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1.      General context

As written in “National Guidelines for long life guidance”, note number 4232 of 19/02/2014, the guidance is not only the instrument to manage the transition between school, education and work, but it has also a long life value in the life of every person ensuring their development and support in the moments of choice and decision with the purpose of promoting their active occupation, economic increasing and  social inclusion.

Therefore the guidance is considered as “a combination of activities which enables citizens of all ages, in all  moments of their life, to identify their own abilities, competences, interests; to pass  conscious resolutions according to education, training and job…”

The school has a central role in the guidance processes and it must achieve a training/general guidance and an accompanying and counselling guidance.

2.      Specific context

Counseling is the first step in the choice and in planning student’s own personal, educational and professional path. The choice of a professional career is one of the most important decision to be taken by everybody. Therefore, it is necessary to have a tool which can give the students the possibility to know better the features of different kind of jobs  following the trends of labour market, a tool which can accompany them in this path, according to their preferences and ambitions.

The software called “Sorprendo” is a new technology for  vocational guidance. The guidance software allows a process of analysis of one's own preferences and abilities and suggests in real time a list of professions compatible with the interests of the person and related skills to be improved and / or developed to achieve the identified professional objective.

It is an innovative technological operating system, designed to help young people to “ choose“ their future. Thanks to self-assessment tools about their interests, skills and a database with more than 450 career paths, this software let people identify suitable goals and jobs. Users are asked to answer to many answers about their attitudes, interests and skills.

Each career starts out as a suitable match. Each stage of process either leaves career as +suitable or demotes it.

3.      The purpose of the activity

General objective: To help students to  choose their  future.

Specific objectives:

O1 - Improving their own knowledge through a path analysing interests, preferences and abilities;
O2 -    Exploring courses of studies through information cards about more than 450 professional jobs;
O3 - Developing their own knowledge about the educational system and labour market in Italy;
O4 - Identifying how to achieve their own professional goals;
O5 - Monitoring counselling steps.

4.      Target group(s)

·         Students of lower Secondary Schools and their families
Teachers of lower secondary schools

5.      The implementation team

·         Counselling Teachers

6.      Implementation period

November – January (for students, families and teachers of lower secondary schools.

7.      Preparation of the activity

In November, during a meeting with the headmaster’s staff, a decision about if it is necessary to buy the software is taken, because the aim is to improve the school counselling offer to Middle school students and to our  VET students. After that, the staff can plan the workshops and Open Days during which students and their families are allowed to use the software.

8.      Description of the activity

The school organize workshops and meeting with students and teachers in lower secondary schools to show the typology of our courses together with curricular and extracurricular activities, job opportunities, post diploma courses and university faculties which students can attend after their diploma.

During these meetings every student who shows interest about vocational education is allowed to use the software “Sorprendo”.

9.      Venues

-          Workshops, classrooms and laboratories

10.  Resources

Human resources: Counselling teachers

Material resources: video projectors, ppt presentations, computers

11.  Expected results

·         Improve the attractiveness and a better comprehension of VET schools.
To provide additional motivation for students.
To increase the new enrollees in the first years at the three sites of the school.
To increase good practices and tools of promotion.

12.  Sustainability

The licence of software is bought by specific financial resourses for counselling.
Sustainability is assured by the awareness to use more and more useful methods for promoting our vocational school to receive more effective results every year.

13.  Feed-back

The experience of using a software in a vocational guidance has been very appreciated by Middle class students, by their parents and their teachers. The students told us that the use of this software allowed them to think to their choice in a more responsible way. So,  we felt encouraged to work at the plan of offering this activity in order to improve our vocational school and career guidance also in the following years.

14.  Dissemination of the event/Impact

·         Workshops
During Open Days
School's FB page

15.  Visuals

1.       General context

The Vocational Schools are inserted in the typology of schools that allow to enter directly into the world of work, mainly based on laboratory activities. This idea doesn’t often show the creative aspect which a professional path can also have, making the student's approach passive. Moreover, during the education path, their attention is mainly focused on professional activities and standardized skills.

So it is difficult to stimulate the creative aspect of professional profiles. We have to consider the following issues:
- Manual work is also an activity of the intellect.
- The worker can be an innovator and creator of development.
- The project offers a possibility of innovation to the territory.

2.   Specific context

- The activity can stimulate the positive competition;
- Students and teachers work together aiming at the same goal: to win the competition;
- The school becomes site of new ideas and tools.

3.    The purpose of the activity

General objective: Helping students of lower secondary schools who want to express their talent and creativity to choose a vocational school.

Specific Objectives:
O1 -  to increase visibility of vocational school in the local and regional area
O2 - to find out and carry out  creative inclinations  instead of only manual ones
O3 – to make people aware of the possibility these students have to go on studying at university
O4 -
 To offer different and new methods of learning

4.     Target group(s)
Students of the third year of lower secondary schools,  their counsellor teachers and  teachers who contribute significantly to student guidance and counselling.

5.    The implementation team

-  Responsible of counseling and her team;
-  Motivated and qualified teachers, for the dissemination among lower secondary schools;
- A technical team, made up by teachers of professional subjects of every course of study, achieves the products proposed by students (t-shirt, jewels, bags, videos, etc.);
- A technical team to share the competition on Facebook and on web page administration.

6.      Implementation period:

 January - May

7.      Preparation of the activity

The counsellor teacher prepares an announcement of competition which is published on the school website and conveyed to all the lower secondary schools. The lower secondary school teachers were informed and encouraged the students to take part in the competition.

The competition is for all the students of the third years of lower secondary school. Those students who want to take part in the competition send an email with the idea they want to realize according to the following sections:
Audiovisual Productions: Invention of a short film; Realization of a professional photo;
Electronic makers: Invention and design /Creation of an electronic device; Creation of a robot or of a domotic device; Realization with Arduino, Raspberry PI;
Art Craft:  Creation of a light vehicle; Manufactured products made by recycling materials;  Graphic design of jewels; Design and possible creation of one or more dental elements for playing-creative purposes;
Fashion & Design: Realization of a fashion accessory; Invention and design of a stensil to be placed on a t-shirt by means of painting.

The theme for every category is free and a student alone or a group of students or the whole classroom can participate.


8.      Description of the activity

After the evaluation of the idea and its feasibility, our school Santarella gives the possibility to use its laboratories for the realization with teachers of professional subjects on Saturdays when lower secondary schools are closed.

In May, parents, students, teachers are invited  at the final event, hosted in the Auditorium of the school. The counsellor teacher introduces the students to the jury, showing their idea. After students’ explanation, the jury gives an evaluation.  The award ceremony consists in giving eight scholarships (500 euros each) for those students who decide to enroll in school Santarella, vouchers and various  gadgets given by sponsors.

9.      Venues

- Web
- School Auditorium, when the final public event takes place.

10.   Resources:

·         human resources: school counsellors,  teachers, , students, the jury made up of individuals from the world of culture, show business, print, fashion, craft associations.
time: two weeks for preparation, one week shown on facebook to have „like”, and one day to evaluate the students’ idea during the  final event.
material: laptops, video projectors, brochures.
financial: sponsors, school resources.

11.   Expected results

- Visibility of our school and its professional courses;
- Better informed students and parents about the opportunities VET offers;
- A larger number of students willing to attend VET schools;
An effective exchange of good practices.

12.    Sustainability

Sustainability is ensured by sponsors supporting the event year after year.

13.   Feed-back

The great participation to the final event, the increase of students’ enrollments, the involvement of sponsors, better visibility on social networks, the evident enthusiam shown by students during this experience are a good guarantee to promote our school in the territory.

14.   Dissemination of the event/impact

- Updating the web page and the Facebook page of school „Santarella”.
- Posters in different lower secondary schools of the territory.  

15.   Visuals

1.      General context

The school counselling is particularly important, both in the transition from one type of school to another one and in the transition from school to work. In the counselling activity in order  to choose the school after lower secondary school, it is necessary to give students  advice, helps, suggestions, information in order to succeed in the school path and to avoid disadvantage situations and  failure which can lead them to drop out of school.

Parents have a decisive role in the choice because they usually are the real counsellors of their own children. 

In this way, our school carries out a counselling activity called “entry activity” addressed to students of lower secondary school. This activity, called Open Days, takes place during the first months of the school year (between November and January) until the final date in which the enrollments are closed.

2.      Specific context

Open Days, represent an opportunity to allow the participation of the parents to the counselling activities, when they are on holiday. The meeting between parents and teachers is a chance to create a bridge useful not only to  make their children take a decision on their future, but also to  increase the school visibility. The goal is also to  give an image of a collaborative and open school.

3.      The purpose of the activity

General objective:

To create a meeting point between school (Teachers and students) and parents and pupils, so that it shows the opportunities of vocational and technical education

Specific objectives:
O1 – Describing educational path of school, timesheet, professional career, technical subject
O2 – Visiting the school, rooms and laboratories
O3 – Contacting the parents to establish a constructive dialogue between  school and family

4.      Target group(s)

·         Students of lower Secondary Schools and their families

5.      The implementation team

·         All the school staff

6.      Implementation period

 November - January

7.      Preparation of the activity

In November the Counsellor Responsible organizes a briefing with staff team to plan the dates of Open Days and how to disseminate the events (poster, brochure, radio advertising and gadgets). Then the Counsellor Responsible contacts the lower schools to communicate the date of Open Days and to distribute informative materials,  posters and brochures; In the end, all teachers take part in organization of workshop to be done during Open Days.

8.      Description of the activity

Usually Open Days are planned on Sundays in which the school is open to students and families. The teachers welcome parents and pupils and help them in visiting the school; then teachers and VET students show some manual activities and the use of instruments in laboratories;

The parents can talk  with teachers to have explanations about the various professional courses.

9.      Venues

-    lassrooms and laboratories

10.  Resources

Human resources: teachers, administrative staff, technicians, some VET students
Time: 1 month for preparation, 4 or 5 Sundays in December and in January
Material resources: video projectors, ppt presentations, gadget, brochures, materials for activities.

11.  Expected results

·         To increase the new enrolments in the first years at the three sites of the school
To Improve the attractiveness and a better comprehension of VET schools;
To provide additional motivation for pupils of the third year of lower secondary schools and orientation towards vocational education and training;

12.  Sustainability

The Open Days are repeated annually. The informative material is bought by specific financial resources for counselling.

13.  Feed-back

Generally the 50% of the students that enrol in our School, visit the school during the Open Days. So we can conclude that it is an effective methodology to motivate student to career guidance involving their parents in this choice.

14.  Dissemination of the event/Impact

·         Posters
Radio Advertisements
School site
School FB page

15.  Visuals

1.       General context

The pupil who attends the Middle School in Italy does not usually have the opportunity to practice technical workshop activities that allow to identify attitudes and interests with regard to technical professions. During the school orientation, teachers tend to associate each student because of a precise inclination  to a single subject and not to skills and attitudes to manual activities related to the world of work. This limits the pupils’ possibility of choice and tends to orientate them towards a classical or scientific high school. So, the ability to highlight the attitudes and preferences of pupils lacks both in middle schools and in families.

2.       Specific contest

-          To spread the educational curriculum of the various courses of our school showing the laboratory activities the student will attend;
To acquire knowledge of the different competences through the training courses offered by our school;
To show the possibilities offered by new tools and materials for the creation of new professional figures.

3.       The purpose of the activity

General objective:
The aim is to promote the "culture” of manual work and of technical features linked to it.

Specific object:
- To improve the quality of the educational orientation in order to increase the enrollments of students who have shown interest towards the technical / practical subjects during the activities of the travelling labs.
- To provide new tools, to teachers responsible for the outgoing orientation, in order to find out students' attitudes. These tools are based on activities which are different from what traditional school programs propose.
- To give more students the opportunity to deal with manual activities in order to recognize their own attitudes in a situation unlikely offered to young people today.

4.       Target group:


5.       The implementation team

The team in each laboratory is made up of a teacher of technical subject, a Middle School teacher and some students attending the professional courses. The coordinating activity between schools is carried out by the counselor teacher.

6.       Implementation period

The laboratory activities are carried out in November and December during the school time

7.       Preparation of activity

The counselor teacher contacts the teachers of the middle class schools that want to participate in the project and plan a calendar with those teachers to carry out the workshops during the curricular hours. They try to insert the activities in the class schedules. The  teacher of vocational subjects prepares materials and tools and gives technical information about the realization of the activity. The activities are prepared and tested together with the students attending the vocational course who will take part in the travelling labs.

8.       Definition of activity

Every course of the school proposes a specific laboratory: The Electric Electronic course, for example, proposes the creation of a simple microcontroller electronic device with sensors and actuators. The technical laboratory becomes a gym that teaches to "think with hands" using computers and objects of the real world: an educational method to bring the students to study STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in a practical way, and playing.

The Audiovisual course proposes the creation of simple photographic productions with the use of software for image processing and editing of video files done by students in the lab. In this way the youngsters find out the communicative potentialities of audiovisual media.

The labs start with the presentation of the activity and the tools made by the professional teachers and then, during the practical phase the students of our school are involved as tutors. This practice allows the implementation of a peer-to-peer teaching that allows a rapid exchange of information between peers about the activities proposed by our school.

The two hours laboratories always aim at the realization of an object or of a complete product (for example the creation of a smart traffic-light or a short video clip).

Then the students who take part in these labs are encouraged to visit the school during the “Open days”.

9.       Venues

All the activities are carried out in the laboratories or classrooms of the middle schools.

10.   Resources

Human resources:
In our school:             Counselor teacher; Teachers; Students
In middle school:       Teachers; Laboratory technicians; Custodians

Time: The activities are prepared by technical teachers and students during laboratory hours of lesson in about 3 weeks. The labs last 2 hours in each third year of middle school.

Materials: laptops, video projector, tools for technical activities

Sponsor: school resources.

11.   Expected results

The students involved in travelling labs have the possibility to see the real activities carried out in the different courses of the school. In this way the quality of orientation is improved because the student who take part in the lab can do a choice, aware of an education path according to his own interests.

12.   Sustainability

The project „Travelling labs” is carried out by the counselor team using resources and tools generally employed in curricular activities. The teachers involved in the project plan dates and materials at the beginning of the year.

13.   Feed back

-          Vet students are more motivated in what they do during lessons
More students of middle schools visit our school during „Open Days”
Teachers of the middle school see an increasing interest in the vocational subjects.

14.   Dissemination the event

The counselor teacher sends invitations to Headmasters and teachers of the middle schools.

15.   Visuals

1.      General context

There are not so many occasions in which students can show what they learn and produce to the territory. So the school counselling team tries to find out events to give people the possibility to visit our school. When families come in, teachers can show the spaces, the equipment, the activities, so that they can strengthen the contact between school and territory.

2.      Specific context

The theme of the Fashion shows is chosen to be close to students’ interests, for example the music list is based on what they know or to learn famous music of the past.

3.      The purpose of the activity

General objective:

To create a meeting point between school and families, so that it shows the opportunities of vocational and technical education

Specific objectives:
O1 – Showing the practical aspect of every course;
O2 – Getting to know the school;
O3 – Opening a dialogue between our school and lower secondary students and families.

4.      Target group(s)

·         VET Students
VET students’ parents
Students of lower Secondary Schools and their families

5.      The implementation team

·         Responsible of counselling Teachers of  professional subjects
All the school staff

6.      Implementation period

September – June of the last three years

7.      Preparation of the activity

The theme of Fashion Shows is prepared since September when the program is set up by the teachers of the fashion course in Bari and Bitetto.  The theme is carried out in three years and is inserted in the school PTOF (three years program of  every school).

Then the theme is discussed with the counselling team in order to know how it will be used in the counselling phase with the lower secondary schools (time sheet, human resources, budget,…).

During curricular and extracurricular time, students are asked to produce the clothes  referred to the theme chosen. So they have an active part in the event: they are the true protagonists.

After the production of a certain number of clothes, the fashion team  organizes the event with the students having a specific role:

·         Clothes set list
·         Play list
·         Scenography
·         Make up
·         Hair style

Rehearsals of the fashion show start and the counselling team begin to plan the contacts with the counselling teacher of lower secondary schools and to send invitations to students, their families  and local authorities.
The last rehearsals of the fashion show involve students of other courses of our school: Audiovisual and Electrical courses who have to take care of lights and sound equipment, camera, videocamera, etc.

8.      Description of the activity

During the fashion show students have a different roles for the realization of the event:
Some students are in the hall of the school welcoming guests.
Some students help models to wear clothes, to make up, to choose the right hair style (in some occasions sponsors take part).
Some students are models.
Some students take care of lights, music and stage microphones.
Some students take photos and make a video of the event.

All these students are coordinating by the teachers of Vocational subjects and the teacher Responsible of the Counselling introduces the Fashion Show. The theme of last three years has been “Cinema, Music and Fashion”, dealing with the famous actresses from 1900 to today. This theme has seen great interest and enthusiasm among students of Lower Secondary Schools and their families.

9.      Venues

-          Laboratories;

10.  Resources

Human resources: teachers,  technicians, students

Time: from September to June

Material resources: clothes/accessories, video projectors, audio and light equipment, posters.

11.  Expected results

·         To increase new enrollments in the school;

·         To improve the attractiveness and a better comprehension of VET schools;

·         To give more motivation to students and their families.

12.  Sustainability

All the materials, necessary for the final event, are produced during the curricular lessons and inserted in the teachers ‘annual planning, therefore there are no additional costs for the school.

Moreover  this event gives a great value to students and what they have produced.

13.  Feed-back

Families realize the concrete opportunities this kind of vocational school can give. Young students of lower secondary schools are attracted and motivated to attend this school.

14.  Dissemination of the event/Impact

·         Posters
School site
School Facebook page

15.  Visuals

MULTIPLIER EVENT – 12 giugno 2019

Mercoledì 12 giugno 2019, si è svolto, presso l’Auditorium Antonio De Curtis di Bari, l’atteso MULTIPLIER EVENT del Progetto Erasmus+ TECHnical partNership towards Innovation and Cooperation for VET.

L’incontro ha visto la partecipazione di un folto numero di docenti dell’Orientamento di Scuole Secondarie di Primo e Secondo Grado della città di Bari, di genitori di alunni, di rappresentanti di Agenzie del Lavoro, del Ministero del Lavoro e delle Istituzioni, di Enti di formazione, di Confederazioni di imprese.

L’evento ha costituito ufficialmente attività di formazione ed aggiornamento per i docenti, in accordo con le modalità previste dal Ministero dell’Istruzione.

Dopo i saluti e l’introduzione della professoressa Sabrina Scura – Funzione Strumentale per l’Orientamento dell’IPSIA L. Santarella -, la professoressa Marisa Critelli, docente di Lingua Inglese e componente lo staff del Progetto Erasmus+, ha illustrato finalità ed attività del progetto, menzionando e ringraziando, per il lavoro prodotto, le scuole e le organizzazioni aderenti al progetto stesso.

Si è poi passati all’analisi della Career Guidance and Counseling Guide.                Al riguardo il professor Gaetano Liuzzi – referente del Progetto – ha posto in luce le peculiari metodologie alternative sviluppate nei Paesi partner, con la finalità di prossime implementazioni nell’anno scolastico a venire. Al riguardo è stato evidenziato il prezioso apporto dei Dati statistici occupazionali nella fase di orientamento e il positivo contributo che la presenza delle imprese può determinare nella fase di scelta dell’indirizzo di studio da parte dei ragazzi.

È poi intervenuta la professoressa Rosanna Brienza – Coordinatrice della sede dell’IPSIA Santarella - che si è soffermata sugli aspetti dell’orientamento legati all’accoglienza dei ragazzi svantaggiati, oggetto di un prossimo Progetto Erasmus+ nell’IPSIA Santarella.

Si è anche proceduto alla simulazione del software innovativo per l’Orientamento Sorprendo, proposto dal partner Umbria Training Center, con il quale i partecipanti si sono cimentati, sotto la supervisione della signora Cecilia De Laurentis – assistente tecnico nel Laboratorio Informatico dell’IPSIA L. Santarella.

Nel dibattito finale moderato dalla professoressa Sabrina Scura, che ha registrato numerosi interventi, sono state evidenziate le principali positività proposte dalla Career Guidance and Counseling Guide del Progetto e gettato le basi per un lavoro di implementazione partecipato da parte di docenti e rappresentanti delle organizzazioni presenti.

MULTIPLIER EVENT – 12th  June 2019

Last Wednesday 12 June 2019, the MULTIPLIER EVENT within the Erasmus+ project “TECHnical partNership towards Innovation and Cooperation for VET” took place in the Auditorium Antonio De Curtis of IPSIA L. Santarella in Bari.

A great number of teachers of middle and high schools, parents, representatives of Job Agencies, of Ministry of Labour, of Training Centres, of Companies Federations, of local authorities were actively involved in the event.

It was, also, an officially training and updating activity for teachers, respecting the conditions provided for by Education Ministry .

After the welcoming of the teacher Sabrina Scura – Responsible for Counseling in IPSIA L. Santarella, Mrs Marisa Critelli, teacher of English and member of Erasmus + team, explained aims and activities of the project, mentioning and thanking the schools and institutions taking part in this project for all the obtained results.

Then the most important and interesting result of the prject, the Career Guidance and Counseling Guide was analysed. Mr. Gaetano Liuzzi, the representative of the project showed the different peculiar methodologies developed in the partner countries, aiming at future implementations during the next school year.  Great importance was given to the precious contribution of employment statistical data during the counseling phase and the positive contribution the companies can give in the phase when students choose  the course of studies.

The teacher  Rosanna Brienza  – Coordinator of IPSIA Santarella site – spoke about the various points of counseling linked to students with special needs, topic of the next Erasmus +  in IPSIA Santarella.

Moreover it was used a simulation of the innovative “Sorprendo”, the software for counseling proposed by  Umbria Training Center, with which the participants tested themselves under the supervision  of Mrs Cecilia De Laurentis – technical assistant in Computer Laboratory in IPSIA L. Santarella.

During the final debate with the chairwoman Mrs Sabrina Scura, who registered a great participation, the main positive aspects proposed by the Career Guidance and Counseling Guide were considered and laid the foundations for an implementation work among the teachers and the representatives of those various organizations present to the event.