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IFSP to implement technical course based on Australian dual system 

Industrial Automation Course aims to bring taught content closer to market demands and will be offered from the first semester of 2021.

  • Published: Wednesday 07 August 2019, 12:55 pm
  • Last updated on Monday, 19 August 2019, 13h38

The Innovation Agency (Inova) and the IFSP International Relations Office (Arinter) promote this week, between August 6 and 8, a workshop to discuss the pilot project for the implementation of the Industrial Automation Technical course at the Bragança Paulista and Suzano Campus , based on the Australian Dual Model.

The Australian TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) vocational training system operates as a springboard for the country's economic and productive growth, as it provides students with the skills and qualifications necessary to enter them into the labor market. This approximation between the academic world and industry allows the productive sector to remain competitive in an international environment. 

Dean Eduardo Modena during the opening of the workshop

Cynthia Fischer, an adviser at Arinter, explains that the system offers training that is much more in line with current demands in the labor market. In addition to having experience in companies since the beginning of the course, working with real problems, when they graduate, students are better prepared to assimilate the new information they begin to receive as professionals. Another important point of the Australian system is the constant review and updating of the pedagogical projects of the courses.

At IFSP, the teaching methodology will be offered from the first semester of 2021, initially in four classes of Industrial Automation Technician course in the modality concomitant / subsequent to high school at the Campus Bragança Paulista and Suzano, which already have experience in the methodology of teaching that brings students and industry together. In Suzano, a course began in the second half of 2018 Industrial Automation Technician focused on meeting the expectations and needs of companies and society, contributing to the insertion in the world of work and the citizen's performance of professionals. With the same objective, Câmpus Bragança has carried out, since 2016, the Industry Connection Program, which has already generated significant fruits.

According to Cynthia, the choice of campuses is also due to the directors' willingness to accept the challenge and the proximity to the rectory, since the campuses will periodically receive servers from the IFSP and also from an Australian technical-technological institute (Tafe - Technical and Further Education) partner that will be selected to monitor the development of activities.

During the opening of the workshop, on the morning of the 6th, Dean Eduardo Antonio Modena spoke about the agreements between the IFSP and international educational institutions, the inseparability between Research, Teaching and Extension, and the large number of recent initiatives related to the approximation between the Institution and the Local Productive Arrangement (APL) in several cities in São Paulo through the IFSP Innovation Agency (Inova). “In a short time, we are making many advances with very positive projections. May this initiative be another successful initiative ”, he pointed out.

Cynthia Fischer and Mathew Johnston during the event

Cynthia Fischer pointed out that knowledge production evolves rapidly, both in academia and industry, and today Brazilian technical and technological education is far from the reality demanded by the market. “Students need to know these new skills required, which were not part of academic training, but are very necessary for the work of professionals who have just graduated”, he points out.

Mathew Johnston, Education & Research advisor at the Australian Embassy in Brazil, highlighted the importance of bridging the gap between what students learn and how they are demanded at work. Mathew informed that this is the first partnership of this type between the embassy and a Brazilian educational institution, although there are already previous agreements established between the agency and the MEC. “We have experience in this area, the proposed methodology can help Brazil a lot economically, technologically, in everything. This purpose is very much in line with the proposal of the federal institutes ”, he observes. “We had no excuse for not working with trained professionals in the main city in Brazil”, he jokes. 

 Steps

In order for its implementation to be feasible, the action will count on the efforts of Inova, Arinter, the Australian Embassy and the Campus Suzano and Bragança Paulista. But the execution of the course will require the mobilization of several sectors. As partners, in addition to Setec / MEC and the Australian Embassy, ​​the Secretariats for Economic Development and Education of São Paulo, city halls, chambers of commerce, companies in the area, business associations and local productive arrangements are expected. 

The realization of the workshop is the first stage of the project proposal sent to the Ministry of Education (MEC) between the Department of Education of Australia and the MEC for the work plan between the IFSP and the Secretariat of Professional and Technological Education of the MEC and the Tafe (Technical and Further Education).

Still in 2019, the preparation of the course's pedagogical project (PPC) will begin, and in 2020, the legal procedures for the opening of classes in 2021. The objective, evaluates Cynthia Fischer, is that after the adjustments in the PPC - which will be held semiannually - the courses are already offered to other IFSP campuses and federal institutes in other Brazilian states, in addition, a new course on another technological axis should be offered as early as 2022. “It is an ambitious project, we want to innovate and expand the technical and technological education in the country ”, evaluates the advisor.

Workshop - The workshop also included the participation of Cristina Elsner, specialist in Education at the Australian Embassy, ​​the general directors of the Bragança Paulista Campus, João Roberto Moro, and Suzano, Breno Teixeira Santos, of teachers who develop the pilot projects in the two campuses, and a visitor from the Government of Bahia. The program of the event extends until Thursday.

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