The SWIRL- Student Work experience In Real Life Erasmus+ Project Meeting took place in Aveiro, Portugal on 27th and 28th September 2018.
The host, Escola Secundária José Estevão, presented some student projects and employers working with the school in organizing short-term assignments for students in order to let them have real life on the job experience. The school management is a member of the local Council for Education in Aveiro and is engaging parents, business owners and intermediary organisations for collecting and matching the business requests for assignments with the school offer of students with relevant interests and skills.
A study visit to Lusogolfe, Lda company has demonstrated the business-school cooperation in providing real life experience for the students and helping them develop skills like time management, responsibility, team-work, respect for others (especially to older people and people with disabilities).
The meeting has been an opportunity to reflect on the one-year progress in research and design work for all expected project outputs and to plan the next steps in the actual production and launch of student-initiated biz-edu Alliance Set-up Toolkit; Teacher Guide; Company handbook; learning materials for students and an on-line platform for learning and collaboration.
If your school has good examples of cooperation with business or non-profit organisations in providing short-term assignments to students, please contact EfVET central office by sending short description and web-links in an e-mail.
SWIRL roundtable session at EfVET Annual Conference is planned for 26th October 2018 and will be an opportunity to learn more about the project and share your experience in school-business cooperation.