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International projects - Erlend samskipti

VMA is a comprehensive college offering both generaland vocational education. The school has been involved in several projects funded by Nordplus and Erasmus. Projects include mobilities of teachers and students as well as strategic partnership.

The international coordinator for VMA is Hildur Fririksdttir (hildurfri@vma.is).

VMA PIC number for Erasmus applications is 947240309.OrganizationID isE10161282.

Below is information on the projects that VMA participates in 2021-2022:

VET 4 Change - 2020-1-FR01-KA2020-080504

The project aims to find the tools and innovative methods to better meet territorial needs in form of required skills and also to improve the dialogue between education/training system skills. Action learning and research methods will be used in this project. The partners in this project are MFR Grand EstFrance, GAL Cluj Napoca Romania, Breza Croatia, BSC Slovenia, IFOCAP France, Inter Mondes Belgium, Leader Union Estonia and VMA Iceland.

Ready for the World - 2020-1-IS01-KA229-065828

For this project three schools will be working together on the topic: How can we assist and empower people in need for help? The three schools participating in the project are; Verkmenntasklinn Akureyri in Iceland, SOSU Randers in Denmark and Morgen College which is a part of the Landstede school group in Harderwiijk in the Netherlands. Each school will form a diverse group of 10-15 students from all layers of society, that will meet in each country and work together on the topic.

Rotten Shark and Aioli: Sharing Culinary Culture to Erase Differences -2019-1-FR01-KA229-062996

The project is funded by the Erasmus+ program and is based on cooperation between the culinary department in VMA and MFRLa Tour dAigues in Southern France. The aim of the project is to work with local food traditions, both old traditions as well as local modern food processing. Here in Akureyri the students will get to know and present local food production and the same goes for the French students. The plan was to welcome a group of French students and teachers in Akureyri in spring 2020 and to send a group of students and teachers from VMA to France a week later. Due to Covid-19 the visits have been postponed.

VET@Work - 2018-1-FI01-KA202-047198

This Erasmus project is in some ways a direct continuation of other Erasmus projects, Workmentor and AppMentor, which VMA also participated in. The main aim of the project is to produce an online manual for implementing innovative ways of collaborating with the labor market when educating students within VET. Participants in the project come from both the educational system and the labour market. VMA's partners in the project are Het Idee andStichting Welzijn Lelystad from the Netherlands,Axxell Utbildning AB andRaseborgs stad from Finland,Nantes Terre Atlantique from France,Broadshoulders Ltd from the UK and Hrsnyrtistofan Medulla.

Empowerment by innovation - a must for inclusion-NPJR-2019/10113

This is a project that is funded by Nordplus and is based on a collaboration between schools in Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark and the Business and Economics department in VMA. The project centers around using creative and innovative methods when it comes to the social inclusion of immigrants. That is the topic that the students will be working with. A group of students from VMA visited a school in Porvoo in Finland in October 2019. The remaining visits have been postponed due to Covid-19.

Students gaining experience abroad - Erasmus+

VMA is actively involved in sending students abroad for training and also takes care of students from abroad. VMA is working with SOSU in Randers Denmark and with Salpaus Lahti Finland in sending students for work placements in other countries.

Previous projects:

secondary school in Oppdal, Norway, a well-known ski school that applies for the project. The partners are three; VMA, Oppdal and Fjerritslev, a Previou

Completing Secondary Education - 2014-2017

This is an Erasmus + KA2 project. Charlottenlund in Trondheim Norway is the coordinator, partners are VMA and schools in Denmark, Finland, Netherlands and Germany.The project aims at collecting procedures and solutions that have been used and have proven supportive to students having difficulty in finishing their secondary education.

Webpage for the CSE prjoject

CSE - best practice brochure

GreenPOP - 2014-2017

VMA takes part in a project in Macedonia about Organic Agriculture.

For some further information:


FING project on oil and gas, offshore work - 2014-2016

The FING project is a project funded byNordplusandNORA.This is a project that looks to establishing an innovative network of quality within oil and gas training and education, while taking into account environmental and safety issues.

For some further information:

WorkQual - Workmentoring within a Quality management System- 2014-2016

Structure for Cooperation Between School and Small and Medium-sized Enterprices (SMEs).The WorkQual project is directly related toWorkMentor.The Workqual project was approved and started in September 2014. The goal of the WorkQual project is to develop a standardized approach to placing students in workplaces. The idea is to collect information, sheets, checklists and procedures and form a general model of how to work with workplaces to place students in workplaces. VMA, Norway, Finland, England, Netherlands and France.

Continuum Skole Jobb - 2014-2015

The department for special educationin VMA is working on a project to compare and improve the cooperation between schools and the workplaces where students in special education are being trained.

This a description of the project in Norwegian.

Sharing good practices in vocatonal training for automotive technology and Transport - 2014

VMA is taking part in aNordplus project about Automotive education.This is a mobility project and based on visits between three schools, in Akureyri, Finland and Estonia.

WorkMentor - 2011-2013

TheWorkMentorproject has been an important part of the international work at VMA. VMA was the coordinating partner in a project that started October 2011 and ended in October 2013. The WorkMentor project transferred the methods of mentoring into the relationship between a student in a workplace and an experienced worker supporting the student.

Collaboration with Charlottenlund Comprehensive College Trondheim Norway - 2014

Spring 2014, VMA paired up withCharlottenlund VGS(Videregaende Skole) which is a school /Comprehensive College in Trondheim, Norway. Together the two colleges sent applications for grants to the Nordplus programme to fund visits from students and teachers to the schools.

AppMentor 2016-1- FI01-KA202- 022668

This European Erasmus+ Project brings together seven partners from across Europe with an interest in using technology as a tool to strengthen the mentoring process during work based learning.The partners plan to experiment using different technology to improve: communication, learning; mentoring and mentoring and review between the student, employer and tutor / trainer.


NordicModern and Criminal Literature a Language and Reading Project-NPLA-2015/10003

This is aNordplusproject whose main objective is toincrease Nordic cultural awareness and knowledge amongstudents and teachers of the participants.The partners will also be experimenting withnew methodsfor acquiring skills in Nordic languages. The partners in thisproject are Hadeland High School in Oslo, Katrinelundsgymnasiet in Gothenburg, Copenhagen's KVUC,Forening Nordenin Norway, theLibrary in Gran Municipality in Norway, the University of Aarhus, the University of Gothenburg and VMA.

"InnoVET", Innovative VET devices in rural areas - 2017-1-FR01-KA202-03748

While economic globalization continues to put in tension territorial economic and social balance, many local actors are looking for tools and innovative ways to improve the adequacy between training offers and skills needs.What is at stake is how to enable workers to adapt to the changes of the local production system, while at the same time promoting competitiveness of small and very small businesses that make up the main part of the territorial economy.The partners in this project are MFR France, MFR Reunion island, Vivasol Lithuania, Sol et Civilisation France, BSC Slovenia, IFOCAP France,OFFA Belgium, GAL Napoca Romania and VMA.

Win WinSportsProject-2017-1-NO01-KA201-034190

ThisErasmus+Project brings together three Nordic partners; VMA, Oppdal Norway and Fjerritslev Denmark. The department of sportssciencein VMA will participate in this project which involves sharing innovating practices in connection to sports education and mobility of both students and teachers.

Language and land expansion of the vikings - NPLA-2018/10040

The project is a two-year language and reading project (Nordplus Nordic Language) between four cooperative schools in Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The aim of the project is to increase students knowledge and understanding of Nordic languages, history, culture and society. Another aim is also to develop teaching materials that can be used for teaching in Nordic languages and Nordic language history. The role of the participants in the project is to build networks, develop teaching materials and teaching plans. Two teachers from each school will teach one week at a time in one of the partner schools each year.

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