2021: Good practices for optimizing internships for the integration of car mechanics on the labor market

Project Promoter: Colegiul Tehnic „Lațcu Vodă” Siret

Project Code: 2021-EY-PCVET-0001

Partners: IEK DELTA (GR) – S.C. Service Auto-VIV (RO) – IDEC SA (GR)

The main objective of the project was to prepare school graduates so that they can be ensured job placement by participating in optimized internship programs for this purpose.

Specific objectives focused on: developing organizational skills for organizing quality internship programs; developing work-based learning methods and practical activities to integrate students into the workforce; developing professional skills for students in the automotive mechanic profile; developing cooperation capacity with partner institutions in Greece.

Improving the quality of workplace learning for students in our school, for better optimization of practical skills in relation to labor market requirements, was achieved through the exchange of experience between our school, the economic agent S.C. Service Auto VIV, and similar institutions in Greece. We aimed to develop both the professional skills of internship tutors and those of VET teachers participating in the project, with subsequent application to improve the quality of practical training internships. The project aimed to improve the quality of vocational and technical education in Siret, with an impact on integrating our graduates into the job market upon course completion. The study visit to Greece provided a unique international experience for the teaching staff. Visiting companies and local institutions operating in the field for which we are preparing, presenting examples of best practices, as well as visits to VET schools, vocational training centers, and partner companies contributed to a more accurate identification of the professional skills needed to use new technologies in automotive construction, analyzing and comparing activities carried out at school and with partners, as well as exchanging ideas and best practices with local professionals. Twelve people participated in the study visit, including VET teachers, the unit manager, the English teacher, and representatives of the economic agent. During the 6 days of activities, we benefited from the following program:

Presentation of local work methodologies, materials, and specialized tools for the automotive mechanic profession;
Presentation of work programs within internships.

(2) Vehicle Technical Inspection Center (Cholargos) & Professional High School in Agia Paraskevi:
Example of best practices in automotive mechanics, presentation of modern auto diagnostic methods;
Presentation of practical training spaces and workstations;
Participation in discussions with host school representatives on how students carry out their internships.

(3) “Stathakis Demetrios” Auto Maintenance and Repair Workshop & Rooster Autohaus:
Discussions, exchange of practices in collaboration between school and economic agent;
Meeting with staff and presentation of educational tools used in Greece;
Participation in a practical lesson in professional education in automotive mechanics.

(4) Professional High School in Agia Paraskevi:
Education and practical training in Greece;
Meeting of VET teachers from Romania and Greece.

(5) IEK DELTA & AMS Attika Motor Service:
Educational tools in the VET field of automotive mechanics in Greece;
Practical lesson in automotive mechanics;
Meeting with staff and exchange of practices regarding auto tuning and upgrades.

Practical activity regarding the organization of workstations and the preparation of work sheets for internship participants;
Discussions on transferable knowledge gained during the study visit and how they can be used in Romania;
Evaluation of learning outcomes and improved skills during the study visit;
Awarding of participation certificates and Europass certificates.

During the project implementation, the following products were developed: a CDL and a work agreement for the 11th grade, the Automotive Mechanic qualification, as well as a collection of work sheets. The project results are used during the practical training process, both at school and in economic agencies. Upon successful completion, the project contributes to promoting vocational and technical education through quality practical training internships, offering new opportunities for graduates to integrate into the job market.