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ALTINAY is an engineering company that pioneered industrial robotics in Turkey since its early beginnings in 1990. During the presentation about the company, students and teachers learned about the technologies of car production, glass processing, production systems and how the machines are used for production. He also mentioned welding and joining applications. For all these, he suggested and emphasized the importance of learning different kinds of programme coding. He showed some 3D simulations of how machines and system work and also about more advanced technologies. The teachers and students were informed about the worldwide companies that Altınay work with. Then, all the group visited the department where they design the pieces and learnt information about how they do it.
Ülker, whose history goes back to 1944, is one of the best loved brand names in Turkey. Ülker manufactures a wide span of products such as biscuits, chocolate, candy, chewing gum, liquid oil, dairy products, carbonated beverages, ice cream, coffee and baby food. Students and teachers watched an introduction video. The presenter gave participants information about Ülker factories in Turkey and the products (different kinds of biscuits,crackers,cakes), with daily production numbers. Then safety expert informed about the rules and told us what we should do. After the presentation, all the group wore shoe, head and body covers, and walked along the production line seeing how they mix powder ingredients, making it dough and shaping and adding chocolate, packaging…etc. The company visit ended with distribution of a package including Ülker’s biscuits, crackers and cakes.
Canovate Electronics is one of the top 10 global companies in terms of quality, technology and product portfolio in two main product categories “DATA CENTER” and end-to-end “FIBER OPTIC” solutions founded 50 years ago in the spirit of innovation. After the presentation about the company, the participants were taken to the production part of the company.
The second transnational meeting of the project took place in Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania between the 21st of November and the 25th of November, 2017 at COLEGIUL ENERGETIC.
The participants of the meeting were 3 teachers from Turkey, 2 teachers from Latvia, 2 teachers from Spain, 2 teachers from Croatia, and over 10 teachers from Romania.
The main goals of the meeting were:
- Work on E-learning platform;
- Discussions on the project progress;
- Work on ETwinning;
- Discussions about future mobilities and financial aspects;
- Discussions about Mobility Tool and final report;
- Results of the survey completed by students – The importance of the Learning platform;
- Certificates for students working on the platform – models and database of the exams results;
- Visit to the Chamber of Commerce – presentation about entrepreneurs from Valcea County;
- Group work – the achievements and problems of students business plans;
- Business ideas – Workshop;
- Visit to known entrepreneurs/ companies from Valcea county – Sano Vita, Vilmar, Gammastil;
- Reflection and evaluation of the meeting.
The 21st of November
The project partners from Latvia, Turkey, Spain and Croatia arrived in Râmnicu Vâlcea and they were welcomed by the Romanian team. The teachers participated to an informal dinner, where they had the chance to make new friends.
The 22nd of November
The participants of the project were welcomed by the Headmaster of Colegiul Energetic, teachers, students and local representatives. In the introduction, the hosts welcomed the guests and informed the participants on the meeting programme. Young entrepreneurs from Colegiul Energetic presented their business or future business.
The groups of teachers from each country shared presentations about local activities from the beginning of the project in 2015 until now. All teams impressed the audience.
The work session included:
- Organization of the project – goals of the project
- It was presented the report of the survey ”The Importance of the Learning Platform”
- Certificates for students working on the platform
Before lunch, the teachers were invited to visit The Chamber of Commerce. Here, they found out information about the entrepreneurship in Valcea County.
The work session continued at Vâlcea County Library with group work (discussions about the web page of the project, ETwinning, Mobility tool, final report) and with an interesting workshop ”Handmade by Ozana” – a good idea for business.
In the evening, the students and teachers attended a wonderful concert at ”Victor Giuleanu” Art High School, in partnership with Colegiul Energetic. The participants appreciated the students’ performance and enjoyed the activity.
The day ended with a relaxing dinner, where the participants got the chance to improve their English skills and to find out more about the educational systems and cultural aspects from all the countries.
The 23th of November, 2017
The day started with a work session at Valcea County Library.
The participants discussed about:
- The achievements and problems of students business plans, discussions about job market;
- Mobilities – confirmation of the destinations and periods;
- Financial aspects;
- Planning next meeting;
- Reflection of the meeting.
Then the participants visited some representative companies from Valcea county:
–SanoVita is a manufacturer and processor certified by the relevant authorities for the following activities:
– Manufacture of grain products (extruded, expanded, pasta), fruit and vegetable juices and soybean (tofu)
– Storage, packing and trading of food products: cereals (pressed, extruded, expanded, germ, bran, flour, gluten, starch, pasta), oil seeds, dried and expanded grain, sugar, dried and candied fruits, salt.
The company is counting more than 20 years of experience in the field of food education, education through the offer of high quality products, made with the latest technology, protecting at the same time the environment.
Covering 25 hectares of which 10 are workshops hosting the latest technology equipment, employing a staff of nearly 400, being directly connected to the major transportation routes, the company is located in the southern industrial zone of Ramnicu Valcea city.
Vilmar manufactures and sells a diversified range of technological equipment and components parts used in several industries: petroleum and natural gas, chemical, petrochemical, energy, mining, nuclear, water, subsea, etc.
Gammastil – Natural remedies
There is a 5 store chain selling a wide range of medicinal and aromatic herbs, food supplements and cosmetics in the form of teas, tinctures, extracts, capsules containing solid or liquid, regular or coated tablets, syrups, solutions for internal use or external, ova, suppositories, creams, gels, perfumes, etc.
At the request of consumers, they also sell gluten-free products, various kinds of cereals and dried fruits, intimate hygiene products, diapers for babies and old ladies, etc.
In the evening participants visited Râmnicu Vâlcea.
The 24th of November, 2017
The last day, participants concluded on their work and discussed about tourism entrepreneurship, visiting Bran Castle, a landmark of Romania.
After getting back to Râmnicu Vâlcea, all participants had to fill in an evaluation form, regarding the activities performed during this reunion.
In conclusion, the meeting met its goals; the activities were held in a relaxing atmosphere, where everybody enjoyed the time spent together, learning and sharing precious information.
Tenea Codruta, coordinating teacher
During the project activities businessmen in five countries were questioned about the entrepreneurship environment. The questionnaire was worked out by the Turkish team, the partners discussed it, introduced some changes and during the video conference the final version was accepted.
In November, December (2016) 10 businessmen in Valka municipality participated in the poll: the total number of employees – 115, the companies exist from 0 – 25 years, they represent production and services.
The questionnaire consists of8 part with statements evaluated in 5 point system.(5- always 4- often 3-sometimes 2- rarely 1- never) Each part has conclusions which are reflected in info-graphics made by grade 11 students.
Woodworking and building companies which work for a longer period of time can be satisfied with the financial support. The entrepreneurs are satisfied witch funding available in public initiatives and sufficient debt funding.
Part 2 – Government policies.
Part 3 – Government programs.
Part 4 – Research and development transfer.
Part 5 – Commercial and professional infrastructure.
Part 6 – Access to physical infrastructure.
Part 7 – Market openness.
Part 8 – Cultural and social norms.
During the October week Valka Jānis Cimze Gymnasium students from grade 11- Mārtiņš, Rūdolfs, Monta, Elvis, Dāvis and their teachers Ingrida Hedemarka, Guntra Gaidlazda and Inese Kāposte took part in the project meeting within framework of Erasmus + project.
Donostia/San Sebastian lies in northern Spain which is Basque country near France. During the visit we could broaden our knowledge and improve our skills in entrepreneurship cooperating with students from partner countries, we made posters, talked about skills and education businesspeople need. While visiting innovation centre Tknika we noticed rooms which can be transformed and thus used for group work to promote creativity, communication and other skills, the design was interesting and practical- the walls are like our white boards and it is possible to jot down ideas on them. There we presented our game we had prepared for junior students `Oh, this life`, and learned what students from partner countries (Spain, Romania, Croatia, Turkey) had done.
We had a field trip to local successful companies, the most impressive of which was the bus company IRIZAR, where we not only saw a presentation but also could follow the production process.
Donostia business and culture centre Tabakalera caught our attention as it was a proof how a former tobacco factory has found a new life now serving as a cinema, concerthall, library and hosting workshops for creative activities. In the town hall we were greeted by the culture councellor and on behalf of the visitors Ingrida Hedemarka delivered a speech.
The area we visited thrives on tourism, it is due to the geographical situation. On Tuesday which was the busiest and the hottest day we went hiking in mount Ulia for three hours, we really enjoyed the amazing views. We also tried surfing which was a wonderful experience.
We went on a bus tour to Aranzanza monastery and Arrakrutz cave which is definitely different from the caves in Latvia. On Thursday evening we were hosted by the Gastronomic society where we tasted Spanish food like garlic soup, fish cake, etc. Friday was the last project day and we visited Guggenheim museum in Bilbao.
Early Saturday morning we left Bilbao to start our 16 hour long trip home.
During the week we carried out the planned activities, the weather conditions were favourable, we had the first flying experience. These were amazing days in a foreign country with a chance to communicate with people from other cultures, learn new things, use language skills.
Prepared by Rūdolfs Baumanis and Guntra Gaidlazda
November 24, 2015. This was the day to learn how successful business people work therefore there were visits to several companies, for example, LTd “PepiRer” – they produce insulation material for construction work. Since 2007 they have been using a modern conveyor belt. They export their goods to 30 countries. In 2015 they started manufacturing toys.
The company is appreciated in the town for many reasons, it gives work to 70 people, actively participates in town events, co-operates with the municipality.
Company Ltd “efn Nord” believes that their policy is that of high quality, quality in every stage of the manufacturing process.
Company “Ligumss” together with their owner Māris Stalis care for the well-being of their employers and customers, they have a café in their new building. The owner is definitely sure that a good communication skill is an advantage.
Company “Minty” has various offers for design (for clothes, badges, posters, etc.), interior.
It was a good experience to learn how they manage their company, what problems they face and how they solve them.