ERASMUS POLICY STATEMENT (EPS)
1.a) IES GABRIEL MIRO’s strategy, objectives and priorities for its Erasmus activities and any other actions in the context of the Lifelonf Learning Programme:
The 'Instituto de Educación Secundaria Gabriel Miro' (iesgm.edu.gva.es) is a state institution of higher education depending on Educational Valencian Regional Government.
The Specific Vocational Training is part of the Spanish Educational System and consists of a group of training courses aimed at providing the necessary professional qualifications to carry out various professions. We offer two training courses that are considered first cycle studies: Child Care and Education and Social Integration. They are official titles. Both of them belong to Sociocultural and Community Services family.
Our institution has some previous experience in international student exchanges with Chicago (USA) as well as other European activities such as the European Youth Meeting of the 10 regions belonging to the European Regions for Youth Network (ERY) which took place in Rimini (Italy) in 2008. Some members of the staff have also participated in other LLP such as Comenius courses and Study Visits.
We have been encouraging student's mobilities abroad since 2007.
Our first cycle studies comprise a group of training courses that are organized into modules. Up to 25% of the courses take place in a company or an institution such as day care centres, pre-schools, nurseries, after-school care facilities and so on where the provision of services develop in real time. This module is called FCT ( Formación en Centros de Trabajo or On Job Training in English) We want a growing internationalization of our institution and this is the reason why we have encouraged our students to do 'On Job training' abroad.
In 2007, one of our graduated students was granted with an 'Eurobecas CajaMadrid ' and was able to do a summer training period in UK.
In 2008, one student participated in FCT Europe Programme and was able to do a workplacement mobility in Italy.
We have participated successfully in Erasmus mobility for student's practice programme since 2009: Two students in UK in 2009, four students in UK and one in France in 2010, and now six students have just started their Erasmus mobility in UK.
Our institution is recognised as a higher institution by our national authorities. We need to obtain the Extended Erasmus University Charter in order to gain access to LLP for our students and teacher staff because we think it is the best way to fulfil our role in society and contribute to Europe's prosperity by improving the quality of our student's workplacements and the continuous professional development for our staff.
- Understanding the organisation and characteristics of the European Child Care sector, Social Integration, and the mechanisms of entry into the labour market.
- Sharing staff experiences about other European training programmes.
- Supporting staff exchanges and including practical Europan experiences.
- Acquiring an European professional identity and maturity that motivates further training.
- Intesifying exchanges and cooperation between institutions.
1.b) What specific actions are planned to give visibility to Erasmus activities and what type of publicity will be given to the Erasmus University Charter and the EPS?
Any kind of publicity will be given to ensure the wide dissemination of the EUC and the EPS concepts and possible actions. Some suggestions: 1. Presentation of the EUC to the whole educational community in a seminar. 2. Information about EUC in our institutional website as well as the homepage of Valencian Region Education website so people interested in LLP Erasmus can find all the information they need in order to participate.
Meetings for potential partners to develop partnership.
1.c) Arrangements ensured to comply with non-discrimination objectives.
We wish the best education for our short cycle students. We wish to help them turn into valuable professionals. We must guarantee access to Erasmus programme for all, including those most disadvantaged. We would like to comply with non-discrimination objectives by given transparency to the selection and implementing process of Erasmus programme to ensure gender equality and equal access to this programme to potential disabled students and staff. The EUC will help them to achieve their aims.
2. Quality of academic mobility activities.
Our institution will give potential participants detailed information about recognition of Erasmus mobilities, training programmes and possible host institutions and companies. Our studentʼs mobilities are integrated in the academic curriculum and all the placements will be part of the curricula.
On satisfactory completion of the training programme our institution will award 22 ECTS credits and they will be considered to pass successfully 0023 FORMACION EN CENTROS DE TRABAJO ( On the Job Training Module).
We will give outgoing students information related to accommodation, insurances and complementary grants.
We will motivate staff to participate in Erasmus mobilities, giving possibilities to attend preparatory and language courses. We would like first of all to develop contact and better understanding of the Erasmus programme among teachers.
We will focus on tutoring and integration of incoming students as well as helping them with accommodation arrangements. Preparatory Spanish and Valencian Language courses will be offered to incoming students.