Members of Ikaslan Bizkaia met last May 9th in Stavanger, Norway, at the Jåttå Upper Secondary School for a new meeting, within the international project WISE, Working in Soft Skills for Employment. The objectives of this meeting were to learn about the Norwegian VET system and to continue the exchange of good practices between European educational organizations.
Between the 9th and 10th of May, in a typical city in the southwest of Norway, Ikaslan Bizkaia and the Norwegian Vocational Training Center, Jåttå Videregående Skole, have met within the WISE Project, which they wanted to end the round of meetings that have been carried out,b with the nine entities in the field of training participating in the project.
This time, Ikaslan has traveled to the Nordic country, where it has been able to see firsthand how the Norwegian education system is managed and operates throughout an agenda of activities spread over two days.
The meeting began with a tour of the center’s facilities, where they could see the infrastructure, learn about the training offer and see several students in their own educational environment, observing how they work and manage vocational training. After this, the day continued with a meeting where the most relevant characteristics of the Norwegian Vocational Training system and its apprenticeship-training system were presented. Also discussed were topics such as project management, how the project has evolved and the results obtained, and how soft skills are approached in different countries.
The international WISE project, subsidized by the European Union, is part of the Erasmus+ program under Key Action 2: Cooperation between organizations and institutions, consisting of an exchange of good practices between European educational bodies seeking ways to transfer soft skills for employment, especially in the early stages of Vocational Education and Training. Its objective has been to help European VET centers share their strategies for developing interpersonal skills, which are the key to students’ employability.
With this last meeting, Ikaslan, as a member of the WISE project, puts an end to the program after a year and a half of activity, where they have shared views, guidelines, and experiences on the acquisition of social skills in the classroom, necessary to improve the employability of students.