European Pathway is a network of seven vocational upper secondary education and training providers in Finland. The aim of the network is to increase the transparency of internationalization studies, to promote the implementation of the European Credit Transfer System of Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) and to facilitate the mobility of labour force. The network creates models with which the professional learning and the infomal learning acquired during a student´s placement abroad can in full be recognised and validated to be a part of his/her individual study path. The network produces and tests language and culture preparation materials for students, to prepare them for placements in several European countries. The languages selected for the development work in this project are also the main languages in many countries outside of Europe.
The network received its latest funding from the Finnish National Board of Ecucation in spring 2014 for the project European Pathway, Estonia and the English speaking countries. The aim is to transfer the same model of student´s individual study path created during the previous project to cover Estonia and Great Britain. The outcomes of the project will be online courses with their specific guidelines for independent studies of Estonian language and culture and British culture. The project uses the method of geocaching for cultural discovery in city orientation as a tool for informal learning. The created courses will be piloted during the project.
The network received funding from the Finnish National Board of Education in spring 2013 for the project European Pathway, German and French speaking countries. The aim is to transfer the model of student´s individual study path started during the previous project to cover German and French speaking countries. The outcomes of the project are online courses with their specific guidelines for independent studies of German and French language and culture. The project uses mobile technology in the documentation and assessment of informanl learning.
The project carried out in 2012-2013 was called European Pathway into Spanish speaking countries, the outcomes of which were online learning packages of Spanish language and culture. This material is used for the preparation of students and teacher before their placements abroad. Another outcome developed and piloted during this project was the Cultural Knowledge course to be completed by the student via informal learning during his/her placement.
The European Pathway into Spanish speaking countries was preceded by a three-yar project called the Hispania Network ending in 2012. This project established a large network of on-the-job learning places for Finnish students in Spain and did the preparatory work for the adaptation of the ECVET system in the sectors of hotel and catering as well as the tourism sector. The project was funded by the Finnish National Board of Education.
The overal development of the European Pathway is also supported by several other ECVET projects in which the network of colleges have been participating. The earlier projects have also had cooperation with countries outside of Europe, such as Mexico and Panama.
The project involves seven VET providers from Finland
- Luovi Vocational College,
- The Joint Authority of Education in Espoo Region, Omnia,
- Kainuu Vocational College,
- Raahe Region Authority for Vocational Education,
- Savonlinna Vocational College,
- Vaasa Vocational Institute,
- Ylä-Savo Vocational College