Welcome to the website of Academia Marco.
Founded in 1975, Academia Marco is a Private Technical School, located in the centre of Zaragoza (Spain), where around 500 students are engaged in studies here. The institution holds the ISO 9001:2008 quality assurance certificate.
As far as Education is concerned, this Technical School offers a wide range of specific vocational education and training, from initial to advanced level: Electronics, Electricity, Information Technology, Commerce, Administration and Medical Laboratory. Furthermore, this Education Institution is authorised to teach some training courses from INAEM (Spanish Public Employment Service) to unemployed people. Therefore, they will be able to reach the right level of skills in order to gain knowledge as well as experience and, with an ultimate goal of increasing their employability. Finally, from time to time, e-learning courses are offered too.
This part of our website has been designed to make information about the School accessible to a wide variety of people, including students (current and prospective), academic peers, parents, friends and visitors from all over the world. However, it is especially targeted for overseas employers who may be interested in facilitating our Erasmus students.
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: ADVANCED VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING
It should be highlighted that our target groups for mobility activities are Advanced Vocational Education and Training groups. Students have to be enrolled on any 2nd course of Advanced Vocational Education and Training to be eligible for the Erasmus + project.
The institution provides the following studies:
Marketing and Advertising.
Computer Network Systems Management.
The academic programme of this second course is quarterly and modularised. The first two trimesters roughly comprise 10 weeks of classes followed by a week of examinations. Our pupils have to acquire theoretical knowledge at school and in the last term, an internship either in private companies (family, middle size and multinational firms) or state-owned companies (hospitals of the National Health Service) is compulsory. Hence, they will graduate positively once completed.
Even though our institution has just once participated in a mobility project in the European Union before, we strongly believe that it is essential to take part in the Erasmus + Programme. Nowadays, more and more of our students make a request for work placements in enterprises, training centres or other organizations which belong to other Member States.
Benefits worth mentioning are that mobility activities can help to overcome any kind of barriers, broaden minds to become more respectful to every culture, develop self-confidence and responsibility. That said, given the high rate of youth unemployment in Spain, the principal aim is employability.
Also of note, we cannot forget globalization and international commerce so we need to be prepared for the challenges of current world. Our School-based Education Project (PEC) states the importance of mobility for both its students and teachers through work placements in other countries.
Last but not least, learning Foreign Languages provides students with the opportunities to develop their communication skills more accurately in both oral and reading and written expressions of English. Not only will they improve their fluency but also it will narrow the gaps between different nationalities, helping them blend with the community.
Our goals regarding mobility and foreign work placements are:
To provide students with experiences which complement their education at Academia Marco.
To promote lifelong learning and language development to support employability.
To integrate cross border mobility as an outstanding part of Vocational Education.
To raise the institution’s international profile.
To modernise the Education Institution by improving the quality of our research through international collaboration in terms of education and technical knowledge
STRATEGY TO BE FOLLOWED
The Strategy to be followed in 2019/2020 is:
To establish the required processes for the mobility of students and academic staff.
To develop and improve foreign language competence.
To establish agreements with European companies and institutions.
To get in touch with multinational companies which collaborate with our institution so as to consider the possibility of the development of the work placement of our pupils in other factories located in other parts of Europe.
To contact with different institutions such as the Chamber of Commerce, the Public Employment Service, Trade Unions, public and private hospitals, Entrepreneurial Organizations in order to help us find companies and hospitals where our students could apply for work placements abroad.
ARRAGEMENTS FOR OUTGOING STUDENTS
Firstly, both students and teachers in charge will seek foreign companies that are willing to provide students with suitable work placements. There will be an agreement which is to be signed by the High School, the company and the student. This must include dates, training activities, knowledge to be acquired, the follow-up and evaluation of the plan of placement.
The Erasmus tutor will carry out the follow-up with the two parties involved:
the students: contacting them via online (email, chatting, Skype) every week. A notebook is required because all the activities, difficulties and circumstances related to the internship need registering.
The company tutor: to verify that the training programme is fulfilled monthly.
The last step is evaluation. This has to be edited by the school and the company tutor, according to the tasks carried out and the skills and knowledge acquired.
In the case of positive evaluation full recognition is granted by the ECTS and the Supplement Qualification which will be sent to the pupils who pass the work placement as suitable by means of the Erasmus programme.
ECTS:The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is a way of ensuring academic recognition between European institutes of higher education. It is based on a system of credits whereby a full quarter’s work placement programme is worth 22 ECTS credits.
The Erasmus Policy Statement and experiences will be incorporated on the web page, social networking such as Facebook, and institution advertising and media platform for education of the Aragon Autonomic Government.
We hope that you find this information useful. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to forward your query via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will revert to you at our earliest convenience.