Focus groups (FG) was organized in Bulgaria (at TUV), involving representatives of the Technical University of Varna and partner companies from Bulgaria to discuss all aspects related to the pilot implementation of dual practice-integrated training for students from the Naval Architecture and Marine Technology specialty of Technical University of Varna.
- 1-st FGM on 21.03.2018 with participation of TUV; FELS; MTG; AHK BG.
- 2-nd FGM on 18.04.2018 with participation of TUV; FELS; MTG;
- 3-rd FGM on 16.05.2018 with participation TUV; FELS; MTG; AHK BG
The following results were achieved:
- A structure for pilot implementation of dual practice-integrated training in specialty of Naval Architecture and Marine Technology of TUV has been adopted, which takes into account existing national and institutional legislation and existing curricula;
- Pilot implementation of dual learning will be based on a voluntary choice by the students of the 3-year course for the 2018/2019 academic year after approval by the business partners;
- The main part of the training will be provided during summer vacation and will consist of about 160 hours per month paid according to the company conditions.
- All the necessary documentation – contracts, logbooks, reports etc. will be developed taking into account local conditions, based on good practices in partner countries involved in the project.
- At the moment there are not many possibilities to provide practice-integrated dual learning for students of Marine Engineering specialty for the entire course of their education. Their education is more focused on the work of a ship’s engineer on board of the ship. However, students in the specialty of “Marine Engineering” in their 4th year of education will be accepted by MTG Dolphin for practical training on “Repair of marine machinery”.
- Students in the specialty of “Marine Engineering” in their 1st and/or 2nd year of education will be considered to undergo for the second part of their practical training on “Metal turning” and/or “Metal fitting” at MTG Dolphin.
- The syllabus for students in the newly accepted specialty – “Design of marine plants and systems” is extremely appropriate for dual education. The possibilities for implementation of dual practice-integrated training for this specialty will be discussed after finishing of the enrolment procedure. It is worthwhile to consider extending the activities after project completion and looking for opportunities in this direction.