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Leonardo da Vinci Project: Building the Best

Project nr 2008-1-EE1-LEO04-00067 1

Final Dissemination Conference – Estonia


Meeting Report and Outcomes
June 9 – 12, 2010

Conference Overview and Results

Between June 9th – 12th, Järva County


Vocational Training Center (JKHK) hosted
partners from Poland, Italy and Germany in
the historic seaside town of Pärnu, Estonia.
Partner organizations present were: 13
participants from Järva County Vocational
Training Center; 9 participants from
Panstwowe Szkoly Budownictwa - Gdansk,
Poland; 4 participants from Institute Bonum
– Krakow, Poland; 2 participants from
Associazione Lepido Rocco – Italy; 1
participants from Wisamar
Bildungsgesellschaft mbH – Germany; and
2 participants from Associazione NET –
Italy.

Personalized invitations were also given in much advanced notice to a total of 20 other
organizations spanning Estonian vocational schools, trade unions and associations,
Ministry officials and representatives, but unfortunately only 1 vocational representative
attended from the Ida-Virumaa Vocational School.

The Dissemination Conference took place on June 10, 2010 from 10:00 – 17:00. It
opened with the Director of JKHK, Mr. Rein Oselin, introducing participants and
emphasizing the importance of such projects that seek to improve the quality of
vocational education and thus the success of students.

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The Project Manager, Elizabeth Lenz,
resumed conference activities by reviewing
project aims, activities, approaches
employed, broad objects, and the added
value that “Building the Best” contributed to
European VET. All aims and objective
stated in the application were successfully
achieved. We facilitated a transfer of
critical information, established a deep and
continuing cooperation between VETs for
future projects, and formed the foundation
for improving cooperation between VETs
and construction enterprises. This
partnership also satisfied our broader
objectives by exchanging new knowledge
and furthered the development of
pedagogies in training delivery by
developing a subsequent Transfer of
Innovation project.

In terms of added value, we have new channels of communication from shared networks,
we developed a basis of comparison with our Best Practice 7-Point Model; we
accumulated critical information and experiences, and made our results easily accessible
on a CD and our “Building the Best” website. Results of this project are being used for
several future projects.

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One main result is our “Best Practices Model” used for defining and evaluating
institutional or country systems, the 7 critical points being:

1. level of cooperation between schools and firms


2. connection with construction unions
3. apprenticeship system
4. continuing education program for teachers to gain new skills
5. training of enterprise trainers
6. teaching materials/curriculum
7. feedback loop

The model visually diagramed:

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3 Best Practices 3
in Construction
5 Training 6

The original model developed in the first transnational conference in 2008 did not have
the seven points prioritized. In applying the model, however, we learned that some points
are more relevant than others in terms of strengthening VET delivery. Therefore, we
further defined our Model by adding a visual diagram shaped as a building structure with
Point 1 (level of cooperation between schools and firms) as the roof and Point 7

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(feedback loop) as essential for a strong and lasting foundation. The other points are also
important, but are remedied if Points 1 and Points 7 are in place and strong.

The overall project approach employed during this partnership project was to use the 7-
Point Building the Best Model for analyzing VET institutions or country VET systems,
the Model being applicable to each. Each partner decided upon one best practice as they
determined and presented this information at the Conference.

The second main result is our Final Product Paper, a compellation of relevant country
indicators; country specific VET reports; results in applying the Model; and Best
Practices as determined by each organization.

An overall Best Practice of this Building


the Best Partnership project was found at
Panstwowe Szkoly Budownistwa in
Gdansk, Poland. This partner shared why
their program is so successful and how this
could strengthen European VET delivery
and cooperation between enterprises and
vocational training institutions. This Best
Practice is the foundation for our coming
Transfer of Innovation „BEST” set to
begin in October 2010.

The Dissemination Conference concluded with the sharing of our Final Product Paper,
review and distribution of our product, a CD compiling our research and results, and
presentation of our new Building the Best website available at:
http://buildingthebest.weebly.com.

On June 11th, partners were invited to attend the AGRI EXPOSITION,


(http://www.naitused.ee/PDF/AGRIinglise.pdf) an agricultural exposition event at
the JKHK Särvevere Campus. Here partners walked around looking at various displays,
ate lunch provided by JKHK cooking and catering students, and toured the school
campus. International guests were also given a traditional Estonian drink named Kama,
consisting of soured milk and a powdered grain with sugar; an interesting experience for

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all. During this time we completed final documents, distributed participation certificates,
and discussed final reporting activities and responsibilities of each partner.