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.