Competences needed for the graduates of the Higher Polytechnic School are divided into following aspects:
Supervised internships in enterprises have to:
- Bring the students to the world of work they would like to enter. The situations they will experience in enterprises will be real so that it will be useful for them to get to know the dynamics of these organizations, their ways of management and business culture.
- Relate academic knowledge with professional practice. Practical experience obtained during the internships can help greatly students to understand their theoretical classroom explanations.
- Instill in students suitable attitudes to face the world of work. Getting to know different roles to be developed in the enterprise will have influence on students making them reflect on their own responsibility and commitment to their own tasks.
- Bring universities closer to the business world. A better understanding of production processes and services has to guide university to adjust the syllabus with the socio-economic environment.
As for knowledge, social partners seem to agree that the students who are graduated at our polytechnic schools have solid theoretical knowledge, but they also confirm their lack of practical skills, and above all, absolute ignorance of the business environment. Another important fact in this sense is a lack of foreign language skills. Due to relationships among UE members on the one side, and multiculturality present in the companies on the other side, the language knowledge must be given high priority.
It is also important to provide new graduates with additional skills related with human dimension such as adjustment capacity to new and changing situations, team work, leadership, etc. In the not too distant future these graduates in Engineering may develop responsibility roles and make decisions that could affect other colleagues or teams within the same company.
As for attitude, it is probably the most difficult aspect of the teaching area and a very appreciated one within the business area. Future engineers should be prepared to overcome difficulties with drive; be able to communicate their ideas or suggestions both to workers under their charge and those who occupy the positions of higher responsibility; adapt easily to new strategy and direction models; respond positively to the challenges, and be aware that success or failure come as a result of a teamwork where everybody is a fundamental element to carry out the assigned task. These aspects must be taken into account nowadays when looking for a job.
Supervised internships in enterprises have been designed as a face-to-face training activity to be carried out in the last course of the EPS syllabus.
Enterprises (or institutions) that wish to collaborate in this training process sign an agreement with the UdL pointing out a mutual will and commitment to facilitate implementation of this kind of practical trainings. After expressing their interest in accepting students as trainees they have to assign a tutor who will guide the students in the process and ensure that the internship will be directed towards the completion of the training and knowledge acquired at university.
On the part of the EPS there is a School-Enterprise coordinator who takes part in the assignment of companies being the direct contact between the business and the University. Besides, there is an Academic Tutor who is trainees’ reference point as he/she follows the internship and deals with assignment process and assessment.
The companies have to be chosen at the beginning of the course following the order of students’ academic records. In you can find the companies where internships may be carried out. The list of companies available for practical trainings is updated every academic course in the Virtual Campus space.
Students carry out the internship throughout the period of study that is equivalent to 15 credits. When the practice session is finished, students present an internship notebook to be assessed by the company’s tutor who writes the assessment report on that period.
Programme and Collaborating companies
At the beginning of the process every company presents an internship proposal to be developed by a student. This proposal varies depending on the company and its department so that it is not necessarily the same every year.