Budapesti Gépészeti Szakképzési Centrum Szily Kálmán Műszaki Szakgimnáziuma, Szakközépiskolája és Kollégiuma is situated in 9th district of the Hungarian capital. It is one of the biggest vocational schools of Budapest with 1050 students, only ten percent of whom are girls, and about 110 teachers.
There are two sites of the instituion, the main building is situated in Timót street, the other one for printing trade is in Tolnai Lajos street in the 8th district, the main heart of Budapest. We have a students’ hostel (dormitory) where we can house two hundred students. We have a very well equipped gym with a climbing wall and in the yard a full size football pitch. We have internet access and WIFI and about 250 computers for students.
The objectives of the school are to teach students a trade and prepare for final examination.
In our school we have three ways to learn trades.
1. After primary school (8 classes) they can choose from several technical professions. In this way students will learn for 3 years, after the final examination they will get a “skilled worker record card”.
2. After primary school they can learn for additional four years. After this course they can finish with a matura exam. During the four years they can learn different professions.
3. If the applicants already have a general certificate of secondary education, they also have opportunity to learn trade knowledge. We have a 2 year technician training. After the final exam, they get a technician qualification.
In fundamental training the students have professional practice at our very modern and new study yard. The study workshop, which was renovated and equipped with the most modern machines and tools, within a framework of EU project tender four years ago, now it has a capacity for 200 people.
Students with an outstanding performance can do the profession practice at our partners firms.
Drainage system-, and public utility fitter
Cooling system and ventilating fitter
Central heatings-, and gas-main fitter
PC mechanic-, repairman
Technician in mechanical engineering
Technician in building engineering
Reticulation builder in Info Communication
Besides teaching we try to help our students, especially the disadvantaged ones to develop their social, cultural, creativity, skills, to gain more self-confidence, and develop their personality as European citizens.
Our Comenius partnership involved seven schools from very different European countries regarding culture, language and background: Finland, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania and Turkey, which have set as general objectives to discover European values and the European cultural heritage by promoting the national mythology of these countries illustrated in the folk and cult literature, visual arts, performing arts and traditions and to reinforce the idea of active citizenship and responsibility. Recently our school is involved in three Erasmus+ strategic partnerships. One of them is based on the cultural differences in Europe, emphasizing the values of these. The two other KA2 projects are connected to the professional profile of the school. Both students and professional teachers are participating in these projects in the area of robotics and building engineering. According to the activities of the project ROBOTICS ON, the students have to create their own robots as one of the intellectual outputs of the project. Establishing the ROBOTICS CLUB they will have the possibility to exchange their experiences and gather new ones during the mobilities. In the project CoCo+ the main intellectual output will be a Guidance book including the methodology which will be completed from collecting partner´s material, knowledges, experience and best practice during the activities in the project. With these projects, we want to prepare our young learners for the future of the labor market and develop their knowledge of important and current position in the regional market. The strategic project is to make them aware of the economic and social reality in different ways and prepare them for working life they expect. One of the main goals of KA1 project was to develop our vocational training on the area of building engineering concerning this field. We wanted our students to acquire and get acquainted with the most advanced solutions in the framework of a 3-week-internship abroad, strengthening the professional profile of the building engineering in our institution. The mobilities were organized in Barcelos, Portugal and in Poland, Radom. Thanks to this fact, our students were able to gain professional experiences and be familiar with the latest technologies in the field of solar energy in two different regions of Europe
We have contact on a regular basis with the child welfare workers, who know about the students’ family background and problems, and are responsible for those who are state cared. We treat all students equally and give equal chances to everyone to learn and practice, and have a special attention towards the disadvantaged students. We facilitate studying by tutoring and having extra lessons, and we organize school competitions in different subjects, and also cultural and sport activities. Our students take part in national and international trade competitions, we organise visits to factories and companies in order to get more learning and working experience. They have the chance to do “live” practical training at different companies, get to know more about the world of the work. All the trades we teach in our school are much in demand on the market, so those who get the qualifications have the chance to get work. We also help them in finding places of work. Some of our ex-graduates are now business partners and they are devoted to their alma-mater and willing to help the young generation.