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El IES San Sebastián tiene el deseo de fomentar la movilidad de nuestro alumnado de Ciclos Formativos de Grado Superior en el ámbito de la Unión Europea, mediante su participación en la CARTA ERASMUS 2014-2020.

Erasmus Policy Statement (Overall Strategy)

The IES San Sebastian International strategy should be understood taking into account that this is a medium size Secondary School, located in one of the less developed regions of southern Europe, with a very unfavorable economic background and one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the European Union. Our institution is aimed at high school, post-compulsory education students who want to access to College and at High Vocational Training students from the Administration and Marketing-Trade branches who should mainly enter the labor market at the conclusion of their studies. For this reason, it is easy to understand the importance that our Institution gives to our international strategy, since it is this strategy itself what could condition our students’ labor and professional future. Focusing now on the design of the strategy, it is noted that it centers on two complementary objectives:

1.To provide the greatest possible number of our students and teachers a mobility experience and contacts related to learning in the context of the EU, (this number will always be limited). For the fulfillment of this objective, we favor the participation of our center in all projects and programs to this end.

2.To provide the possibility that a number of our students of the Higher Level Training Cycles could perform the Training at Work module in companies located in the European Union countries, where they can be tutored and visited, even if it were occasionally, by their teachers. The module of Training at Work is a formative stay in companies which is mandatory for the consecution of the degree.

Since the monitoring of our students once they finish their studies has shown that an experience of this nature improves very significantly their chances of employment not only outside Spain, but mostly in our own country, the acquisition by our Institution of the Erasmus Charter is vital for the achievement of this goal.

The consecution of the latter goal involves the development of various actions on our part among which we include:

1. The selection of students who can make their Training at Work period in companies located in EU countries and the teachers in charge of monitoring and tutoring. This selection is made based on four criteria:

-The students and teachers’ language proficiency, especially in English but in other languages of the EU countries too. In relation to students this is valued by the Department of Languages of our Institution through objective tests.

 -The students’ maturity and competence in social skills related to their job performance and their ability to function in different and unknown social environments. This is assessed by the reports submitted by the tutors and Guidance Department.

 -The professional competence of our students which will be assessed on the basis of the marks obtained in the modules previously passed.

-The student’s vocation and attitude to participate in an internationalization experience, which will also be assessed by means of the tutors’ report.

2. Search and selection of associates

A. Search and selection of Institutions in EU countries willing to host our students. These Institutions will select companies in its appropriate environment for the students’ training stay and contribute to their mentoring and monitoring. This search is performed by means of:

- Our teachers’ contact network at the service of the best training of our students, whether obtained particularly or through the participation in other European programs (Comenius etc.). - telematic participation in forums created for this purpose.

B. Direct search and selection of companies in EU countries where our students could perform their Training at Work stay. We intend to seek candidate companies through contact with those companies in our area that have a greater international dimension and that could provide us contacts with those European companies with which they have strong trade relations. In this sense, and given the location of our Institution, we aim to contact export horticultural cooperatives (mainly strawberries) and chemical companies. Our experience is that, taking into account our students' professional profile, these business partners are not only suitable for providing our students a formative stay, but also their status as commercial partners of major companies in our environment, greatly improves our students’ employability.

If applicable, please describe your institution's strategy for the organisation and implementation of international (EU and non-EU) cooperation projects in teaching and training in relation to projects implemented under the Programme. (max. 2000 characters)

Original language [EN]

As we have already said, one of the objectives of the IES San Sebastian international strategy is to provide the greatest possible number of our students and teachers’ mobility experience and contacts related to learning in the context of the UE. (The number will always be limited). To achieve this goal, we encourage the participation of our school in all projects and programs to this end. In this sense, our institution has participated for several years in various projects under the UE Lifelong Learning Programme: Comenius Action for Multilateral School Partnerships.

Our current Comenius Project is called "The future, my issue, your issue, ours". Four schools located in four European countries work together in the project: Hamburg (Germany), Agen (France), Venice (Italy) and our school in Huelva (Spain). Through this project we intend to find out the common view of students on personal and national future of Europe, documenting conclusions in literary texts, drawings, collages, graphics, recordings and other material.  

For the academic year 2013-14, our center intends to participate in a Comenius project on pupils’ mobility and it is also pending of approval our participation in a Comenius Assistants Project.

We have previously participated in other Comenius projects called "The Sea, peoples, cultures and cities"

All this reveals a determined will by our Institution to enhance and maintain the international strategy mentioned, on the belief that it is a key factor for improving the training and employability of our students.

 Please explain the expected impact of your participation in the Programme on the modernisation of your institution (for each of the 5 priorities of the Modernisation Agenda*) in terms of the policy objectives you intend to achieve. (max. 3000 characters)

Original language [EN]

We hope that the participation of our students of Higher Level Training Cycles in mobility activities under the Erasmus Charter and the implementation of the policy described above represents, as it has happened in previous years, a revitalization, improvement and modernization factor of undeniable importance, closely linked to the strategic priorities of modernization of higher education in the EU. Thus:

1. Concluding studies with a stay at companies outside the country is certainly a major motivating factor which inspires our students by providing a broader and richer vision of reality on which to project their personal and professional future. Therefore, it promotes increased levels of student success and not only at the time of their qualifications, but also when they incorporate into professional life.

2 and 3.The training stay in companies is compulsory for our students’ degree but it is clear that conducting such training periods in companies in the EU adds more quality and relevance to the higher education that we provide, improving students’ employability and their position in the labor market at the conclusion of their studies. And this is so not only in the countries in which the stay is done, but in our own country, especially, if we can get that these stays are made in companies which are commercial partners of the best companies in our area.

4.The close relationship that we already have in our center with the company is enhanced, acquiring this pairing a new dimension, as it establishes cooperation with companies beyond our borders. Therefore, it reinforces at least one aspect of that virtuous circle of higher education which is the relationship with the company and with the investigation, an aspect which is precisely more susceptible of strengthening from our Institution, since we can´t forget that it aims at Higher Vocational Training.

5.The economic difficulties that our country is suffering have made that the resources that our institution can provide have not increased, quite on the contrary, have been reduced in recent years. Despite this, and for all previously presented, the access to mobility opportunities which the Erasmus Charter represents is a priority for our students and for our Institution that we couldn´t definitely do without, mostly in the difficult economic circumstances that we have explained and that make much more necessary a modern Higher Vocational Training and with future prospects.



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