MENTORTRAIN

EURASHE is a partner in the MENTORTRAIN project.

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MentorTrain mission is to train and equip mentors in SMEs to provide quality apprenticeships. The vision behind this mission is that improving the competence of mentors will translate in increased apprenticeship placement offers by SMEs, improved apprenticeships’ quality and better learning outcomes of apprentices.

To accomplish this mission and vision, MentorTrain will:

  • Create training materials for prospective and early-stage mentors in higher VET/PHE by:
    • Defining the specific competencies required by early-stage and experienced mentors and use this to define learning activities which can be used to acquire these competencies, structured as a common curriculum for mentorship within PHE-apprenticeships.
    • Creating a course aimed at prospective and early stage mentors, made up of a set of modular online micro-learning units, each of which will allow participants to master a specific competence relevant to quality mentoring.
  • Improve the competencies of experienced mentors by:
    • Assisting experienced mentors in designing detailed training plans for specific placements, a methodological guide on applying “A Design-Thinking Approach for Defining Placements”, will be created and piloted by mentors in four countries, across a total of 12 placements.
    • Creating a practice-sharing platform whereby mentors will be able to upload and share placement-plans created using the above approach, and re-use plans created by other mentors, so as to introduce an element of collegiality into placement design, similar to the collegiality which is so critical to quality teaching in higher education.
    • Creating a resource pack of templates and forms which can help mentors standardise each part of the mentorship process.

MentorTrain aims to define the specific competencies required by early-stage and experienced mentors, and use this to define learning activities which can be used to acquire these competencies, structured as a common curriculum for mentorship within PHE-apprenticeships.

These will be used to create a course aimed at prospective and early stage mentors, made up of a set of modular online micro-learning units, each of which will allow participants to master a specific competence relevant to quality mentoring.

To assist experience mentors in designing detailed training-plans for specific placements, the consortium will author a methodological guide on applying “A Design-Thinking Approach for Defining Placements”, which guide will be piloted by mentors in four countries, across a total of 12 placements.

Following are the partners of the project:

  • Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges (Association HVC)- Skupnost višjih strokovnih šol Republike Slovenije (SKUPNOST VSŠ) Association HVC is the association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges offering 2-year professional programs awarded with 120 ECTS and dealing with applied... Read more
  • Centre for Investigation and Applied Innovation in VET (Tknika)- Tknika is the Institute for the Innovation of the Vocational and Educational Training System. It was established by the Vice-Ministry of Education of the Basque Government. It was created in... Read more
  • CIFP Don Bosco LHII- CIFP Don Bosco LHII is a state Vocational Training College that belongs to the Basque Government Education System. The mission of CIFP Don Bosco is to provide students with quality... Read more
  • Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE)- Sdružení profesního terciárního vzdělávání (SSVS)   The Czech Association of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) is an independent organisation of colleges and institutes of professional higher education in the Czech Republic.... Read more
  • Knowledge Innovation Centre (Malta) (KIC-Malta)- The Knowledge Innovation Centre is a dynamic consultancy focusing on knowledge brokerage and innovation of knowledge transfer processes. The Centre brings together a variety of local and European experts from... Read more
  • Tallinna Tehnikakõrgkool University of Applied Sciences (TTK UAS)- TTK University of Applied Sciences (TTK UAS) is a state professional higher education institution, offering competitive professional higher education in the fields of engineering, production, technology, architecture and construction. TTK University of Applied... Read more
  • CIFP Don Bosco LHII

    CIFP Don Bosco LHII is a state Vocational Training College that belongs to the Basque Government Education System. The mission of CIFP Don Bosco is to provide students with quality training based on human values. We work to guarantee the acquisition of technical, personal and social skills and offer students the chance to be certified to apply for University access, to create their own company or to be employed by local or international companies.

    At present 850 students are enrolled in full time studies and around 780 are expected in part-time lifelong learning courses. 130 teachers and 12 people in administration make up the institution staff.

    CIFP Don Bosco offers Initial Vocational Training (EQF4) in Electromechanics, Car painting, Chemical Plant, Soldering and Welding, Heating and Refrigeration and Telecommunication Installations. Short- Cycles (EQF5) in Motor Vehicle, Laboratory Analysis and Quality Control, Industrial Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry,  Industrial Mechatronics, Metal Structures, Electronic Maintenance and Heating , Ventilation and Air Conditioning Plants Maintenance.

    INSTITUT JOŽEF STEFAN

    Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI) is the main research institution for natural sciences in Slovenia having over 900 researchers within 25 departments working in the areas of computer science, physics, and chemistry and biology. Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, having approx 40 researchers, is one of the largest European research groups working in information technologies and artificial intelligence. The laboratory closely collaborates with Centre for Knowledge Transfer in Information Technologies (CT3) working in the areas of knowledge management, research results dissemination and e-learning.

    Centre for Investigation and Applied Innovation in VET (Tknika)

    Tknika is the Institute for the Innovation of the Vocational and Educational Training System. It was established by the Vice-Ministry of Education of the Basque Government. It was created in 2005 to promote innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in the VET centres of the Basque Country. Private and public VET centres, according to established competences, deal with levels 3, 4 and 5. Tknika is certified with ISO 9001:2000 (Quality Management System) and UNE 166002 (Innovation in Management System). This ensures that our systematic work meets the highest standards of quality and facilitates innovation in all our projects. Tknika’s vision is to become a reference of innovation for VET and LLL in Europe, and to reach such targets we have adopted a strategy of collaboration in network at two levels: 1. In the Basque Country, Tknika coordinates the vocational training colleges in innovation projects and it also maintains a strategic monitoring service in contact with universities, companies and technology centres, allowing us to keep updated of the latest developments, ideas and approaches to innovation in areas to which we refer later. 2. At an international level, membership in international networks of vocational training colleges, technology centres and associations as EFVET (European Forum of Vocational Education and Training), TA3 (Transatlantic Alliance) or WFCP (World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics) allows us to share tools and knowledge about the steps being taken in different countries in the field of innovation.

    Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE)

    Sdružení profesního terciárního vzdělávání (SSVS)
     
    The Czech Association of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) is an independent organisation of colleges and institutes of professional higher education in the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1991. CASPHE represents interests of the particular type schools and education, contributes to their development. It plays a role in policy discussions as regards formulation of problems relevant to the development of professionally-oriented higher (tertiary) education sector faces and proposals of their solution. CASPHE facilitates mutual cooperation of member schools and exchange their experiences, facilitates contact individual for members seeking to create conditions for qualitative growth, creates a sense of belonging and mutual interest.

     

    CASPHE activities include:

    • conceptual and policy work on the development and structuring of professionally oriented tertiary education;
    • development of colleges and institutes of professional higher education including information on challenges, trends and developments at international level and promotion of experience from abroad;
    • promotion of the idea of professional higher (tertiary) education including communication with professional bodies and representation of employers;
    • preparation and coordination of international and Czech-based projects, seminars and conferences;
    • activities in the field of quality management and improvement.

    Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges (Association HVC)

    Skupnost višjih strokovnih šol Republike Slovenije (SKUPNOST VSŠ)

    Association HVC is the association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges offering 2-year professional programs awarded with 120 ECTS and dealing with applied and professionally driven research within the first Bologna cycle at level 5 EQF. 29 such programs are provided in 33 towns across Slovenia. The Association HVC is focused on policy, quality and projects development in the field of higher vocational education, innovation and research with particular emphasis on applied and professional segments.

    Tallinna Tehnikakõrgkool University of Applied Sciences (TTK UAS)

    TTK University of Applied Sciences (TTK UAS) is a state professional higher education institution, offering competitive professional higher education in the fields of engineering, production, technology, architecture and construction. TTK University of Applied Sciences is the largest university of applied sciences in Estonia, currently educating 2760 students. TTK UAS offers 4-year professional higher education study programmes (240 ECTS), for daily learners, distance learners and in-service training courses in the Open University. The focus of the teaching, research and development activities of TTK UAS staff is to meet the needs of the Estonian labor market and enterprises. TTK UAS has got 5 faculties with 13 study programs. All the study programmes have passed the quality assessment and have got the licence for conducting studies. The language of instruction at TTK UAS is Estonian. For international students, we also offer study modules in English. The mission of TTK University of Applied Sciences is to support the sustainable development of Estonian society through applied higher education and knowledge transfer in the field of technology, primarily in engineering studies. The vision of TTK University of Applied Sciences is to be a reputable and internationally renowned university of professional technical education specialising mainly in the field of engineering.

    Knowledge Innovation Centre (Malta) (KIC-Malta)

    The Knowledge Innovation Centre is a dynamic consultancy focusing on knowledge brokerage and innovation of knowledge transfer processes. The Centre brings together a variety of local and European experts from a variety of fields, and has worked extensively within Quality Assurance of Higher Education, Technology Enhanced Learning, Student Services and knowledge economy (as it relates to the Lisbon Agenda and Barcelona Process). The Centre has forged close relationships with a number of stakeholders in the regional innovation and Higher Education fields, and is active in leveraging such relationships to build multi-disciplinary, multi-country networks for knowledge transfer and capitalisation. The Centre also offers a variety of online solutions geared at maximising quality assurance mechanisms, public relations and services.