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Course Info

Experience and learn how to adapt strategies, methods and resources to vocational and professional course curricula, understand classroom management techniques and how to involve students in motivating tasks. Visit model schools and observe infrastructures, resources and participate in student lessons.


Main contents

  • Vocational curricula throughout European countries;
  • Vocational training on local companies and abroad;
  • Applying for funding for vocational experiences abroad;
  • Vocational and pre-professional educational strategies and methodologies;
  • Vocational classroom management;
  • Vocational and professional school's infrastructures and resources;
  • Digital resources to enhance practical tasks and monitor student performance.

* The course is held in the English language. English A2 (CEFR) level is recommended, but trainers are experienced in helping students with English language difficulties.

Course program

Day 1
  • Course and participant presentation;
  • Portuguese Educational System and Vocational Courses;
  • Coffee break;
  • Vocational course organization, student assessment, training and professional exam;
  • Vocational training in local companies and abroad: Erasmus + Key Action 1: VET learning;
  • Lunch.
  • Visit Faro City.
Day 2
  • Exploring European vocational education: sharing good and bad experiences, and exploring best practices and problems;
  • Coffee break;
  • Practical work: gathering and registering recommendations for each one's schools;
  • Lunch
  • Vocational education-focused strategies and methodologies.
Day 3
  • Visit local lower secondary school with vocational offer;
  • Observing infrastructures, resources and attending lessons.
  • Lunch;
  • Visit local private vocational school
  • Observing infrastructures, resources and attending lessons.
Day 4
  • Visit local upper secondary school with vocational offer;
  • Observing infrastructures, resources and attending lessons.
  • Lunch
  • Workshop1: Digital school management tools;
  • Coffee break;
  • Workshop 2: Digital classroom tools.
Day 5
  • Adapting participant's strategies and methods to vocational reality;
  • Coffee break
  • Course evaluation;
  • Certification;
  • Lunch;
  • Visit to Sagres and ponta da piedade.


Note: The course program can be changed according to participant's profile, local holidays or on the availability of schools to visit.


Target group

Primary school teachers, Secondary school teachers, School staff and School managers.


Course methodology
  • General introduction on each of the topics.
  • Participants share experiences and best practices on each topic in group and plenary sessions.
  • Participants visit public and private schools, from different levels and observe infrastructures and resources and its usage.
  • Participants observe lessons: teaching, studying and learning processes in classrooms in small groups or individually.
  • Individually or in groups, participants register recommendations for one’s own schools.

Course fees


Course participants will get a Certificate of participation and a Declaration of Obtained Competencies.

Competences acquired will be validated by the course organizers on the Europass mobility. Participants must ask their national agency to issue the Europass (Visit our website Documents > Europass mobility).


Accommodation and Meals

Participants book their accommodation. Mint.Edu will advise participants for hotel choice in different price categories. Participants are free to choose hotels and restaurants. Accommodation is paid directly by participants to hotels and restaurants.

Lunches and coffee are available in or around the University of Algarve, where the course will take place.

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