- Erasmus + Mobility
2019-2022 in total 43 students studying carpentry, IT and assistant chef and 47 staff members participate in Erasmus + Mobility programme “Improving Competences and Skills through European mobility” and "Creating equal opportunities for independent participation in society by learning from each other". Continuous development and quality of services is very important for Astangu VRC. To be able to look into the future and offer sustainable solutions, the development must take place at individual level of the specialists and students and managers who create and develop the whole organization together. Developing of both workspecific skills and general competencies (ability in initating action and change, communication skills and openness) are equally important for that.
Our need is to create possibilities for the ongoing development of staff by training and offering different experiences both on national and international levels. We see that mobility activities have a huge impact on professional development, increasing motivation and inspiration, applying innovative methodologies, take initiative in developing the whole system for vocational education and training and see their own possibilities and abilities.
Equally important is to offer the same possibilities for the students with special needs, to enrich their professional competence and personal development and open them for new experiences. As students and specialists work hand in and on an equal level at Astangu, we find it very relevant for both groups to be open-minded and open for change. Our students are the future employees in different establishments and international experience will support their view of the world and themselves.
The projects have 2 main goals:
1. To offer the students of Astangu VRC in vocational education a professional European mobility to support their competitiveness through growth of their professional and social skills. The aim is fulfilled by working and living in foreign environment.
2. To develop the competence of specialists and employees of Astangu VRC through international co-operation experience and new practical services/methodologies in order for them to participate in developing the field of vocational education for people with disabilities and be motivated and open to international context. Also to learn to empower and support the students on their way to the labour market.
The result will show in new professional skills and knowledge for all participants, increased social skills and acitivity, increased self-confidence and self-efficacy, motivation and better fluency in foreign languages (mainly English).
New methodologies and ways of working will be tested and implemented as a direct outcome of the staff mobility. International co-operation with partners will be ongoing and stronger for continuous developement of all parties.
By fulfilling the aims of the project we support the strategic goals at Astangu, in Estonia and Europe in general, including transition from vocational education to the labour market, social inclusion and innovation.
Nowadays entrepreneurs emphasize the need to base new business endeavours on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – otherwise known as STEM areas. However, statistics show that only a small number of students choose to study in these areas, fewer students represent students with special education needs. This project is to help find out how students with special educational needs (SEN-students) can find a way to start earning their own income by using their special skills.
Latvia, Estonia, and Finland have started a collaboration within the framework of the INTEREG project SENsationalSTEM to develop a training program for students with special educational needs in STEM entrepreneurship, raising their competitiveness.
- Developing a curriculum and training materials for STEM-based entrepreneurship considering SEN-students' specific needs.
- Training teachers to deliver trainings as a team: both STEM and entrepreneurship teachers are involved simultaneously.
- Training SEN-students in STEM-based entrepreneurship, including the formation of joint cross-border STEM-based possible business ideas.
- Raising awareness about STEM-based entrepreneurial possibilities, especially in the SEN context through reaching out to a wide range of stakeholders and network development.
- Influencing a pro-entrepreneurial attitude in the society and among youngsters.
As a results of this project: 104 Latvian, Estonian and Finnish students, 20 teachers and 20 entrepreneurship mentors will be trained to work with the new program and will participate in the development of 5 international student companies and 7 business simulation.
- Perho Culinary, Tourism and Business College
- Omnia The Joint Authority of Education in the Espoo Region
- Kiipula Vocational College
- Ekami The Joint Authority of Education of Kotka-Hamina Region Group
- Viljandi Vocational Training Centre
- Astangu Vocational Rehabilitation Center
- Narva Paju School
- Tartu Herbert Masing School
- Tartu Art School
- College of the State Agency for Social Integration
- Technology and Design Technical School of Vidzeme
- Talsi State Gymnasium
- Riga 66th Secondary School
Find out more https://www.sensationalstem.eu
Project period is April 2020 - September 2022
- SKILLS- Skills and Knowledge In Lifelong Learning
The Project name SKILL stands for Skills and Knowledge In Lifelong Learning. SKILLS project brings together four countries:Finland, Lithuania, Estonia and Faroe Islands. SKILLS is a two-year project, a thematic network that intends to form new permanent relations for further mobilities of adult
students and members of staff. The shared theme for the adult learners involved in this project is to
develop the knowledge and the importance of informal lifelong learning.
The aim of this project is also to find Nordic work and study shadowing experiences for adult students
with special needs and for specialists in the field. The educational organizations taking part in this
project are rehabilitation centres, sheltered work shops or/and vocational schools with students with
special needs. The purpose of the intended project is to improve and empower the life skills and the
employability of the people with special needs.
The participant organizations in this Project are Spesia Vocational College, Astangu Vocational
Rehabilitation Centre, Valakupiai Rehabilitation Centre and Dugni Vocational College. In this thematic
Network the main focus is to offer the vocational students with special needs an opportunity to improve
the life skills through the actions and activities carried out in the Project. The aim is to make the informal
learning "visible"; to raise the awareness of the importance of everyday life skills.
Project period August 2018 – July 2021
- SSIQ4U-Specialized Sport-Instructor Qualification For You
This project brings together four countries:Italy, Estonia, Lithuania and Spain. The expected result in this project is a “curriculum for qualification of sports instructor who works with people
with disabilities”. The curriculum will be tested in practice and disseminated to sports clubs/facilities and rehabilitation centers.
Other expected outcomes are:
1. A profile for sports instructor who works with people with disabilities.
2. Guidelines and recommendations - to provide the best instructions and sports activities to people with disabilities
The project will use the European Qualification Framework for describing the outcomes of the Sport-
Instructor Curriculum, that will facilitate the acceptance and dissemination across different EU countries and
education and training systems in these countries.
Find out more http://www.sportplus4all.eu/ssiq4u.aspx
Project period is January 2019 - December 2020.
- Digital Innovation in Vocational Education and Training
In the project "Digital Invitation", 10 VET institutions from 8 European countries meet in total 6 times to discuss the topic of digitization in the field social work, focussed on the vocational education and training, to present each other with best practice models. All workshops follow the same pattern. Thus, implementation models and / or current developments are presented from all institutions. Afterwards, an intense discussion with common conclusions and a so-called SWOT (Strengths-Weaknesses-Threats-Opportunities) -analysis by the participants will be given, recorded and thereby objectified the respective project dimension. There is a workshop documentation for each workshop, which will also be designed according to a fixed structure. After the end of the project, all documentation and results will be made available to interested parties.
The goals of the project are:Exchange of knowledge and best practice models The project develops the positive use of digital tools in VET Legal certainty: by dealing with regulations and data protection The project develops knowledge management in the institutions. In the project the participants learn from and with each other. Consideration of generation management Internationalization and uprising an European attitude Quality improvement in VET Implementation of health management and working security
The partners are:
1. Josefsheim Bigge - Olsberg, Germany
2. BBW Neckargemuend - Heidelberg. Germany
3. Academy for Age Research - Vienna, Austria
4. Fundacion Intras - Valladolid, Spain
5. Fudacao Afid - Lisbon, Portugal
6. FNADEPA - Paris, France
7. University of Rehabilitation - Ljubljana, Slovenia
8. Diakonie Helsinki - Helsinki, Finland
9. Astangu Rehabilitation Center - Tallinn, Estonia
10. Mariaberg - Mariaberg, Germany (project leader).
Project period is September 2019 - August 2022