Lauch of the BECOMING website.

Happy to anounce that we lauchued the new website of our ERAMSUS PLUS project BECOMING. IN the near future we will put more information and results of our work on it.
 
 
The BECOMING project, on which we will work until the middle of 2023, focuses on developing a positive approach of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their employees to lifelong learning.
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Erasmus Plus - (ERASMUS+) - программа Европейского Союза, направленная на поддержку сотрудничества в области образования, профессионального обучения, молодёжи и спорта). Средства предоставленные из бюджета Европейского Союза финансирует деятельность, способствующую развитию сектора образования. Поскольку политику в области образования каждая страна, входящая в Европейский Союз, реализует самостоятельно в рамках своих нормативно-правовых систем, Европейская комиссия и ее органы не обладают законодательными полномочиями для реализации единой европейской политики в области образования. В связи с этим Европейский Союз предоставляет стимулирование путём выделения финансовых средств для развития своих приоритетов в области образования на уровне школ, университетов и развития образования взрослого населения. За некоторыми исключениями выделяемое Европейским Союзом финансирование используются для проектов проводимых в странах Европейском Союзе. Но всегда рады партнёрам из стран не входящих в Европейский Союз.

Немецкая компания WFS Bildungs gUG успешно работает совместно со своими партнёрами в рамках реализации программ ERASMUS PLUS. Нам всегда интересно мнение других стран и образовательных систем. Вот почему мы применяем наш опыт и работаем вместе с нашими партнёрами, из стран не входящих в Европейский Союз, над темами и программами, в которых мы реализуем и транслируем результаты нашей международной работы.

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Being in Continuous Innovation and Growing

2nd PROJECT NEWSLETTER

BECOMING is an EU-funded Erasmus+ project. Its primary goal is to bring innovative solutions to reduce the risk of leaving the labour market for workers in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) employed at lower levels, particularly by developing a positive approach to lifelong learning.
2nd project meeting
An important meeting of the consortium of the international project BECOMING: Being in Continuous Innovation and Growing took place on 22nd June 2021 in Pescara, Italy. The face-to-face coordination meeting of the partner organizations from Italy, Germany, and the Czech Republic took place after a long pause due to travel restrictions and was extremely important in terms of discussing in detail the further joint progress in the project deliverables preparation.

Primarily, the meeting focused on discussing the current progress of the first project output (Services package on Career Guidance and Development), where all partners have developed a PESTEL analysis of the selected sectors in their countries. A collective preparation of the upcoming tasks followed, and also, the basic organizational issues for the second project output (Toolkit for Workers) were discussed.  In addition, there were project dissemination strategy, new website, and project overall progress presented. The next meeting of the international consortium is scheduled for early November 2021 in Prague, Czech Republic.
 
Launching the project website
Before the start of summer, the BECOMING project website was as well officially launched. For its wider use and overall simplification, we have prepared it not only in the English language but also in Czech, Italian, and German, the national languages of all project partners.
 
Visit our website:
https://www.becomingproject.eu/
 
3rd project meeting
At the beginning of November, the third meeting of the project consortium will take place in Prague, Czech Republic. On 4th and 5th November 2021, all project partners will discuss current progress in the outputs and, most importantly, the next steps in the project.

ERASMUS+ MOBILITY

ONCE IN A LIFE TIME EXPERIENCE WITH ZUIDERZEE

Maritime affairs are the first in importance among all modes of transport and are most closely connected with the socio-historical development of mankind, as the beginnings of human penetration by waterways date back to prehistory. We cannot say that seafaring will ever become extinct, as even in the modern age it represents an important form of transport, both cargo, and tourist (yachting, cruising, etc.). However, we can say that fewer and fewer people are choosing this profession, as it requires a lot of sacrifice. Whether a person opting for a maritime school wants to work on a ship as a engineer officer or deck officer is hard to know without experience, as theory is different from practice. That is why it is important to have a physical and genuine experience of working on a ship, so that the person gets the feeling of belonging, freedom, happiness, adrenaline and, so to speak, to feel like he is at home, the moment the ship leaves the port. The sea becomes a second home, the boat becomes a second house, the co-workers become a second family. To make it easier for young people to make decisions, to get to know how work on a boat looks like in all circumstances and weather conditions, and also that then it is easier for them to decide if this is the right profession, a European project is organized every year to allow maritime high school students to try it themselves. Regardless of the situation in which the whole world currently lives, a practice took place in October 2021 where the team went to the north of Germany and boarded one of the oldest still existing two mastered Dutch schooners, the sailboat Zuiderzee which is also called The grand old lady. The Zuiderzee was built in 1909 in the Netherlands and officially registered with a motor in 1921. It was built for the purposes of the Coastal Navy / Guard and the transport of cargo with a carrying capacity of up to 400 tons. The hull of the ship was originally made of wood, later reinforced with steel. In 1991, the sailboat was completely refurbished and now serves as a school sailboat for learning and other casual sailings. The sailboat has exceptional sailing properties and even today it easily sails across the Atlantic Ocean. The sailboat has 8 cabins, 6 x for 3 people and 2 x for 2 people. The crew has separate rooms. It has four toilets and three showers separate for guests and crew. On the deck, there is a dining room and a rest area.

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19 students, 1 companion, and two program coordinators boarded it, and the Captain and Mate were waiting for them on the sailboat. The students, as maritime students, had a hard time expecting the experience, and they were looking forward to the moment when the sailboat sailed out of the port for the first time towards the horizon. The first day was first followed by boarding, where the students were arranged around the rooms, unpacking things and loading food onboard. This was followed by the obligatory part - safety procedure, which is required on every boat, sailboat, and larger ship. The safety plan was explained of what is allowed and what is not allowed, such as running and jumping on the deck, when folding the sails on the bow in the net, it is essential to have a safety belt, and they were also told that during sailing everyone should be on deck, as the movement of a sailboat at sea can quickly cause nausea if you stay below deck. They said that it is forbidden to throw yourself off the deck during the voyage and explained that this is done only when an order is issued in case of an emergency. They were also taught how to properly wear a life jacket, where they are located, how to jump into the water and what alarms exist on the boat. In the end, Mate emphasized that they should first and foremost pay attention to their own safety and consequently to the safety of others, and that they should assess what is safe and what is dangerous to do. The students were divided into groups based on which room they were in, as each day two groups were in charge of the kitchen and 5 other groups were in charge of the guard during the voyage. As it was a long drive for the students, the first day was followed by rest so that everyone could gather strength for an unforgettable experience in the Baltic Sea.

Each day, the start was set at a different time, depending on the destination and the distance that had to be covered. On the second day, the first day of the voyage, the destination was the town of Kuhlnsbörn, which was 50 miles away. The students in charge of the kitchen prepared a delicious breakfast for the crew so that everyone could refresh themselves. At 10.00 am was the start of the voyage and the raising of the sails began. The weather was windy, cloudy and at times also rainy. A great day for sailing with such a large sailboat that needs at least 3 - 4 buffers to be able to sail normally. Since most of the students were on a sailboat for the first time in general, 3 of them got nausea, which unfortunately you don't have influence on. The students overcame the weakness and at the end of the day, everyone had a good laugh about it. With the first hectic day, the whole crew fortified their stomachs, so that during the whole trip no one was sick anymore and everyone enjoyed the adrenaline, the sun, the wind, and the sea. Some of the students found themselves in this part right away and showed their enthusiasm and desire to work. Throughout their practice, Mate taught them everything he could about raising sails, stacking ropes, knots, turns, pumping water, cleaning the deck so that they quickly knew how to do everything on his command. Every evening, when the Zuiderzee arrived at the port, the students put away all the sails and cleaned the deck (put away the ropes), and after that had a free evening to socialize, get to know the cities and the surrounding area. Many of them did not separate from the Mate during the internship, as they enthusiastically asked him everything possible about sailing, sailes, robes and the profession of a sailor because as said, some found themselves in this profession from the first moment the sailboat sailed towards the horizon.

On the third day, the destination was Rostock, which is the most important and largest Baltic port.

Since there was not much distance between Rostock and Kuhlnsbörn, those students who were more eager for knowledge offered to help with sanding and painting the deck.

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For the fourth day, however, the Captain decided to travel to Denmark and its beautiful islands. From Rostock to Denmark it is 45 miles and the trip took the whole day. Since there is no signal in the middle of the sea, the students were able to put their phones aside, team up with each other, and help with work on a deck even more. As some of the students showed themselves in a great light and with a maritime streak, the Captain and Mate allowed them to try themselves at navigating as well. Some did the job so well as if they had years of sailing behind them.

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The first place to arrive in Denmark was Bagenkop, then it continued to Gedser, Hessnes and the last place to visit was Klintholm. In Denmark, the crew spent five wonderful days, with interesting ports, nature, and beaches like in the movies.

It can be said with certainty that none of the students would have ever visited these Danish towns and islands in their lives if it were not for this offered experience that they were able to do their internship on the Zuiderzee sailboat in the Baltic Sea.

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The trip ended with a visit to the city of Warnemünde, which is one of the world's busiest cruies ports, and for the last day, the Zuiderzee sailed back to Rostock again, which was also the starting point for the way back.

The students experienced sailing in this way for the first time with a traditional two-seater and during these 10 days they learned how life on a ship looks like, what it means to be a sailor and how this profession looks like in reality, what are the duties on a sailboat, like devotion to the boat and others. With certainty, just about every student was overwhelmed and excited about the experience. Some found themselves in this profession more, some less, and some found out that this life is not for them at all. The whole experience also gave them an insight into their future lives, made it easier for them to make decisions about college, candidacy, and work in the future. However, no one can deny that this experience did not bring them a lot of new and useful knowledge. They learned different skills, techniques, self-care, and teamwork because without that, you can't go onto the sea. Self-safety and the safety of the entire crew always comes first. The students connected with each other even more and formed stronger friendships and alliances. The Captain also praised certain people and they also received a special award in the end. The whole experience passed in the blink of an eye and left a huge mark behind, especially in the minds and hearts of the students.

All the students grew up with this experience and also, they had time to stop for a moment and think about themselves, who they are, what they want, and what makes them happy. With a smile to their ears, they disembarked from the boat, full of new knowledge and drive to move forward, they are now ready for the life that awaits them and the rest is history. For sure the whole once in a lifetime experience with Zuiderzee will stay in their hearts forever.

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Fare winds and following seas to everyone!

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