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European Vocational Skills Week
News announcement21 November 2018Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

European partnership to acquire key competences and practical skills in the field of public nutrition


An ardent desire of the leadership and teachers of the Marmaţia Technological High School was to implement an Erasmus+ project, aware of the students' potential and the ability of the teaching staff to engage in complex and attractive activities for those they taught. Thus, I was part of the project entitled “Internationalisation in public and mechanical food service by training at European economic agents", which took place over a period of two years (2016-2018), as a partnership between schools in three European countries: Romania, Germany and England.

This mobility was attended by 15 pupils in the 10th and 11th grades of the professional food preparation field, together with two accompanying teachers and two supervisors. The purpose of the placement was to offer students a valid alternative to practical training, to increase the quality of vocational training, with a view to improve employability and career opportunities. During the two weeks of the practical training session, the participants were divided into two groups (at the restaurant and the college kitchen), set up by our College Cambria partner, where they carried out various activities including collecting information on the structure of the organisation.

Among the objectives of this project is the development of practical skills and key competences such as teamwork. Students have assessed their level of training in relation to the requirements of a job and assumed responsibility for the task they received, a prerequisite for their future professional training. Throughout the internship, the students were praised for their work ethos and for putting theory into practice. Students have benefited from special accommodation and meals during the project.

At our institution level, this placement is the opening of a road to a collaboration with European companies in the field of public nutrition. The Marmaţia Technological High School once again demonstrated that the school prepares young people for integration into society and the labour market; a full, social and professional integration.

Mihaela Ona, Teacher, Romania