Technical College of Jutland is a member of TA3 - Trans-Atlantic Technology Training Alliance, whose objectives are:
The TA3is a membership consortium of leading community and technical colleges in the U.S., Europe and South Africa that promotes community colleges' efforts to support their regional economies, and promotes the value and importance of a global perspective on community college missions.
Technician-level educational institutions are critically important to regional economies because they educate the emerging technical workforce, train existing workers, provide technical assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs, and assume leadership positions in promoting local economic development.
The TA3's mission is to support international learning, exchange, and innovation among institutions offering pre-baccalaureate technical education, to promote policies and research that support their ability to be effective leaders in regional economic development, and to disseminate lessons learned.
Project achievements: http://www.rtsinc.org/ and http://www.clusterhubs.org/
Background: The number of companies using refrigeration of one kind or another is substantially growing. The development of technology is taking place constantly. Legislation is becoming still tougher.
A minimum level of education in the shape of a European certification is suggested ahead.
DJH and YORK have joined to develop a European education within the field of refrigeration.
This is due to two factors. York Refrigeration, based in Århus-Højbjerg, has a dominant position in
the European refrigeration market with an annual turnover of 1 billion kr. and 5900 staff. York is part of York International with a 4 billion turnover and 25000 staff. DJH is national college of refrigeration in DK, and the Danish education is by far the one in Europe that covers most qualification elements, vertically as well as horizontally (several European countries have no education in this field at all).
Leonardo is a EU-programme in which funds can be applied for, aiming at interchange as well
Together with YORK we applied for a Leonardo da Vinci pilot project, the purpose being to establish a European education model in the light of the Danish system. DJH was to be in charge of the application, be the project manager and be financially responsible – ”Promoting Organization”.
DJH is also national college for plastics technologies. Therefore we have, in these educations, a particular responsibility for international collaboration, just as professional and pedagogical inspiration and feedback will have to be covered through the international network. Moreover, we have the ambition of accomplishing the management of an international project.
Status of interchange: 4 years of experience, 39 apprentices off to practice abroad.
DJH assists in practical matters: application for Leonardo, finding a place of practice in England, informing firms about concrete opportunities, distributing the places, reporting back to Leonardo. From 2003 practice in Ireland too.
DJH is ”Leading Partner” i EU’s Leonardo-project ”Service Refrigeration Education For The Future”, a project of 3,3 million kr with participants from DK, Sweden, France and Spain. http://www.refeducation.com/
For in-service training of people working in the refrigeration trade. These have only little knowledge of refrigeration technology.
In corporation with Danida we have held Hospital Equipment Maintenance Courses, with participants from Ethiopia, Lesotho, Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. These 28-week courses consist of modules of 1 to 8 weeks, the content being electrical and mechanical engineering, refrigeration etc., together with practical training at a Danish hospital.Participants in the courses are people who work with technical service and repair within the medical field. There are no formal entry requirements, but the qualifications of the applicants should be approved the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The project deals with the establishing of a technical college.
Visit from Eritrea: the coming manager of that college, together with a visit from a civil servant of the Ministry of Education.
Technical College of Jutland was, during the period of August 1997 – December 2000, partner in the Leonardo project ”European College Polymer Network”.
Other partners in the project were schools in Sweden, England and France.
The purpose of the project was to develop joint teaching materials within the fields of:
recycling of select polymers, design and production of tools for injection moulding, together with comparison of industrial organization and culture.
Another essential aspect of the project was the exchange of teachers from the schools involved, and the students’ option of participating in international projects.
The achievements are implemented in the basic course teaching in the shape of optional student’s projects, as well as in language teaching in the main course.
Furthermore, students may spend a term in one of the partner schools to accomplish part of the school training.
Participants among TCJ staff have built a professional international network still in use.
The homepage below shows project achievements:
Technical College of Jutland is partner in a Leonardo project approved in the summer of 2004. Other participants are schools in Sweden, England, Spain and Bulgaria together with a number of industrial companies in the countries involved.
Project title is IVOLVE, which is an abbriviation of Industrial Vocational Optimal Learning Valid for Europe.
The purpose of the project is to devise a guideline / standard for use with industrial educations.The aim is to provide assistance in planning the teaching of mixed classes – students with very different cultural/social/professional backgrounds – taking off at the point of each individual’s needs.
The target group for TCJ is apprentices and in-service trainees of the plastics trade, primarily of Danish origin, while other partner have unemployed, immigrants and ethnic minorities as their primary target groups.
Project time is October 2004 – December 2007.
Information on the project is available in the following presentation