers will be better prepared to lead with demotivation and misbehaviour. They won’t be mere receptors of interns/trainees during a pre defined compulsory period in the respective curricula, but really involved in the construction of a professional regarding the acquisition of technical competences and entrepreneurial skills.

Both will contribute for the platform that supports all the items considered important to develop the competences needed in a real environment and match the potential of students and needs of enterprises (adjustment between demand and offer among technical workers) in the joint construction of a new curricula/programme.

Local authorities will have as main challenge to promote local and regional development. On the other hand, they are the mediators and the direct interlocutors with the Ministry of Education aiming the adoption at national level of the new curricula.
VET students will then test this approach and methodology by participating in a Problem based learning project in the national & transnational enterprise.

WBL. S.P will be delivered through WBL approaches, curricula and practices comprising of VET students, VET staff and employers. Each partner will engage with local/regional industries with experience or the desire to implement new and innovative Mechanics, Mechatronics and Industrial Maintenance curricula&integration approaches both for VET students, vet teachers and trainers.

WBL. S.P! seeks to build on matching the right VET student to the right enterprise&tasks and, at the same time, give VET teachers and instructors a better preparation both for teaching technological subjects and deal better with demotivation and misbehaviour, respectively, involved in the construction of a professional both technical and entrepreneurially speaking.

WBL. S.P! focuses on this duality of purpose and seeks to move VET students & teachers/instructors from ‘theoretical, technical and entrepreneurial competences’ to ‘Real usage and adaptation of technical and entrepreneurial competences’ and develop the skills amongst VET students&teachers, enabling them to ‘hit the ground running’ in an industry sector that has an in-build bias towards entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.

WBL. S.P! will provide opportunities for VET staff and students to participate in Training events & blended mobilities leading to the development of new pedagogy based on competences in applied Mechanics, Mechatronics and Industrial Maintenance enabling closer links between employers and VET providers.

Participation within this project is an opportunity for collaboration between VET providers, students, employers/instructors and relevant stakeholders in the same VET field across southern Europe. The partners will exchange methodologies and good practices approaches, to improve the expertise of VET teachers and to embed extra-curricular activity in the sectorial fields.