Ammattiopisto Luovi, Luovi Vocational College is publicly funded and operates at 23 locations in Finland. Luovi provides Vocational Qualifications, VQs’ at upper secondary level, European Qualifications Framework, EFQ Level 4. Vocational qualifications give the eligibility to apply for higher education for universities and for universities of applied sciences. Luovi provides 17 vocational qualifications in several fields of study. In addition, Luovi provides prevocational training and preparatory training for work and independent living. The students can choose from business studies, horticulture or agriculture, media, hospitality, and several technical studies. Luovi offers versatile learning environments and collaboration with world of work is an important part of Luovi activities.
Luovi is the largest vocational special education institution in Finland. The number of staff is around 750. There are 1900 students with special needs in initial VET. Reasons may include mental health and social problems, minor developmental delays, reading and writing difficulties and developmental disorders. The students of Luovi need individual support throughout the studies. Every student has a personal study plan which is monitored in a multi professional team.
Luovi is active in internationalisation of VET. The guidelines for international cooperation activities are defined in the strategy of Luovi. The objective of international activities is to increase student and staff skills and competences. Practical measures include support for student and staff exchanges, development of education and training, provision of language and cultural training and participation in international projects as well as creating opportunities to advance reciprocal mobility.
Bridge the Ocean is a partnership project of the Erasmus+ program, which creates a model of global mobility and cooperation between European and Canadian Colleges. The partners are four vocational education and training (VET) colleges from Finland, two from Canada and one from the Netherlands and Denmark. In the project, two European and one Canadian study units are planned, which will be piloted with a multinational group during the project.
The project is the first European Erasmus+ VET project that involves partners from outside Europe. The main goals of the Bridge the Ocean partnership project are to increase the number of global mobility of students and experts, teachers, and at the same time promote the development of both professional and international competence and key skills. The project seeks visibility and interest in the internationalization of VET.
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