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ERASMUS +

Erasmus Policy Statement (Overall Strategy)

INSTITUTION'S INTERNATIONAL (EU AND NON EU) STRATEGY.

DESCRIPTION STUDIES OF THE CENTER.

The IES Joaquin Costa, is a perfect setting surrounded by extensive vineyards to learn winemaking.

In the center there are high school students and vocational students.

The offer is embodied in two training cycles of Viticulture, winemaking and olive oil production.

Part of the curriculum includes a module or course consisting of practical work in companies (FCT) and it is mandatory to obtain the Higher Technician qualification in Wine Making
Projects developed

In previous years we have collaborated with the University of Zaragoza developing joint projects related to modern winemaking techniques.

The most important project developed and led by our center is www.cataunvino.es (www.tasteawine.es),which was to develop a website for teaching wine tasting, it is an interactive website able to issue a rating for a tasting by a student, in front of one of the wines that were validated by an expert panel, the web is presented in five European languages.

In addition to the training of our students and open to the public, we also organize a Technical Conference in oenology every year

Relations with other regional and national institutions.

Our center has also signed a cooperation agreement for the formation of our students, with major local institutions The center collaborates with other regional institutions related to the sector, AOC, Food Industry Associations, Chamber of Commerce, Winemakers associations...

The center maintains a regular relationship with the whole Spanish Schools dedicated to viticulture, and participates in conferences that are organized together and in the development of a web platform www.escuelasespanolas.com dedicated to sharing related educational materials.

Previous experience in European relations.

In previous courses and with other programs, we have sent students to do internships in other European countries.

The center has been participating for two years in the European Championships of The winemaking schools network, where they go in the order of 30 institutes from more than 15 European countries. These championships are organized by EUROPEA, an association for agricultural education in Europe, and we have contact with all schools attending this international event.

The center is inscribed on the platform of e-twining, for the twinning with other European centers.

Currently we are developing a Comenius project with an institute in Poland.

Objectives of the center regarding European projects:
1. Modernization and internationalization of the center.
2. Develop a network of contacts in European wineries where to send our trainees.
3. At least two students each year make mobility, making FCT in European wineries.
4. At least one professor makes mobility each year.
5. Getting lead or participate in a Leonardo Partnership project, related to viticulture or winemaking.

Actions to be taken to achieve the objectives and ensure the quality of the mobilities We will select the more feasible regions where sending our students. Although any part of Europe seems feasible, in principle, is thought that will be easier to find regions in which the communication transport it won’t suppose no serious drawback, in that sense we think in first in northern Italy and southern France .

In a first stage:

A teacher from our center will contact with educational centers within their area of influence and that they can:

Help us select and facilitate business contacts that could be best suited to the training needs of our students.

If it’s necessary he will move to the selected geographic area and on-site he will visit and meet with the heads of the companies selected, he will explain the training program and will sign cooperation agreements.

He will ask for help and guidance in finding accommodation for students.

If necessary, a teacher from our center will accompany the student or group of students at their destination in practice to help them integrate in his job training.

During the student's stay abroad, the tutor will maintain weekly communication with the students and with their tutor in the workplace, using: e-mail, skype. Whats up, Telephone

Upon completion of the internship period, the student will be assessed by his tutor in the company, and if he has completed the 370 hours of training required by Spanish legislation, the tutor will qualify with fit or unfit and get he will get certified.

The prospective students that could may request our cooperation from other countries, will be treated equally and according to what they can apply from the centers of the rest of Europe

We are open to any suggestions and help in any way we can.

STRATEGY FOR THE ORGANISATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERNATIONAL (EU AND NON-EU) COOPERATION PROJECTS IN TEACHING AND TRAINING

The most important project developed and led by our center is www.cataunvino.es, which was to develop a website for teaching wine tasting, it is an interactive website able to issue a rating for a tasting by a student, in front of one of the wines there were validated by an expert panel, the web is presented in five European languages.

Currently our most important objective is getting lead or participate in a Partnership Leonardo project, related to the wine tasting, in that sense to be included in a European network of Viticulture School, and participating in their European Championships, gives us great number of contacts that otherwise would be more complex to obtain, we aim to increase the links with this network, and thus getting partners to develop a project to improve the training of teachers and students in the field of wine tasting.

OBJECTIVES THAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF STUDENTS AND TEACHERS: KEY ISSUES FOR HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

1 Increasing attainment levels to provide the graduates and researchers Europe needs
We hope develop progression routes from vocational education. through procedures for recognising learning and experience gained outside formal education and training.
Encourage outreach to school students from 'non-traditional' learners, including adults; and reduce drop-out

2 Improving the quality and relevance of higher education
We want encourage a greater variety of study modes (e.g. part-time, modular learning, continuing education for adult returners and others already in the labour market).
We would like get a better exploit the potential of ICTs. And introduce incentives for our institution to invest in continuous professional development for our staff.

3 Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border co-operation
We would like encourage to build learning mobility more systematically into curricula and Ensure the efficient recognition of credits gained abroad through use of ECTS, Improve access, employment conditions and progression opportunities for students.

4 Making the knowledge triangle work: Linking higher education, research and business for excellence and regional development
We want stimulate the development of entrepreneurial, creative and innovation skills, and promote innovation through more interactive learning environments Encourage partnership and cooperation with business as a core activity,

5 Improving governance and funding
We hope select carefully targets of spending,
We would like get access to alternative sources of funding.
• With regard to our students and taking into account the Europe 2020 strategy:

We intend to motivate our students to perfect the knowledge of foreign languages.

We intend that they lose their fear and learn to move around the world, and seek opportunities beyond the borders of their own country.

Make them aware that we are moving in a globalized world economy and with the challenge of achieving true European single market.

We aim to improve the preparation of our students and that this helps them to be more productive in the companies they subsequently develop their work, and that this will mean more opportunities to find a job.

They can see new ideas that help them start their own business if they wish.

They can adapt more easily to different environments.

They learn to interact and improve their relationships with others in the workplace, accepting the multiculturalism environment easier.

They be better and able to solve the problems that arise by themselves

They had access to other technologies and different ways of working that can be imported into our country.

We hope to increase the number of students that will study vocational training, thereby the dropout rate will be reduced
 
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