Aihearkisto: saapuvat opiskelijat

Kontaktien herättelyä koronatauon jälkeen

Kuvat ja teksti: Heli Mäkinen ja Rea Tuominen

Tekstiili- ja muotialan opettaja Heli Mäkinen vieraili huhtikuun 2022 alussa kolmessa The Dutch Alliancen -oppilaitoksessa herättelemässä vanhoja suhteita ja virittelemässä uusia. The Dutch Alliance on seitsemän ammatillisen oppilaitoksen verkosto, jonka kanssa Gradia tekee yhteistyötä Finn-Net ja Network of Networks -verkostojen kautta. Lisää verkostoista tämän artikkelin lopussa.

Matkan keskeisimmät tavoitteet

Koronan jälkeen aloitetaan solmimaan uusia kontakteja ulkomaille sekä herättämään vanhoja. Gradialla olikin jo valmiina ROC Amsterdamiin yhteydet, ja Päivi Hirvosen kanssa päädyimme lähtemään samaan aikaan.

Edelleen etsin vaattureille yhteistyökoulua sekä työssäoppimispaikkoja. Tietenkin mittatilausompelijoille etsitään myös uusia paikkoja ja vanhoihin paikkoihin solmitaan kontaktit.

Alankomaissa meillä on jo yhteistyökumppani Rijn IJssel Arnhemissä. Ennen koronaa vierailin siellä ja nyt menen jatkamaan siihen mihin jäätiin. Uusina paikkoina tulee ROC Amsterdam ja Deltion College Zwollessa.

Matkan konkretia

Saavuimme sunnuntaina Amsterdamin lentokentälle ja päädyimme menemään taksilla hotellille, koska junayhteydet olivat koko Hollannissa poikki.

Seuraavana päivänä menimme läheiseen ROC Amsterdamin ammatilliseen kouluun. Esittelyjen jälkeen kerroimme Suomen koulutussysteemistä ja he esittelivät meille omansa. Nyt minulle vasta valkeni, Hollannissa luokitellaan opiskelijat eri vaativuus tasoille. Kävimme myös laboratoriossa. Tämän matkan aikana kastuimme täydellisesti.

Tiistaina menin yksin toiseen ROC Amsterdamin yksikköön, missä oli muoti ja vaatetus osasto. Täällä minulle selvisi, että Suomen taso on 3-4 hollantilaisiin verrattuna. Vaatetusta on Hollannissa 2-4 tasoilla. Tämä yksikkö ei ollut kovin kiinnostunut meidän kanssamme yhteistyöstä. Antoivat minulle hankkeen tiedot, missä ovat mukana (saksalainen ja ranskalainen koulu myös).

Keskiviikkona jatkoimme ROC Amsterdamin maanantai-porukan kanssa. Meille esiteltiin jonkun toisen toimipisteen kestävän kehityksen opiskelijaprojektia. Toinen kohde oli sotealaan liittyvä. Olin vähän pettynyt, kun nimenomaan olin kiinnostunut vaattureista, mutta niitä ei minulle esitelty, vaikka jossain toisessa toimipisteessä vaatturit olisivat olleet.

Lähdin keskiviikkoiltana kohti Zwollea. Zwollessa kastuin taas läpimäräksi kun sade alkoi kävellessä hotellille.

Torstaina tututuin Deltion Collegeen. Heillä on vain yksi suuri rakennus, missä on kaikki alat, siis valtava kompleksi. Muoti ja vaatetusala oli pieni, mutta pätevä. Kerroin ompelu sekä tuotesuunnittelu luokille meidän opinnoista ja myöhemmin kuulin, että vaatturiopiskelijat olivat kiinnostuneita tulemaan meille ensi lukuvuonna. Tänne pitää ehdottomasti aloittaa yhteistyö.

Deltion College

Matka jatkui iltapäivällä kohti Arnhemia. Koska olin käynyt Rijn IJsselissa juuri ennen koronaa, kävin heidän kanssansa katsomassa uutta koulua. Valitettavasti heidänkin tilansa pienenevät niin kuin meillä ja heille tulee avointa tilaa. Keskustelimme jatkosta: heidän opiskelijoita voisi tulla meille harjoittelemaan heidän taitajakilpailuihin. Olenkin tutustunut Arnhemissa oleviin työssäoppimispaikkoihin ja ne ovat hyviä.

Vielä samana iltana siirryin lentokentän lähellä olevaan hotelliin. Ja perjantaina lähdin kotimatkalle.

Miten vierailu palveli omaa asiantuntijuuttani

Amsterdamin suurin anti oli, että tajusin heidän koulusysteeminsä. Oppilaat luokitellaan jo varhaisessa vaiheessa tietylle tasolle, jolta voi päästä ylemmäksi kovan työn kautta. Heillä on tarkat tehtävät tietyn kurssin läpäisemiseen, eikä heillä ole näyttöjä niin kuin meillä.  

Zwollen Deltion Collegen kanssa kannattaa aloittaa yhteistyö. Se on pienempi paikka kuin Amsterdam ja siellä ollaan kiinnostuneita yhteistyöstä. Heidän taso on 3 ja 4 eli samaa kuin meillä.

Arnhem oli kuin kotiin olisi tullut. Tutut ihmiset ottivat vastaan ja päivitimme tiedot, ja he haluavat jatkaa meidän kanssamme yhteistyötä. Pari opettajaa olisi kiinnostunut myös tulemaan tänne.

Matkan jakaminen muille

Pidämme tekstiili- ja muodissa (vaatetuksella) toukokuun lopulla KV-infon, jolloin kerron opiskelijoille matkasta ja kohteista minne voivat hakea. Samaan aikaan tulee talon kansainvälisyydestä joku puhumaan aiheesta.

Olen ruokailun yhteydessä kertonut opettajille, jotka ovat paikalla, matkasta. Sometin jonkun verran matkan aikana.

Summa summarum

Matka kesti 6 päivää, joista 2 oli matkustuspäiviä ja 4 paikkoihin tutustumista ja henkilöiden kanssa keskustelua. Olin ROC Amsterdamissa yhdessä liiketoiminta-alan Päivi Hirvosen kanssa, mikä oli hyvä juttu. Vaatturikoulujen löytäminen tuntuu olevan kiven alla. Olen käynyt Hilversumissa (ROC Amsterdamin toinen yksikkö), mutta heidän kanssa pitäisi olla vähintään koulutuspäällikön mukana, että ottavat tosissaan.

The Dutch Alliance https://www.dutchalliance.nl/

Finn-Net https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1525744565154217986

Network of Networks https://www.partnersin.vet/

MusicXchain – the project is ending but the network keeps going – join the celebration on 5 November!

The MusicXchain is a network of six (6) education providers from five (5) member states (Finland, Latvia, Germany, Netherlands and Slovenia) all offering upper secondary VET education in music.

The Erasmus+ KA2 project with the same name has focused on key competences of learners in the music sector by creating new and innovative ways for cooperating and learning and thus enhancing their networking and digital skills as well as fostering an entrepreneurial mindset necessary for a successful career in the creative industries.

The MusicXchain project main aims have been to yield a number of tangible results on completion of the project such as

• a structured platform for managing and coordinating the network activities including a calendar of mobility modules and other events offered within the network;
• a structured model for organizing learning mobility in the music sector taking into consideration the strengths and expertise of each participating college;
• a facility (within the platform) for virtual music lab activities where masterclasses, validated technique videos and e.g. career stories of alumni can be shared or music productions can be planned.

On the participating VET providers level the results have been

  • an exchange of knowledge, skills and experience between organizations;
  • a significant increase in the number of learners in the music sector gaining an international experience through virtual communication initiatives and physical learning mobility;
  • a stronger focus on fostering an entrepreneurial mindset within the staff and the learners;
  • embedment – project activities and results have helped to create an awareness that internationalization provides an attractive, modern and functional context for VET curricula;
  • upskilled teachers – the project has also induced the need for modernisation of teaching and need for professionalisation of staff e.g. in the area of using digital tools for music lab activities at home.

On both European and national level the intangible results have been the following:

A sustainable network of VET providers in the music sector – the project has involved international cooperation between VET colleges in five (5) EU member states whilst creating learning mobility opportunities, (virtual and physical) the projects core goal has been to create a strong and sustainable EU partnership for learning mobility;
More efficient use of European tools such as Europass and ECVET. The latter has been used to describe the knowledge, skills and competences learners can attain whilst doing a module abroad or virtual music lab activities at home, thus developing recognition, transparency and certification and to realise the latter, it has been important to have the developed products embedded in the partners’ curricula;

Join the celebration and learn more about the network and the project by coming to the MusicXchain webinar on Thursday 5 November 2020 13-17:30 CET/ 14-18:30 EET.

Register for the event HERE

Questions re. the webinar: Ineke Saade i.sadee(at) rijnijssel.nl

Information about the network and project https://blogit.gradia.fi/musicxchain/

Afrodite and Mate at SkyCafe

With my fellow-student, Máté Varga we had a chance to spend a 32-day work placement as cook trainees at Sky Cafe at Jyvaskyla, Finland. Here we had the opportunity to take an insight into the everyday working of a Finnish catering outlet, where we could learn something new each and every day.

We learnt how to make different types of salads, cakes and bread, how to fill up the buffet table and serve the guests in the bistro. All of our colleagues -students, teachers, mentors and the staff at the airport alike – were extremely helpful and kind with us. This was a huge possibility for us to improve our professional and language skills and we are very grateful for being able a part of the Erasmus+ experience.

Thank you all, kiitos!

Afrodité Vigh, Szeged,  Hungary

Experiencing Tourism Winter School 2018

My name is Rait and I am from Voru, Estonia. I study nature guiding/travel assistant program at Vorumaa Vocational Training Centre. Our program lasts for two years, from what I have completed first year. Our program is adult training program, so must of us actually work somewhere else.

This year I had unique possibility to take part in Tourism Winter School program at Gradia Jyväskylä. It was kind of exchange student program for three weeks, possibility to see how they study here, what they do and what they learn. Nextly you will be given an overview about what I did, how I felt and how was the outcome comparing to the expectations.

Firstly, after 13-hour trip from Voru to Jyväskylä, Finland, it was exhausting already. Trips by bus, ferry and little bit on foot had its own part to do. Minus degrees also have been following us for most of the three weeks here, so it got better as timed moved on.

Once arrived to the campus, we unpacked our things at dormitory rooms next to the main building and started to get ready. As it is now high season for winter activities, there were lots of active winter clothing, warm clothes, boots and hats in the luggage.

Then our program kicked off. Firstly we had meet-and-greet game with Finnish students. It was fun, well organized and at the same time chance to get to know each other. For me, as I was nearly double the age as most of students here, it was fun too. The first impressions were extremely positive – new building, modern equipment in the classrooms, good restaurant, lots of space. The classrooms itself are unique. Students lay on bean bags, relax, nobody really sits behind the table. For sure there are so-called normal classrooms too but they are boring, because they are the same in every country. Here they were for opposite, kind of innovative and relaxed. It felt good. Facilities and options to do sports or educate themselves are really good here. Quality is kind of key word here to describe the acitivites and mentality.

During the three weeks spent here I had possibility to try and take part in different winter outdoor activities. At the same time we had possibility to see and take part in preparations for outdoor activites. We tried snowshoeing, alpine skiing, fatbiking, skating, tour-skating, winter swimming and Finnish sauna. Also we had organized cultural programme by Finnish hosts at Jyväskylä surroundings. The activities were really well organized and smooth. The most important thing about winter outdoor activities was personal safety. For sure, everybody’s safety is everyone’s own thing to take care of, but it should always come first. Before any outdoor activities we were given instructions what to do and what is not allowed. Safety techniques, movement, keeping eyes open and looking around the area, it all is very improtant. As for equpment, it is basics that it has to be well suited, right size, proper clothing in layers and personal will to do something and learn. These three weeks have been for me as a great learning curve, because I did lots of things fist time in my life during the time spent here. For example alpine skiing, fatbiking, tour skating, snow soccer, snow frisby, cross country skiing. Everything comes down to the basic movement and techniques, will to learn and not to give up. It is not really important how many times you fall down, but how many times you get up. It matters the most and keeps going. In the end, even if some things are hard or tricky, it is still you, who are better than ever before. For me, I got more confidence doing different winter outdoor activities here, and had fun at the same time.

Because of the fact that Estonia and Finland are neighbouring countries and we have lots of in common, we have differences also at the same time. Living standards are totally different, as are the priorities among students. Students here do lots of things by themselves, not so much theory like we have. It all comes down to differences of personalities rather than what somebody likes. Everything is done or not done by free will of the persons and everybody learns to himself, not to the teacher or to the school. Finnish students seem serious about their studies, and it seems for me that vocational training centre is popular here. For example, in Estonia it is not so popular, but in Estonia it is more popular among adult students than among teenagers- Finnish students also can teach you or guide you before any activity  wintertime. It really amazed me how good teachers the Finnish students can be. Also students here do more, classrooms are for briefing, debriefing or for making different summaries or discussing and making plans.

In general it was really good chance that I could take part in Erasmus +  Tourism Winter School program at Gradia Jyväskylä for three weeks. The hosts organized lots of different activities, introducing their country, traditions, food, sightseeing and learning programme. I learned a lot, took part in every session, had fun. I can be proud to have had an experience like this one – one of it’s kind at Jyväskylä.

More information Hanna Syvälahti (at)gradia.fi and Timo Lehtonen (at)gradia.fi