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  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

    About the programme
  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

LLI-415 Deployment of high standards of knowledge, practical skills and understanding required for better employment in the regions (Deploy-Skills)

The needs for employability skills reflect the economic character of both Ventspils and Panevezys region. The project aims at helping adult employees to adapt to rapidly changing technology environments and to embrace social skills. Due to challenges faced by the labour markets and regional economies, there is a need for a well-balanced marketing mix of the educational programmes, and some radical changes at programme and institutional levels, while looking for some very strong differentiating factors. While tackling inefficiency of labour market of the Programme area, improvement of the education system through introduction of systemic approach to the solution, while involving relevant stakeholders and applying innovative technologically and methodologically sound teaching and learning methods, could lead to impactful results, especially from the perspective of people striving to become the entrepreneurs or adjusting to rapidly changing demands for work quality.

The objective of the project is to enhance employability and encourage students to gain skills to help them with career progression, while providing recognition for learners’ abilities and evidence of the skills required for success in the workplace. It is intended to carry out analysis of the current programs that are used to address targeted skills, and teaching processes that will lead to preparation of gap analysis and roadmap for introduction or update of the vocational programmes.

The project will make an analysis of the current programmes of Ventspils Vocational College and Panevezys Centre of Vocational Education, based on which a roadmap for programme development and deployment will be prepared. Vocational training programme “Work Skills” will be developed based on internationally recognised standards and using the best global practices. Programme “Work Skills” includes self-management Skills, Self-assessment, Working in a Team, Giving and Receiving Feedback, Personal Skills for Leadership, Presentations for Work, Negotiation Skills and Persuasion in the Workplace, Critical Thinking, Solving Work-related Problems, Project Management Skills, Skills for Starting a Business (180 learning hours). The programme will be piloted, while involving at least 100 persons (60 from Latvia and 40 from Lithuania).

As a result of the project, two schools in Programme regions will be capable of delivering high quality training programmes in compliance with international standards.

Social media and contacts:
Phone: +37163622663
E-mail: info@pikc.lv
Website: www.pikc.lv
Address: Saules Street 15, Ventspils, LV-3601

7 September 2020

International programme BTEC “Work skills” has been launched

On September 7, 2020, training was started at Ventspils Vocational College in the internationally recognized educational programme BTEC “Work Skills”. The total volume of the “Work skills” programme is 180h and it consists of 6 modules:
1) Maximizing Potential when Applying for a Job (30h)
2) Strategies to Improve Job Interview Skills (30h)
3) Preparing for Work Placement (30h)
4) Presentations for Work (30h)
5) Project Management Skills (30h)
6) Skills for Starting a Business (30h)

A total of 29 students started training in two separate groups and it is planned that the 3rd group (31 students) will start studies on October 1, 2020

At the end of the programme, students will receive a vocational education certificate, which is recognized in more than 70 countries all over the world.

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15 May 2020

Deploy-Skills project extended until 2021

Earlier this year project lead partner Ventspils Vocational College in coorperation with project partners from Lithuania made proposal to supervisory authority for a necessity to extend the project. Today on 15 May amendments for extension of project were signed and project is officialy prolonged until 31 May 2021

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21 February 2020

Partners adapt to market changes and agree to focus on one international qualification

LP and PP2 with permission of The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development has agreed to reduce qualifications. LP will exclude “Hospitality and Catering” and “Practical food safety” qualifications but PP2 “Beauty Therapy” qualification. Both of partners will concentrate their attention and resources on “Work skills” to adapt to market changes and meet the demand of regional employers.

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1 June 2019

First training for implementation of educational programmes in Ventspils (29.-31.05)

From 29th to 31st of May training for implementation of educational programmes took place in Ventspils Tehnikums which was taught by Pearson Education Limited trainer Niegel Jefferson. All teachers who will later in October teach these programmes took part in this 3 day training. Also all other two project partners (Regional Innovation Management Centre and Public institution Panevėžys vocational education and training centre) were in Ventspils to get first impression about programmes, its structure and implementation. It was really useful and it is planned that 2nd training for implementation of educational programmes will take place in Ventspils Tehnikums in late August.

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27 May 2019

Contract for development of educational programmes signed

On 27th of May Ventspils Tehnikums signed contract with Pearson Education Limited for development of internationally recognised educational programmes in three specialties – Work skills, Hospitality and catering principles, Practical food safety in catering – which in October 2019 will be taught to new students.

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21 January 2019

Project partner meeting

On January 2019 project meeting was held

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13 August 2018

Gap analysis and roadmap

On August 2018 project partner Regional Innovation Management Centre made Gap analysis and roadmap for LP and PP2

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15 June 2018

Project first activities

On June 2018 project meeting was held on which work plan was made and later that month implemented. Starting with development of informative posters, press releases and updates about project goals and activities on web pages

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Projects main output was to involve 100 adults in joint local employment initiatives and joint training. 60 students had to be trained in Ventspils Vocational College (LP) and 40 in Panevezys Centre of Vocational Education (PP2). Also at least 8 teachers/lectures had to be prepared to deliver the lectures. Vocational programme which was implemented into both project partner education institutions had to be developed and implemented based on internationally recognised standards and using best global practices.

 

Improvement of teachers’ competencies

BTEC “Work skills” programme that was introduced in both partner education institutions consisted of 6 modules, each modules lenght – 30h. Both partners were able to choose how to develop their own programme depending on their expert suggestions and regional economical needs but the practices and basic principles (evidence registration, the % of theory and practice) had to be the same. To reach common understanding of how to develop and implement the programme Pearson staff (BTEC experts) flew to Latvia during the summer of 2019 for 2 two day trainings to train LP and PP2 teachers and administration. Certificates were issued to all 22 attendees that will be able to use this knowledge and methodolical tools not only in this projects’ framework but also in their day-to-day work in other programs and subjects that will give project result longlife.

 

Enhancement of employability and labour mobility

The BTEC Work Skills program was developed using best global practices. The Work Skills program includes the development of competencies related to skills such as self-assessment, teamwork, leadership skills, self-presentation and communication skills, critical thinking, work-related problem solving, project management skills and business start-up skills that will allow our students to be more skilled and in demand in both the local and European labor markets. The program was piloted in September 2020 in Latvia (Ventspils) and and in February 2021 in Lithuania (Panevėžys). In total 100 students conducted training in this program, increased their competenes and obtained certificates that are recognised in more than 70 countries around the world.

 

Strengthening the material and technical base in the field of digital technologies

To ensure Work skills programme implementation project partners each bought equipment (20 tablets) that was used for education purposes and distances learning while Covid-19 restrictions did not allow face-to-face studies. This have also complemented institution’s material and technical equipment base and will allow students to learn with more modern technologies.

 

Methodological materials and manuals

Programme partners developed several handbooks and materials that were based on BTEC standards but adjusted to Work skills program that was implemented in each institution. Some of these handbooks are very specific and aimed for particual education institution but one of them “BTEC Centre handbook” can be used as information source for other interested groups who would like to develop and implement similar program in their institutions.

BTEC Centre handbook (ENG)

BTEC Centre handbook (LV)

 

Project reach

During project implementation project partners used their own social media platforms and web pages to inform general audiences and also target groups about the program and project aims, project progress and results. Two weeks before the end of the project an international conference was organized and gathered around 70 participants from various European countries to hand-over experience to other education institutions, to inform stakeholders about achieved results and just to celebrate successful project implementation.

International conference video: https://www.ventspilstehnikums.lv/projekta-lli-415-konferences-video-ieraksts/

 

 

 

Last updated: 19.05.2022 07:06