Madrid Symposium (September 24-27, 2013)

The fourth symposium of the pilot phase of the project took place in Madrid, Spain from September 24th-27th, 2013. This partner meeting focused on refreshing the knowledge of each partner on the three component parts of the project: Mentoring, Learning Contracts and Learning Management Systems.

Throughout the three days of the symposium the partners reflected on what the new techniques, lesson learned and shared experiences that have made up the project so far. Engineers Ireland also conducted a number of refresher sessions on mentoring techniques in order that each partner was fully prepared for the upcoming implementation phase.

Following on from the Madrid symposium, each partner will be tasked to implement the use of the three key components of the project into their own organisations. To help with this implementation each partners has, with the assistance of Engineers Ireland, developed a plan to structure their implementation phase in their own organisation.

Throughout the duration of the implementation phase (October 2013 – March 2014) Engineers Ireland will assist each partner via bi- weekly video conferences. The final project symposium will be held in Cosenza, Italy in April 2014. The purpose of this symposium will be to evaluate the success of the implementation phase and to draw up a ‘process map’ for the implementation of the component best-practices in VET institutes for the benefit of other VET professionals.