Since November 2018, the project “Skills for Baltic Wood Industry – European Quality in Vocational Education and Training” No. 601123-EPP-1-2018-1-DE-EPPKA2-SSA has been implemented at the Faculty of Technologies, Department of Industry and Engineering and has conducted a self-assessment to determine the satisfaction of participants, faculty, and employers associated with the project. During this process, three target groups were interviewed – lecturers, employers and project participants.
The main purpose of the questionnaire was to find out the lecturers’ opinion about the work on the project. The aims and results of the project were clear to the lecturers, the schedule of lectures was satisfactory and there was enough time for most of them. Lecturers were not short of material resources, the only problem was with the availability of e-books for participants.
The biggest problems that the lecturers faced were remote work, unclear lecture schedule, lack of communication. The experience gained by the lecturers during the project was diverse. Some were satisfied that participants were much more interested and motivated to learn while others had the opportunity to work and gain experience from students of different profiles.
The main purpose of the questionnaire for employers – to find out the opinion of employers about the quality of training. Most of the interviewed employees state that they have noticed that employees have improved, and the most frequently mentioned advantages are the introduction of new technologies and trends in the furniture industry, improvement of economic knowledge and skills with design programs.
A noticeable drawback – remote learning. According to employers, the most needed aspects are practical activities, sharing of experience, focus on the most advanced companies and the latest technologies. All respondents agree that training for employees will have a positive impact on their work: some plan to increase their salary or give a promotion.
The main purpose of the questionnaire was to find out students’ satisfaction with the quality of teaching.
The results of the course were evaluated by the participants differently. Most of the respondents have gained more knowledge of the subject being taught, the acquired knowledge and experience will be applied in the workplace. Although in general, the participants are satisfied with the course, even though there are aspects that can be improved.
Most of the respondents apply or plan to apply the learnt knowledge at work. Participants mostly liked the practical work, systematically and clearly presented learning material, the work of the lecturers and communication between colleagues from other cities. As for aspects that could be improved, respondents point to a clearer schedule of lectures, better communication from lecturers during quarantine. All respondents would recommend the courses to others.
The results of the survey are encouraging as all three target groups (lecturers, students and participants) responded positively to the implementation of the project. You can find out more about the “Skilled-up” project by visiting:
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