The main goals of our Industry project are to influence the students’ way of thinking about work in general, including physical
labour, shape their social, civic, citizen and environmental attitudes, make them aware of the interdependence of industrial
processes shaping our present civilization and effort that has to be put into obtaining what they are normally used to taking for
granted and finally to make them realize the necessity to involve in teamwork and apply work ethic rules in order to achieve further
development both as individuals and as a community. We are going to work towards reaching these objectives by involving our
students into a series of activities, most of which have been planned in a way that helps develop basic and transversal skills and
assists low-achieving pupils and can thus be easily incorporated into all areas of the curricula. Also increasing mobility aspect plays
an important role in our programme, with groups of international students working together on a planned product and learning to
cooperate in multicultural groups towards achieving a common goal.
Another important aspect of our project is to prepare the students for the new tendencies and assumptions of the vocational education system which is undergoing gradual reforms. The project consists of 10 stages: 8 thematic stages, each dedicated to one industry type of the three basic economy sectors, the first introductory stage and the last - evaluation stage. Each stage comprises a series of hands-on activities from all curriculum areas performed by the students working collaboratively in groups, individually or as class teams and a set of more theoretical activities utilised by the teachers.
The thematic stages are: within the Primary Economy Sector: Stage of Coal (Mining Industry), Stage of Steel (Metallurgy Industry) and Stage of Wool (Animal Husbandry); Secondary Economy Sector: Stage of Silk (Textile Industry), Stage of Clay (Handicraft) and Stage of Food (Food Industry); Tertiary Economy Sector: Stage of Travel (Tourism Industry) and Stage of Film (Entertainment Industry).
Due to the nature of our project and the activities that involve collaboration and reporting, the scope for the number of participants is limitless. Through interacting with different factions of society, our project will be long-reaching. The creation of a readily-available, meaningful, relevant and effective Teacher Resource Pack is something which will be published, not only on our own website, but on education resource websites also. This will enable the aims and priorities of our project to reach a wider audience and impact positively on the progression and development of change in regards to employment, education and citizenship.
The activities will involve our students engaging at a meaningful level with quality, inclusive learning experiences. It will enable them to build transferable skills that they can utilise through their journey of learning. It is our intention that the project will empower our students as agents of change, preparing them for their role in the society. Building and sustaining links with entrepreneurship will stimulate a thorough process and attitude shift where the children will view different opportunities for their own future. This may help to tackle the early school leaving rate.
Through liaison with other schools, educational centers, press, industries, families and community, we envisage the long term benefits of our project to be lasting. Making the Teacher Resource Pack available to other educators will facilitate interaction between other schools and the be one of the key issues affecting them.