The project INTERVET Western Balkans is a 3-year long project, which aims at creating opportunities of learning mobility and improving the culture of learning mobility. The project will include the following activities: 56 PRO-type mobilities for 3 months, 360 mobilities for one month, 54 job shadowing experiences, participation of 36 VET teachers in summer schools and participation of 72 VET teachers and managers in the Thematic Themes. The consortium includes associations, SMEs, VET centers, chambers of commerce and a university from six regional partner countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, The Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia. It also consists of eight partners from the EU Member States: Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Malta, Spain, Slovenia and Poland.
ZNI, as a one of the hosting partners, has already started the preparations for the project, which due to the pandemic situation, were conducted virtually. The pandemic reality affects all of us and it is important to have a well-structured plan in which all the mobilities are carried out safely. Once all conditions are met, ZNI will start receiving participants. However, for now, all events have been kept online.
The first meeting of the project INTERVET Western Balkans was held online in March. It provided an overview of the whole project, the main goal of which was to introduce the culture of learning mobility in Western Balkans VET systems and improve the employability of students. Our team was carefully listening, and has already started the preparation process as well as searching for possible working places and accommodation for the future participants.
The second meeting, held virtually as well, was on September 30th 2020. The highlighted theme of the meeting was COVID-19 and the influence of it on the project. The different members were discussing activities scheduled for the following months. The other debated topics were: the future of INTERVET WB and Mobility, Quality Management and Dissemination. The meeting helped us to better plan our activities and improve our hosting capacities.
Our team attended both meetings. Currently, we are working hard to prepare, and to soon implement the mobility, especially since the new reality requires of us to be more responsible regarding the hygiene and safety rules. We have been brainstorming a lot and we hope that soon we will be able to implement all our ideas. We are prepared to host new interns, and we are expecting them in the beginning of the next year.