The hallmark of this project was Poland sharing best practice in automotive service and repair with students from the Czech Republic. Three groups of five students from a specialist vocational school in Kroměříž spend two weeks learning a variety of skills, failure diagnosing, setting and repairing of motor vehicles, as well as management of work and health and safety in an English-speaking and Polish-speaking environment.
The students – who were accompanied by an interpreter to facilitate the learning process – had access to excellent training facilities in Krakow staffed by qualified and experienced teachers and instructors who are all certified to award national vocational qualifications. The sessions combined theory and practical training sessions and the participants also had an opportunity to discover the city of Krakow and the Polish culture.
The wide ranging syllabus covered everything from health and safety issues to the use of a variety of diagnostic equipment to test electrical circuits on vehicles and suspension and steering geometry. It helped the students gain a number of new skills, including the management of repair operations and the use of English language in a work environment.