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Xavier Professional School: an introduction to our institution and international projects

Xavier Professional School has been working since the late 50s to teach and integrate teenagers and adults into the labor market. The different families that form our school are Medium Formative Grades in Administrative Management, Commercial Activities, Auxiliary Nurse Care Technician, Pharmacy and Parapharmacy, and Superior Formative Grades of Administration and Finances, International Trade, Dietetics and Sociocultural Animation. Year by year our school has been following the latest innovative projects to maintain the highest level to teach alumni and to train teachers. This is why, it quickly became acquainted of the Erasmus program and soon after started to participate in it. First, as a way to keep on with that hardworking spirit lead by the Javerianas, and also, to give more opportunities to our students in their future.

In this sense, Xavier Professional School considers that the Erasmus+ program helps the development of our students in their maturity and autonomy thanks to the cultural exchange that these mobilities allow. Values such as respect and tolerance are acquired, as well as skills to integrate not only in the labor market but also in society. The relevance of the Erasmus+ program is recognized worldwide, highlighting the cohesion and knowledge of the European Union among young people. In our opinion, it is the most important cultural exchange program that exists today.

Our fifteen-year experience has allowed us to participate in European projects such as K-103 and    K-102; we also collaborate in K-108 in a Galician Consortium and K-202 with the Scottish company Light on the Path at the front of it. Regarding the K-102 and K-103 programs, we intend to contribute to the inclusion in society of our students, who are young people with few economic resources, and the improvement not only of their language skills, but also to change their mentality to open ones. The result of this experience enables an improvement in the teaching-learning process of our students and, being a vocational training center, enhances their employability and insertion in the working world.

These mobilities imply a cultural exchange and give them a chance to see and share how others and they work in a different atmosphere. Furthermore, it allows us to bring to the classroom the real needs of companies and prepare our students to be able to respond to these requirements. In addition to strengthening their linguistic competence and developing their professional skills with the technical knowledge learned, they can improve their personal skills by carrying out these practices in a social, economic and cultural environment different from the usual one, enriching themselves with the diversity and different customs of the destination area, in our case, the UK, Netherlands or Germany among other countries.   

We think that these internships in companies from different countries are the best opportunity we can offer our students to achieve the integral and professional-personal training that we are looking for. The development of the projects is carried out in different phases. Firstly, a phase of preparation of the proposal in which the objectives, student profiles and a work schedule are established. Secondly, diffusion and call for proposals. In a third phase, the training stays will be developed from the departure of our students until their return from the realization of the FCT's in destination. Finally, and coinciding with the end of the academic year, monitoring and issuance of certificates. The methodology used to carry out all our projects is based on cooperation, total coordination and collaborative work with the partners in destination, using the technological means at our disposal.



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