Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Finishing our project 2016-2-ES01-KA102-035124

This december we finish the 24 months project 2016-2-ES01-KA102-035124.
With this project 3 students have done a practical training in Lisbon:
- Biel López
- Franklin Apolo
- Joan Peláez

IES Joan Ramis i Ramis - Menorca

Following the links you can read interviews (last one in English) with the students. 
You can also read online the project sumary here

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Erasmus+ student in CBTalents company - Portugal

Our student Joan Peláez, has been doing between March 26th and June 5th 2018 an Erasmus+ traineeship in Portugal, at the company CBTalents (CBT - www.cbtalents.com).

CBT is a company that works hard to improve the world of work. Their ambition is to contribute to solve the skills shortage challenge through consistently facilitating employment transitions in increasingly volatile and complex labor markets.

Joan in a videoconference with his tutor

The goal of the stay was to carry out the mandatory internship – on job training -  to obtain the degree in "Microinformatic systems and networks". It was embedded in an Erasmus + KA102 project (VET Mobility)

Our student has done the following tasks:
- Java programming language course
- Evaluation of an e-learning platform for Java Professional job recruiting business

Joan also got a direct knowledge of the real working-place dynamics. He had to Interact with colleagues from other countries, in Portuguese and English, both in person and in videoconference.

Tagus Park

Joan has lived in Oeiras, not far from his working place in TagusPark. He had some house mates from different countries and he could improve his language skills with them as well.
After his stay, Joan did a Portuguese language level test and he got a B1 level.

Joan in Sintra

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Interview with an Erasmus+ student in Portugal - 2018

Joan Peláez: 
 Interview with
the Ramis Student that went to Portugal 

1.- Describe the place where you have done
your practicals 

Joan in Sintra
I’m doing the internship in Tagus park. The business is named CTB, short for Cross Border  Talents, they are a recruitment business, they also give the computer knowledge  (programming, for example) to people that don’t have it, so they can be eligible for the jobs.  It’s a small office, with around 10 people working here on training recruiters, find candidates  and marketing.

2.- Where were you living? How was food?
I live in Tercena, a small town in Barcarena, which is close to Sinta and Lisboa. I’m living in  a shared house which has a majority of African people in it, so cheers for cultural diversity,  The food is good, normally dishes here contain more food than their Spanish counterparts so  no problem regarding that whatsoever.

3.- Do you think you were well prepared for the task you
did at work?
I spend nearly all of my time programming, haven’t touched hardware since I’ve gotten  here, so the introduction we had on C really helped settle the fundaments for  programming, on which then I could build easily expanding my knowledge, I do Java  here, I language I didn’t know before, so C definitely helped in the beginning.  Overall I’d say that, yes, I’m well prepared for the job I’m doing here.

4.- Which cultural things you found more different
between Spain and Portugal?
People are not as open as in Spain, nonetheless, the differences are normally minimal as  both countries share a lot of things.
5.- Will you go back to Portugal?
Portugal is a beautiful unknown neighbour, which is a pitty, I might come back here  someday, probably not to Lisbon since I was there not a lot of time ago, so if I come back  here soon, it’ll be to explore the northern part of Portugal.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

New Erasmus+ KA102 project requested

KA102 for our vocational studies of ICT

Our partners in the project are:
Project summary:

Our High School, IES Joan Ramis i Ramis is located on the island of Menorca and it offers two vocational studies in Computing Science (Intermediate and Higher Level). We are convinced that the mobilities of students and teachers 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.

Our institution has some experience sending students for a practical training and we have recently finished two Erasmus+ projects. For the moment our students have been doing stages in as diverse locations as Finland, Portugal, Italy, Wales and Germany. More information at our blog: http://ramisinternacional.blogspot.com.es/2017/01/alumnes-que-han-participat-en.html.

We have also experience receiving in our center a German expert in Web design and programming and also sending a teacher to the UK for training.

In the current project we want to send “Technician in Microcomputer Systems and Networks” students to our partners in Portugal with ErasmusPro. Before the students go there, one of our teaches will do a preparatory visit to the hosts companies. Our students are selected by mastering their technical knowledge, having a good English level to do their traineeships and being young, mature and enthusiastic people. We also appreciate their interest in learning the Portuguese language and the culture of our neighbor country.

Besides, the projects suggest the mobility of two of our teachers to our partners in Portugal to do a Job Shadowing visit. This would allow them to have an immersion in a real job environment adapted to the XXI century. Afterwards, they will be able two transmit their new knowledge to our students. Finally, we request the mobility for teaching of an expert to come to our institution. He or she would come to show students and teachers new the technologies related with our studies. We would include an event with local experts selected from the companies that cooperate with us for the practicals that our students do as their last subject: On Job Training.

Our center has a Quality system integrated in Google Drive. The Mobility Commission has managed for more than 8 years the European practicals of our students, the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education, and the new Erasmus+ projects. Everything is done in a transparent way and is published in our Mobility Blogs:

  - http://ramisinternacional. (blog for our own students)
  - http://ramisinternational. (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 ex-students working at the UK that encourage our current students to follow their steps. We also expect to improve the linguistic knowledge of our students, 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 of our activity will grow, and when our students start their professional career, they  will be able to transmit their experiences to the companies where they will work for.

In the long term and also thanks to other High School programs, as the Linguistic Plan (that allows 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.

The project and its results will be promoted in our Blogs, Twitter, press releases and the platforms Etwinning EPALE and School Education Gateway. We are open to find new host companies and Educational Institutions of ICT to interchange students with them.

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Our High School, IES Joan Ramis i Ramis, is looking for host companies to send its students for a stay of 400 hours training. This is embedded in the «On job training» subject of our vocational studies of Technician in Microcomputer Systems and Networks.

IES Joan Ramis i Ramis - Menorca

Tasks that the students might do at the company:
  • Hardware repairs
  • Install and set-up Operating Systems (Windows, Linux)
  • Develop simple web sites
  • Install and set-up CMS (Joomla, Wordpress)
  • Database related tasks
  • Basic Computer Network management
  • Multimedia editing
  • Etc.

Requirements for the Host Company:
  • Having suitable work to be done by the Students.
  • Having an ICT tutor at the company that helps the Student and is in contact with the School tutor (videoconference with School tutor every two weeks)
  • Fill in all training documents, with our help
  • The company doesn’t need to pay the students
Student / High School prepares:
  • Presentation letters and Curriculum of the students. Possibility of having a video-conference with the students’ prior acceptance. The company might accept or not each individual student.
  • Erasmus+ funds students’ flights and on-site expenses thanks to our own project.
  • Online course of the target language
  • Training program
  • Flights for students
  • Travel insurance
  • Help finding accommodation for students (any help of the host company is welcomed)
  • Help travelling
  • Video conference with students every two weeks

IES Joan Ramis i Ramis Charter for Higher Education

Exemples of senior students that have been abroad:
Kico Borràs Palmer
+34 971 360 133

Thursday, October 27, 2016

2015-1-ES01-KA102-015072 final Erasmus+ project summary

Our centre is located in the island of Menorca.  It has vocational studies to become a Technician in Microcomputer Systems and Networks  and also a Higher Technician in Development of Web Applications. We have a commitment with the international experiences of students to complete the technical, language training and personal growth of them. In addition, this gives them new experiences and awareness of the European cultural diversity.
The Centre has experience in sending trainees abroad. We have already developed an Erasmus + project that ended the previous course 2015-16. One of our students spent 2 and a half months in Hamburg and another one 6 months also there. We had the visit of a German web development expert and one of our teachers could do a formative stay in the UK. In the past, other students travelled to Portugal, Italy and Finland. In this case it was done with projects by the Balearic Islands local government.
This project proposed to send trainees of our studies of Technician in Microcomputer Systems and Networks to Finland and the United Kingdom. Finally, two students went to Italy, where we had another partner. We will detail the reasons later. Our selection of students is focussed to select the ones that have a good technical knowledge, enough English level to perform their practices and to be young, mature and enthusiastic people. We have also offered our partners, unsuccessfully, to receive trainees from their countries. In this case they could have had a traineeship at a local company with our supervision. We hope it will be possible in the future.
Our centre has an ISO 9011 Quality management system built into Google Drive. Our Mobility Commission, has managed for 6 years the European practices of our students, requested successfully twice the Erasmus University Charter and prepared applications for new annual projects. Everything is done transparently and published in the mobility centre Blogs:
  http://ramisinternacional.blogspot.com.es/ (Blog for our students)
  http://ramisinternational.blogspot.com.es/ (Blog to foreign entities or students)

The expected result is that students can do a practical training or even work in another European country. These are very enriching experiences both for personal and professionally growth. There are already precedents, as we have some ex-students working in London or Wales. They encourage our current students to follow their steps. We also hope to improve the language skills of students, especially in English.
Our project goal was realistic: having every school year more students interested in performing international stays. Like this, the impact will grow. Experienced students would afterwards work in local companies and transmit their experience to them.

In the long term and also thanks to other programs we are implementing, like the European Sections (teaching secondary level students a non linguistic subject in English), we will have students with a better language knowledge and, therefore, better prepared to stay up to date with the latest ICT trends.
About the mobilities done with this project, we have to say that the two students were for 10 weeks in Vincenza - Italy. For different reasons, our partners in Finland and the UK could not find us host companies for the students. Prior their departure to Italy, both students started an online Italian course, a language they did not know. The stays were organized with our partner, an intermediary company, which was in charge of finding accommodation and a company where to do the practices. Both students went to different host companies and accommodations. Carlos completed his traineeship in a company that sells through the Internet used-car pieces. The practices were satisfactory although our student would have required more technical assistance from the company. Tania practices were more difficult, as the company didn’t fit well the studies she had done. It was an online Marketing company. We suggested the intermediate company to find another placement for her, but it was not possible. Nevertheless, she appreciated her overall experience.
As a conclusion, we have to say that we are happy to have given the students the possibility of doing their practicals abroad,  but we know we have to find better placements for the following years.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

2014-1-ES01-KA103-000556 final Erasmus+ project summary

Our High School, IES Joan Ramis I Ramis is located in Mahón, the capital of Menorca and this is our first own European project. We already had previous experience with other student’s and teacher’s mobilities in projects with the local Balearic Islands Government. The project targets the Higher Level Training Cycle (CFGS) of Technician in Development of Web Applications. The students have 3 hours of a subject in English during the first course and 10 during their second year, which helps them get a good English level. The main goal of the project is to give our students an international experience in their field of studies, improving their knowledge of foreign languages.

 The project lasts 24 months and has allowed us to cooperate with the company Qubidy.com from Hamburg. Two students have been there as trainees: one for 6 months during the first year of the project (half of the time as a ”zero grant”) and another student for two and a half months during the second year of the project. It has been very useful for them, the first one also got a good German level in just 6 months.
 This year we have also received the CEO and technical expert of Quibidu in Menorca. He has given our staff very useful information about the technologies they use and their work methodologies. Here it is interesting to remember that our studies are about Web development, which is precisely what this company is devoted to. We also organised a seminar with local experts and entrepreneurs. 
We think that in future projects we will keep cooperating with them. The important recommendation to our students is to start learning German before their traineeship. Even if it is not needed for the job, it is an advantage to live in Germany for some months. 
Finally, one of our teachers undertook a training course in London on CMS Magnolia (https://www.magnolia-cms.com/), a technology which is also related to our studies. Afterwards the teacher made a presentation in our High School for the students and the local technological community. The project results have not only been very positive and helpful for the two students who did their traineeship abroad, but also for their mates that attended the teacher and visitor’s talks. In the medium and long term, the project encourages us to carry on with the cooperation with this German company and to find others to work with. The technologies that the students have learned and used during their traineeships can help us embed them into the classroom. We’ve also noticed that the students who want to do practical training abroad in the following years, have greater interest in learning German.