Date: 30th October 2018
Circulation: For immediate release to Print & Online Media in Malta
TITLE: Advenio eAcademy participates in Split International Seminar – Connecting Higher Education Institutions and Business Community: Increasing the Quality of Erasmus+ Traineeships Split Croatia
Earlier this month, Mr. Stephen P. D’Alessandro, Executive Director of Advenio eAcademy represented the academy at the international forum “Connecting Higher Education Institutions and Business Community: Increasing the Quality of Erasmus+ Traineeships held in Split Croatia. The participants in this event were higher education institutions’ representatives connecting HEIs to the world of work and organising Erasmus+ traineeships (international relations officers, student career counsellors, traineeship coordinators, head of the studies, decision makers, academy business liaison officers). Active participation was required throughout the Forum to enable participants to share practices of their home institution.
The general discussion was on the manner in which traineeships could serve as a valuable step in the transition from education to professional life, highlighting the importance employers gave to such work experience. Discussions focused on the increasing importance of Erasmus+ traineeships and emphasised the need to ensure quality at all levels.
The seminar brought together international experts who gave presentations on the following topics:
o Traineeships at the European level, exploring existing frameworks and actions needed to improve their quality
o How to strengthen links between education and business sector
o How to meet the needs of students as well as the world of work
o Benefit for universities, their graduates and enterprises
o How could higher education institutions ensure good support and mentorship for students
o Role of career centre in business networking
o Practical exercises on recognising the competences developed through different international experiences
The event comprised a combination of plenary and working sessions which resulted in:-
o Recommendations on ensuring the quality of traineeships
o Recommendations on how to connect HEIs and business sector
o Sharing examples of good practice, and
Mr. D’Alessandro commented on the excellent organization of the event which maximised on the time available by fitting in a very full schedule of structured events as well as fitting in time and events for networking and one-to-one meetings. The presentations focused on the quality challenges faced by each of the three main stakeholders: the HEIs organising the Traineeships, the host organisations providing the traineeships and students participating in the traineeships. He was one of the few representatives coming from the private sector, and the differences in approach by public sector/private sectors were evident throughout. Mr. D’Alessandro stated that he was encouraged to see so many professionals really committed to understanding and meeting the challenges of providing traineeships throughout Europe and beyond.