Thursday, June 25, 2015

Interview with our student April that has been in Wales for a Leonardo traineeship

April Jade Conte Piamonte: 
 Interview with
the Ramis Student that stays in Wales 

1.- Describe the place where you have done
your practicals 
I did my practicals in a company called Boyns Information Systems. 
Most of their works is helping PYMES by providing technical support via 
phone or on-site. They also do laptop and computer repairs. 
They sell computer stuff too. It is a small company with only about 
10 employees working in their nice newly built office.

2.- Where were you living? How was food?

I lived with a family in the town of Ruthin. It is a very quite place without
 much going on. The family who took care of me is very lovely.
The food is great if you like jacket potatoes, green peas and the 
occasional meat. Their plate is quite big so I often not finish my

3.- Do you think you were well prepared for the task you
did at work?
Yes. because I have basic understanding and IT knowledge that I learned 
from school. It's thanks to this that I did
quite well at work without needing a lot of explanations from them.

4.- Which cultural things you found more different
between Spain and Wales?
I'm really amazed that they drink a lot of coffee and tea. They drink 
about 5 cups a day compared to me that
only drink 2 at most. They also are very polite and seems formal to 
everyone. I really need to speak carefully to avoid saying something

5.- Will you go back to Wales?
Yes, I've accepted a job offer from the company that I've been doing 
my practicals so I'll
only be staying here in Menorca for about a week before going back to 
Wales. It was really unexpected that I still can't believe it myself.
I'm really excited about this opportunity!

More info:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

New Erasmus+ project proposal (KA1 2015 - vocational studies) Abstract

IES Joan Ramis i Ramis is located on the island of Menorca and it offers two vocational studies in Computing (Intermediate and Higher Level). We are convinced that the exchange of students allows the improvement of their technical and language skills, as well as their personal growth. Besides, it provides new experiences and the knowledge of the European cultural diversity to our students. As a receiving center of foreign students, all our students have the opportunity to meet young European people that share their same interests. The foreign students we receive will have a tutor from our institution and the possibility to live in a quiet island, with a natural and scenic environment to discover, while they carry out a practical training in a local company.

Our institution has some experience in student exchanging and we are developing an Erasmus+ project right now. One of our students is spending 6 months in Hamburg and the visit of a German expert in Professional development of web pages is scheduled for the next term. In the past, we have sent students to Portugal, Italy and Finland.

In the current project we intend to send two “Technician in Microcomputer Systems and Networks” students to Finland and the UK. We have another partner in Italy, in case the level of English of our students is not enough. Our students are selected by mastering their technical knowledge, a good English language level to do their traineeships and being young, mature and enthusiastic people. We are also willing to receive two practical students from our partners. They could do a traineeship in a local company with our supervision.

Our center has a quality system integrated in GoogleDrive. The Mobility Commission has managed for the last 5 years the European practicals of our students, the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education, and the new Erasmus+ projects.  All is done in a transparent way and is published in our Mobility Blogs: (Blog for our students (Blog to get exposed to international access)

The expected result is the awareness of students that it is realistic to do a practical training abroad or even work in another European country. These are very enriching experiences, both personal and professionally. We have already some experience as we have an ex-student working in London that encourages our current students to follow his steps. We also expect to improve the average linguistic knowledge, especially in English.

Our goal is realistic: to have more students interested in the following years in participating in European projects. In this way, the impact will grow, and when our students start their professional career, they  will be able to transmit their experiences to the companies they will work for.
In the long term and also thanks to other High School programmes, as the European Sections (teaching non linguistic subjects in English, in secondary education) we expect to have students with better language skills and more prepared to be updated in the last ICT technologies.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Information about our studies

At the moment the IES Joan Ramis i Ramis has two vocational studies degrees:
  1.  Technician in Microcomputer Systems and Networks - description in English - description in Spanish
  2.  Higher Technician in Development of Web Applications - description in English - See description in Spanish 
       Internal studies description in English  - See it in Spanish

For other studies done in Spain, here you can find description of studies in English/Spanish:

Monday, May 27, 2013

Erasmus Policy Statement (Overall Strategy)

As suggested in the Erasmus application, we publish our overall Strategy as described in our proposal of May 2013.

1st Part: international strategy

Our High School wants to offer our students the possibility to have an international experience both as a host institution coordinating work placements in local companies and as a sending institution.
Both are important: receiving international students would be a way to expose all our ICT students and staff to foreign people. Offering a room in a student's or teacher's place can be a win-win option for both of them. We can say the same for the mentorship program. Our mobility coordinator has traineeship and working experience in most European countries and can help all of them to organise the exchanges.

- Partners: We choose partners with ICT experience and if possible countries where students can improve their English. Being able to work in this language is a must for our students. English should be the country's first or second language (as in Holland for example).

- Geographical area: It is not important. All areas following the previous requirements can be interesting. We are happy to receive students from any country as well. No restrictions.

- Our main target is students and their mobilities. When possible we can also participate in staff programs. Our main objective is giving our students the possibility to be prepared to work abroad when graduated. Being able to participate in international projects from our island is also interesting to help our local economy. As they study ICT and the main language in the web is English, e-commerce allow us to sell products and services in a global world. Physical products have geographical barriers from our island but they don't exist in the Internet.

At the moment our institution, offering only a short cycle, does not participates in the development of double/multiple/joint degrees.

2nd Part: strategy for the organisation and implementation of international cooperation projects in teaching and training in relation to projects implemented under the

Not applicable at the moment

3rd Part: expected impact of your participation in the Programme on the modernisation of your
institution (for each of the 5 priorities of the Modernisation Agenda) in terms of the policy objectives you intend to achieve. 

We will divide the answer into 5 parts according to the 5 priorities of the Modernisation Agenda:
1) Our institution is located in the island of Menorca. Most of our young students have never been abroad. Receiving Erasmus students and also sending our young people abroad is a good way to open their minds and encourage them to continue travelling, learning and studying. At the moment it is easy for students to pass from the vocational studies we provide to the university degrees in ICT. And a significant percentage of our students go to Universities in the mainland of Spain, mostly Barcelona, Palma and Madrid. We can also expect that some of these students return to our island and help
improving their future employers work or even become entrepreneurs.

2) Only having a short cycle and our students being able to pass easily to the universities, one of our goals is to teach our students how to learn and how to keep their knowledge updated in an always changing ICT field as it is the web applications. Like this the idea of going to the universities is a wish for most students. There is a way to recognize at the University some of the subjects done during the vocational studies. This encourages the students to continue their studies.

3) Being a small High School offering a short Cycle in ICT we cannot help much in the cross-border co-operation, at least not as much as a University. Most of the decisions about these fields, hiring staff for example, are taken at the local government in Palma. The only think is to make our students aware of the international co-operation opportunities. Being an important tourist destination also helps to expose our staff and students to international relations. Having read the document we are happy to see that the proportion of students expending a traineeship abroad will raise to 20 %. This possibility will improve the quality of our studies.

4) At our High School we do not do any research at all but we can help our students to get into business. At their final module they do a project focussed in opening a company with the knowledge they get studying ICT. Besides, a lot of teachers have experience as entrepreneurs and try to transmit their knowledge to the students. At the moment, in our island some embryonic projects are being prepared related to increase the ICT industry in our island. As a ICT department we try to be involved in some of them. Maybe some spin-offs will appear in the future. As it is said in the document, “exploit the transformational benefits of ICT and other new technologies”, we try to produce knowledge workers.

5) As a small High School, we depend on the local government in Palma for funding, human resources management, etc. We cannot decide much about where to invest. The only think we could do is to cooperate more with private companies to get support. We already cooperate with institutions that receive our students to do traineeships and they come to our school to explain their work.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Information to foreign students willing to have an Erasmus ICT traineeship with us

In our High School we coordinate Erasmus and Leonardo traineeships in Menorca. Comming to Menorca can be interesting to foreign students as:
  • We have agreement to interesting local companies.
  • Students get full support from our mobility coordination
  • We assign a mentor fellow local student to help him/her integration in local life.
  • We search for a room with local students to practice Spanish/Catalan languages. Price to be agreed by them.
  • We assign a tutor at the company. In you application you have to specify which languages you are fluent with, to assign the proper tutor.
  • They can practice Spanish and/or Catalan. Linguistic support by us.
  • Participating in High School life to get involved in our social activities.
  • You can discover the beautiful Island of Menorca. More info and pictures: Menorcaapata 
Local companies that receive our students:
  • Enginy web   EnginyWeb is specialized in software development focuses to companies that want to get the most from the Internet oportunities.
  • Social Vane  Their exclusive system uses artificial intelligence to analyze people's conversations happening in social media, detect those interested in products or services related with your company, and contact the best candidates to generate new real customers
  • Sm2 SM2 is a company with its headquarters in Palma de Mallorca developing end-to-end enterprise solutions. They have Systems, development and infrastructures. In Menorca they are in charge of the main Hospital ICT (Mateu Orfila Hospital
  • App Informatica web site   
    App informàtica is a known ICT franchise in Spain. They sells and repairs computers, laptops and related material.  
  • 3webd  3webd is a company located in Mahón that dessigns webs, develop programs, assess its customers and gives SEO and hosting services
The best time for us to receive students is from January until April. Other months can also be agreed with us.
For more information, you can contact with Kico Borràs: 
To participate in the project we need to receive Letter of motivation and Curriculum Vitae of foreign students. We will send them to the local cooperating companies. More information about our institution:

To the local companies companies: if you want to receive students please contact with with Kico Borràs: 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ramis student in Denmark

Our ex-student Loren Orfila is developping a traineeship in Copenhaguen since March 2013. This is a Leonardo project by CAEB in Palma and with our institution cooperation.
He is working at a company called Parlimer in a building belonging to one of the Copenhagen universities (CBS). There they have a companies incubator and about 30 companies share the space trying to develop projects that allow them to go into the market.
Loren is working developing websites using the JavaScript, Html and CSS languages with the goal to do video conferences.