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     JOBS Moldova – 

  

     Job orientation in businesses and schools

 

  

Beneficiary: Ministry of Education of the Republic of Moldova

 

Sponsors:

 

Lottery Fund Canton of Zurich, Switzerland

Palatin Foundation, Basel, Switzerland 

 

Implementing Agency: Zurich University of Teacher Education, International Projects in Education (IPE)

 

          

 

Local partner: Professional Capacity Building Institute (IFCP)

 

Schools involved in the project:

 

Gymnasium „A. I. Cuza”, Balti

Lyceum „I. L. Caragiale”, Orhei

VET school no. 7, Chisinau

 

Duration: January 2016 – December 2017

 

The aim of the JOBS Moldova project is to examine whether the concept and material developed for JOBS Romania, which has been running since 2009, can be adapted for the needs of the Moldovan education system. The presented pilot project period will be used to pilot the materials in the selected schools and estimate which adjustment is necessary in a next step for the integration into the system.

 

The main objective of the project is to support students in their transition from school to vocational training or into the working world. In this phase, students should receive individual support in job orientation. That is why JOBS focuses more on the evaluation of the student’s pre-existing competences rather than on vocational counselling.

 

In the course of the programme, students are offered numerous opportunities to assess, improve or acquire a different range of skills, self-competences and the knowledge, which will be vital for their future professional careers. The cross-curricular approach of JOBS fosters the students’ strengths and attempts to fill gaps in their competence profiles. The targeted development of transversal competences, life skills and of the ability to recognize their own potential, will al-low the students to meet the demands of the modern employment market more easily.

 

Teachers will be introduced to more student-centred methods, such as cooperative and task-based learning. As opposed to the teacher-centred tradition of most school systems, students are confronted with more life-relevant tasks, which they have to solve autonomously and/or in teams. This gives them more freedom to experiment and to choose their own, individual ways to reach a solution. Ultimately, it is through these tasks, which promote independence and the spirit of initiative, that schools can offer students the opportunities to acquire life-relevant competences and skills. The teachers involved in the project, in turn, are offered the possibility to broaden their range of teaching methods and to experience a different teacher-student relationship.

 

The pilot project includes the following components:

 

(1) Building a stable project network within the Republic of Moldova with national and international stakeholders and decision makers

 

(2) Nominating three pilot schools and testing of teaching & learning material during 2 semesters in the study year 2016/2017 and 1 semester in 2017/2018

 

(3) Trainings of teachers in selected schools

 

(4) Analysing the needed revision of the booklets, make adaptations of content, format & design

 

(5) Preparing an implementation strategy for the JOBS program with the stakeholders.