This month of March, before COVID-19 will force us to be at home, three professors from the management department of our center have participated in an Erasmus+ project in Germany, to learn about their model of Vocational Training. For a week they have been in the center “Kaufmännische Schule Lörrach” located in Lörrach, learning the performance of the DUAL Vocational Training and participating in various classes.
By comparing the DUAL Vocational Training of both countries, teachers have pointed out that the main difference is the protagonism that companies have in the process. In Germany, students must first find a company that is willing to participate in the project, and once they have the contract of the company they contact the school. During the 3 years that the training cycle lasts the student works 30 hours a week in the company, and goes to the school for another 10 hours.
Due to Coronavirus, they had to cancel several guided tours that were scheduled for collaborating companies in the DUAL program. Anyway, the teachers had the opportunity to meet with some students and alumni of the center and know their experience.
The three professors have valued this experience as very positive.
Eusko Jaurlaritzaren gomendioak jarraituz, COVID-19 dela eta, bihartik aurrera, gure ikastetxean, aldi baterako aurrez aurreko jarduerak eten egingo ditu eta ikasleek plataforma digitalen bitartez modu ez presentzialean lan egiten jarraituko dute.
Four professors of our center have made a stay of three days visiting different places of Bavaria.
The objectives of the stay have been mainly, to know the German educational system in regard to professional training and to analyze the latest trends in the world of machining.
The Open House event has been developed, at the plant that DMG MORI has in the town of Pfronten. In it, this important company of the machine-tool sector has shown the different solutions it offers in the world of machining.
Five-axis machining is one of its specialties, as well as additive manufacturing, laser testing, etc. The participants were able to know, in situ, machines that use these technologies.
In addition, this company has its own academy to train students in the technologies that are applied in it. These students combine additional training in vocational training centres with training in the company. This modality is known as Dual training.
The professional training centre Staaliche berufsschule-Kaufbeuren, located in the town of Kaufbeuren, has also been visited. During the visit, they have dealt with their managers and teachers, these points: the German educational system, the Dual system, the distribution of the schedule and the calendar, the methodologies, the developed contents, the relations with companies, the internationalization, etc.
They have also had the opportunity to visit their facilities and resources. This action has been carried out with the co-financing of the Erasmus+ program.
Students and teachers of Erasmus + K2 project, “The Guardians of Europe”, have been in Tolosa during a week. The visitors have been 20 students and 13 teachers from these countries: Greece, Poland, Portugal and Italy.
Students have been housed in our students' homes, just as they were previously in the homes of students from other countries. In total, there have been more than 50 people who have taken part in the activities.
This exchange is the fifth meeting that takes place within this project. It has two main objectives: to dissemninate pro-social attitudes and to know it, disseminate and protect European cultural heritage. All this is done through social campaigns. The start of this project, was carried out in Tolosa in September 2018 and subsequently, having been in Italy, Greece and Poland, it is the turn of our land as a destination.
For a week, students have carried out cultural activities: workshops, competitions, a Basque cooking course, etc. A series of visits have also been carried out to know our land and its cultural heritage: guided tours in Donostia and Tolosa, Albaola, Gaztelugatxe, the Guggenheim Museum, the Bizkaia Bridge, ,the cider house, etc.
Over the next few months, students will develope the campaign to protect Europe's cultural heritage.
Next May, it will take place in Portugal, the last exchange to be held in this project that will take two years. This project receives funding from the Erasmus+ programme.
Teachers and students from the school Bernat Etxepare Lizeoa in Baiona, have been with our students of commerce in an internship
12 students studying commerce from the school Bernat Etxepare Lizeoa in Baiona and two teachers, have participated in an internship with our commerce students. On the first day, we visited the center of Tolosa, we participated in a talk provided by a commerce organization from Tolosa (Tolosa&Co) and we had also the opportunity to see and taste how they make some ecologic products from Behieko company “Sabekoetxe baserria (Altzo)”.This farm is also the supplier of our center. On the second day, in the high school of Plaiundi (Irun) , we had the chance to see the higher trading cycles. We had also the opportunity to visit XPO logistic company who have a good relationship with them. The experience of the internship has been excellent and for the next year, both centers has made an arrangement in order to strengthen their relationship.
On December 19, organized by the department of “Training and work orientation”, we held in Tolosaldea LHII the second internal fair of Ikascompany. All second graders took part in the “company and entrepeneurial initiative” module, with a total of 33 participating companies, corresponding to 10 training cycles.
Each ikascompany had the possibility to present its product or service. You could see everything: lamps, boxes, keychains and jewelry objects turned by machining students, video games, applications, 3D tools, cookies made with beer and much more. The students did very well both in the weeks before the fair, organizing everything (posters, brochures, business cards, products...) and at the fair itself giving the necessary explanations and making the necessary demonstrations to anyone who came to their posts. The duration of the fair was two hours and was created a very good atmosphere. We had numerous visits, teachers and first-year students from our center, students and teacher from high school and 4th ESO from Orixe high school, as well as students and teachers from Inmakulada Ikastola. Everyone was very comfortable analyzing and valuing the offers of our students and in some cases, even making purchases.
We had an exceptional place for the realization of the event, as it took place in the newly built space of multiple activities of our institute.
The evaluation of the experience has been very positive and has also encouraged us to celebrate the third “Ikas Fair” next year 2020-2021.
On December 12, some students and computer science teachers met the company CAF in Beasain. The purpose of the visit was to know closely how they manage the company's computer system. To do this, we had the network managers responsible for the company CAF in Beasain. After the traditional reception, we are thus divided into two groups to better understand things in smaller groups and see the company's data processing center.
Subsequently, each of the responsible management networks took a group in which while one group explained how the core of CAF's computer system was stablished, the other group went to see the data processing center where we were explained the role and the importance of each section. We were explained how multiple servers communicate with each other, the configuration of multiple switches and their fiber connection with other switches, the process they use to back up (Backup) and also how they divide the workload on the servers using special hardware for this.
On December 10, several students and teachers from the computer department visited the company of Caldereria Cadinox. The purpose of the visit was to know the work dynamics of the IT system administrator in that SME. To do this, we had the help of a former student of the IT department, who nowadays, manages the computer system of that company.
After the corresponding presentations, they explained what the product was and the way the company works. We were able to know first-hand the daily work of the system and administrator: printers, backup, email and system update. To finish the visit, we were taught all the network hardware and computer system.
On 27 November we received the visit of two teachers from Francesc Vocational Training Centre in Borja Moll de Palma. They came to know the IT systems management cycle and more specifically how we are applying the high performance methodology ETHAZI in information technology.
Following the corresponding presentations, they were explained the ETHAZI methodology, challenge-based cycle schedules, how to work in classrooms and workshops, and how are the assessment and the feedback performed.
After the meeting, we visited the facilities equipped to the needs of the ETHAZI methodology.
Students of Administration and Finance cycle of our center have received the visit of several entrepeneurs form the region, and have been able to know their experience. The entrepeneurs who have visited us have been Gorka Egia ( Egia Aholkularitza Etikoa), Koldo Artola (Domotek) and Roberto Vilar ( Vilar Digital Consulting). Each has had a different career path, but what they have in common is that three of them stopped working as an employee and decided to start their own business.
Through these talks students have been able to know the steps to develop their professional future autonomously, as well as identify the skills that are important for that. The three entrepeneurs have emphasized that entrepeneurs must have some characteristics such as autonomy, commitment and communication skills. Students have been able to link the skills worked in class with real experiences.
9 students and 2 teachers of the Lycée Des Métiers La Vue Belle, which is located in the city of Saint-Paul on Reunion Island, have made a stay of 2 weeks in Tolosa, developing training and practical actions in companies.
The students are of the specialization of commerce and have carried out their internships in establishments of Tolosa and Ibarra.
The students have received training at the cenre, regarding the Ikasenpresa project and also on window dressing. In the same way, they have made an exit to know the storefronts of Tolosa.
They have also had the opportunity to carry out cultural activities and outgoings, such as putting into practice different forms of rural sports and the visit to the Eureka Science Museum. Likewise, the students of both centers, have been able to show the traditional cuisine of their respective lands, preparing typical dishes.
In the same way, they have visitied the Alegia town hall and the mayor has received them in it. Finally, a farewall meeting has been held in a society in Donostia. In March of next year, our students and teachers are scheduled to travel for third time to that beautiful Island in the Indian Ocean. The exhange has been very enriching and in the words of the participants, they have been very nice. This exchange project has been made possible thanks to the financial support of the ERASMUS+ programme.
We are facing a system that will offer the possibility of keeping a digital relationship with our environment between everyday objects ( traffic light, cars, scooter, mobiles, etc.) and living things. It is a system that allows, among others, remote control, geographical location or automation devices. The aim of this project if for the center to acquire the knowledge of this technology, apply them on its learning process and disseminate them through practical applications.
On November 22nd, the company IRUÑA TECNOLOGÍAS, which is in charge of the distribution, training and technical support of Universal Robots in the north, has made a presentation of the new model of robot UR16e to the SMEs of the Tolosaldea area.
The aim of that presentation has been to bring this technology Plug & Play of colaborative robotics to companies, so that they start in an easy way in the world of robotics and can robotize certain jobs with a modest investment without major training needs.
For this and in consideration of the commitment made by Industrial Automation and Robotics cycle of Tolosaldea LHII, and for being referent in the implementation of this type of robots in the vocational traning, has chosen Tolosaldea LHII to hold this event.
Of the four hours of the event, in the first half a presentation of the new robot model, accessories and added tools, application examples, etc. was made for companies concerned and students of the centre.
In the second half and in four groups with five participants per group, the attendees had the opportunity to have a first contact with the robot, perform a simple programming to perform some basic movements of the robot and check the ease of its programming.
Electro-mobility is the development and use of electric vehicles (EE) on streets and roads as a means of transport. Its global promotion responds to a number of reasons, being the most important the necessary response to ongoing climate change and pollution issues as a result of fuels used by electric vehicles today. The change of energy type consumed by electric vehicles will cause a profound change in the design of such vehicles, including control, traction systems, energy storage, batteries, charging system etc.
To address this situation, the company IRIZAR e-mobility aims to promote electromobility with the manufacture of electric buses in the new Aduna plant. The company JEMA Energy also takes part in the development of electric bus power electronics.
In the face of the emergence of these new technologies in the labour market and in order to cover the tasks required by them, they need to define a new professional profile.
This training is not currently provided under the VET. To this end, IRIZAR e-mobility and JEMA Energy, as companies interested in the need to create a tailor-made professional profile, the IVAC, with the development coordination and Tolosaldea LHII together with other schools, are designing the program of the specialization of electromobility.
The first steps of the design took the last June and will be completed by the end of this 2019-2020 academic year.
By affinity of the contents in the DCBs, the students who will be elegible for this specialization program, will be the ones who take the training cycles of Automation and Industrial Robotics and Electronic Maintenance.
In the next academic year 2020-2021, in Tolosaldea LHII, three students of the Cycle of Automation and Industrial Robotics will take part in this project and after its completion, together with the title of Automation and Industrial Robotics, will obtain the specialization of electromobility.
On 6 and 7 November we received a visit from two teachers from the Joan Taix Vocational training centre.They came to analyze the cycle of electrical and Automatic installations and more specifically, how we are applying the high performance methodology ETHAZI.
After the corresponding presentations, they were explained the ETHAZI methodology, showing them the spaces and facilities, the challenge-based schedules, the way they work in the classrooms and workshops and the way in which the evaluation is carried out and the Feedback.
To finish the visit and in order to maintain and deepen relations with the Joan Taix school, several teachers from both centers enjoyed a meal of brotherhood.
Teachers and students from Commerce have visited Bernat Etxepare secondary school at an exhange in Baiona.
Students and teachers from the 2MJ2 group of Commerce have been last week at the Bernat Etxepare in a two days exchange. Last year, the section of the vocational training was opened and there they offer the course of Commerce. It is the first centre in the South of the Basque Country that offers exclusively its training offer in Basque.
Apart from visiting the school of Baiona, they had the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour through the town led by Iban Regnier. They had also the chance to listen the presentation of “Euskoa”, the basque coin, led by Ainize.
Next day, the two schools went together to the festival Lurrama in Biarritz, that was created 14 years ago by “Euskal Herriko Laborantza Ganbara”. This is organized by 600 collaborators. Our students had the opportunity to participate working as volunteers.
It has been an enriching experience and soon we will have the opportunity to see our new friends from Lapurdi.
Our students have had the opportunity to attend a conference of associations like The Food Bank, Txolarteak, Pauso Berriak and Chernobileko Lagunak.
As in previous years, our students have had the opportunity to attend a conference of groups working in societal issues. The presenter's work was done by Gorka, a newly retired teacher.
From the Atzegi association we were visited by Olatz Anton. Her leisure group is called Txolarteak and she has invited us to see what they do and to participate in it.
The technician Xabier Alkezar, from Gurea's group, talked us about the Pauso Berriak project. He is the one who tracks and plan Iñaki's work.
One member of Chernobileko Lagunak group, has explained the main objetives of this association. Some of them are as follows: get away from the contamination of Ukraine and welcome children into families in Gipuzkoa in order to breath clean air and eat healthy food.
Today, Xanti Alberdi a former teacher of the school, works as a volunteer at Oiartzun headquarters and has explained how the Food Bank works. The aim of this association is to fight against the wate of food. Do not throw away food and give it another use.
In order to consider that a data analysis project belongs to Big Data, the quantity of data has to be massive. But more and more data is storing in the cloud, so the importance of this topic is getting bigger and bigger.
Tolosaldea LHII participates in this metaproject that has been launched this year and it is about introducing into vocational training ideas that are related to massive data analysis which is in the agenda. What they want to analyze is its aplication in different fields, as well as to carry out projects related to Big Data.
The objectives are quite wide but they will become more needed as the team deepens the matter and analyses better the needs of the VET community in the Basque Country. In this project Tknika, Andra Mari IFP and Tolosaldea are taking part.
A group of 5 students and 2 teachers of the centre, have visited the city of Cieszyn (Poland) for one week, in order to participate in an exchange project that are developing in collaboration with centres in four other countries.
The organizing centre has been Szkoła Organizacji i Zarządzania w Cieszynie, (SOIZ, and the actions developed are within the project Erasmus+ KA229 "The Guardians of Europe".
Our students have stayed in the homes of other Polish students and have had an excellent opportunity to strengthen relations between them.
The project has two principal goals. The first one is to extend the knowledge about a series of everyday social problems and sensitive about them by social campaigns. The second part of the project will be to publizice the European cultural heritage. This project has a duration of two years and in this moment, we are in the second year of the project.
During the stay, different activities have been developed, such as the festival of social campaigns, in which students of each country have shown their own social campaign. The social campaign that our students have carried out has been about gender equality. After the presentation, they have prepared some stands with information about the campaign and also about Tolosaldea, Basque Country and its traditional products.
Apart from the festival, different activities have been carried out, such as, workshops, cultural games, an exhibition of participants in the city, the reception act of the mayor, knowledge of the local folklore, workshops to learn how to do bread, cheese, butter, etc., cultural visits like Auschwitz, Krakow, Wieliczka's salt mines, etc.
From now on, we are going to focus on the second part of the project. In this case, we are going to make a social campaign about the European cultural heritage among all participating centres. The aim of this campaign is to know the European cultural heritage and its conservation.
After the exchange last year in Sicily (Italy) and Crete (Greece), next destination will be Tolosa, early next year.
It has been an enriching experience according to participants.
We have attended the presentation of the association Buru Bihotzez about the new training courses and a talk on Alzheimer's disease
The association Buru Bihotzez has presented 16th September, the activities organized for the next few days with the help of Inmakulada Lanbide Ikastola and Tolosaldea Lanbide Heziketa and the support of the town hall of Tolosa and the OSI (Integrated Services Organization) of Tolosaldea.
Buru Bihotzez is an association that was created about a year ago with the aim of improving the quality of life of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease, their families and caregivers, as this disease affects not only the people who suffer from it, but also the whole family. Additionally, making the illness more visible and improving patient care are other objectives pursued by the association.
The 21st of this month, will be the International Alzheimer's Day and more and more people suffer from this disease. “We are faced with an ageing society, and nowadays, 35&percent; of the population is older than 55 years old. According to predictions, in 2031 this number will rise to 46.5&percent;”. In Gipuzkoa, currently, 12,000 people suffer from Alzheimer's and this illness also affects their relatives and caregivers, so it affects about 36,000 people. Studies point out that by 2050 that number will be tripled.
On 18th September there will be a talk and on 25th September and 2nd October a few workshops will be held.
Irailaren 9an, astelehena, ikasleen harrera eguna egingo dugu. Hemen duzue ordutegia.
Ongi etorria denoi!!!
1SG2 Soldadura eta Galdaragintza
1IE2 Instalazio elektriko eta automatikoak
1MJ2 Merkataritza jarduerak
1MS2 Mikroinformatika sistemak eta sareak
1PP3A Fabrikazio mekanikoko produkzioaren mekanizazioa
1PP3B Fabrikazio mekanikoko produkzioaren mekanizazioa
1EM3 Eraikuntza Metalikoak
1MT3 Mekatronika industriala
1AI3 Automatismo eta Robotika industriala
1IS3 Sareko informatika sistemen administrazioa
1IM3 Instalazio termikoak eta fluidodunen mantentzea
1AF3 Administrazioa eta Finantzak
2SG2 Soldadura eta Galdaragintza
2IE2 Instalazio elektriko eta automatikoak
2MJ2 Merkataritza jarduerak
2MS2 Mikroinformatika sistemak eta sareak
2PP3A Fabrikazio mekanikoko produkzioaren mekanizazioa
2PP3B Fabrikazio mekanikoko produkzioaren mekanizazioa
2EM3 Eraikuntza Metalikoak
2AI3 Automatismo eta Robotika industriala
2IS3 Sareko informatika sistemen administrazioa
2IM3 Instalazio termikoak eta fluidodunen mantentzea
2AF3 Administrazioa eta Finantzak
Students from the course of Electrical and Automatic Installations have carried out work at heights at the Saint Joseph School in Hazparne. Taking into account the importance of safety working at heights, emphasis has been placed on the use of PPEs, harnesses and collective protection equipment. Fixed and rolling scaffolds have been assembled and disassembled, and work has been carried out with the help of lifelines.
In addition, they visited the hydroelectric power station of Arrosa and made the Baiona chocolate route, all in good harmony.
This training mobility has been carried out thanks to the help of PyreneFp and we look forward to repeating it next year.
Six teachers from different departments of Tolosaldea LHII were in Germany from May 12 to 18, to learn about VET and the DUAL program and, taking advantage of the trip, they visited some companies, such as the BMW factory in Leipzig .
The management and logistics of the teaching staff was carried out by VITALIS, a company dedicated to receiving students from the European Union and managing their internships. The internships are carried out in their facilities, where they are also accomodated. They also have facilities focused on leisure and sport.
More information here.
Three teachers from our center, went to Italy, to learn about VET. They visited different centers and the company Tempo Libero. They analyzed several issues, such as: students' internships, technical contents of heating and plumbing and energy efficiency systems, resources, methodology, etc. However, they also had time for cultural and tourist visits .
More information here, in our international projects blog.
Visiting BBS Berufsbildende Schulen II VET Centre and companies participating in the DUAL Training Programme in Germany
Teachers from the Mechanics, Welding and Electricity departments of Tolosaldea LHII traveled to Germany to learn about the DUAL training program.
They visited the VET BBS Berufsbildende Schulen II of Osterode am Harz Centre. During the visit, they got to know the characteristics of their DUAL Training Program and the duration of the training cycles, which is approximately three years, depending on the specialty. In industrial cycles, normally all students opt ¿ for such training.
The two companies involved in this program, PILLER Power Systems, manufacturer of UPS and SAI of varied power, and MAHR, manufacturer of industrial metrology tools and precision dosing are very large as compared to those in our area. Thereupon, they can take on a significant number of recruitment. The managers of the companies appreciate the DUAL training very positively, they see it as mandatory to prepare and qualify professional technicians.
All involved parties are open to student exchanges through the Erasmus scholarships.