History of Klaipėda Construction School
The history of Klaipėda Construction School started 46 years ago. In the school chronicle there is the following record: “Klaipėda 41st Secondary Vocational Technical School was established in 1969”. With such a name the school then started its life. The first principle Vaclovas Normantas headed it till 1982.
From 1982 to 1984 the school was headed by Stanislovas Jonušis. The Klaipėda 5th Vocational Technical School name was given to the school in 1988.
Principle Klaus Grudzinskas headed the school from 1984 to 2007. In 1990 the school was given a new name. It became Klaipėda Construction School.
From 2007 to 2016 the school was headed by principle Steponas Rimkus. It provided secondary and vocational education corresponding to the requirements imposed on a chosen modern vocational sphere of activity, prepared high qualification professionals able to integrate into Lithuanian and foreign labour market as well. School community constantly improved their teaching programmes, provided up-to-date knowledge and good vocational skills, and prepared high qualification professionals able to integrate into Lithuanian and foreign labour market. During the whole period of its existence more than 9000 specialists graduated from the school.
Centre endeavoured to become an equivalent part of lifelong learning system while developing vocational training. Teaching programmes were dedicated to people of various age and people having various education. The school provided 10 formal vocational training programmes: joiner, frame house producer and mounter, furniture maker, decorator (builder), building restorer, building materials sales assistant, high-rise building mounter, construction business service provider, secretary, computer hardware adjuster, and office worker. Specialists having acquired the qualification and graduated from the school had an opportunity to continue their studies at Lithuanian higher education institutions under university and college study programmes. The school developed a tight collaboration scheme with Lithuania Business University of Applied Sciences and Klaipėda State University of Applied Sciences.
The School also had strong social partners, such as: UAB “Doka Lithuania”, UAB “Klaipėdos apdaila”, UAB “Gitana”, UAB “Klaipėdos baldai”, UAB “Mida”, AB “Wienerberger”, UAB “Eternit Baltic” etc. In these companies the students were able to perform their practise and get employment after graduation.
School community also improved themselves in their professional sphere by participation in the international PHARE, BPD 1.5 and 2.4, Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Baltic Sea projects. During the implementation of the projects workshop equipment was renewed, computer classes were installed, practical training facilities erected. Every year teachers and students had an opportunity to train during the visits to foreign countries such as Germany, Scotland, Sweden, Turkey and other.
The beginning of the history of incorporation of Klaipėda Construction School to Public Organisation Klaipėda Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Centre
Klaipėda Construction School was incorporated to Klaipėda Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Centre according to the order No V-555 “Regarding the reorganization of Klaipėda Construction School” in 20th June 2016 by The Ministry of Education and Science. A consolidated centre started its activity from the 1st September 2016.
Since 20th December 2016 the centre was given a new name, it is Klaipėda Vocational Training Centre of Ernestas Galvanauskas. The Centre provides initial, continuing vocational training, vocational rehabilitation, driver training and non-formal adult education. International and other projects are implemented, active participation in international, national, regional or city competitions, exhibitions, fairs. Volunteering is being developed in the Centre and it is an active part of Klaipeda city community.
During the time of existence of both institutions a strong training base was created, wide personnel of teachers formed, great collaboration experience was acquired, and the spectrum of training services grew. Vocational training programmes that are performed cover such spheres as art, business and administration, computing, engineering and engineering professions, production and processing, architecture and construction, social services, services to persons, transport services and security services.
The quality of training in the Centre is determined by material and technical conditions, which are constantly improved considering the updating of teaching content and the improvement of working conditions of the employees. New directions of activity and new opportunities are constantly being searched and innovations are implemented in order to position itself in the competitive environment.
History of Klaipėda Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Centre
Adult vocational training at Klaipėda Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Centre is provided since 1st February 1972. This date marks the reorganization of Klaipėda branch of Vilnius Auto Transport Training Centre into an independent Klaipėda Auto School (Alyvų 10 A, Klaipėda), which was headed by Stanislovas Kekys till 1991.
The name of Klaipėda Auto School has been changed to Auto Transport Training Centre in 1st January 1981.
This name was changed to Klaipeda Training Combine of the Production Association of Auto Transport Companies in 1st November 1988 and this last one has been changed to the Klaipėda National Auto Transport Training Centre in March 1991.
Birutė Dirmotienė headed the Training Centre from 1991 till 2015.
In 1992 Lithuanian Labour Market Training and Consulting Authority under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour became the founder of the centre. Sales Employee Training Centre was attached to Auto Transport Training Centre. Drastic changes were made while instilling the training of sales profile.
The Adult Vocational Training and Counseling Service under the Ministry of Social Security and Labor by order No.16AD changed the Klaipėda National Auto Transport Training Centre name to Klaipėda National Vocational Training Centre in 19th February 1993.
A new working stage began in 1993. It was developing bonds with foreign training institutions. Participation in local as well as international projects provided an opportunity to position itself in the market. Former Auto Transport Training Centre was reorganized into a multi-profile Labour Market Training Centre. Training service spectrum was started to expand and improve, lots of equipment necessary for training was acquired, active collaboration with private companies, business organisations, Klaipeda University, non-governmental and disability organisations was started. The main sphere of activity was adult vocational training under the training programmes of sales and business administration, information technology, food preparation and processing, handicraft and services, labour safety and ecology.
By the order No. 72-1AD of the Adult Vocational Training and Counseling Service the Klaipėda National Vocational Training Centre was reorganized into Special Purpose Private Limited Liability Company Klaipėda Labor Market Training Centre in 6th June 1995.
SP PLLC Klaipėda Labor Market Training Centre was re-registered into PLLC Klaipėda Labor Market Training Centre in 17th July 2003.
By order No. V (1)-133 (13.10.2004) of the Lithuanian Labor Market Training Service the PLLC Klaipėda Labor Market Training Centre was reorganized into the Public Organisation Klaipeda Labor Market Training Centre in 1st December 2004.
A lot of attention was given to the integration of the disabled into the labour market. In 2011 after the implementation of the project “Development of vocational infrastructure for disabled persons in the Western Lithuania Region”, Vocational Rehabilitation Department of Disabled Persons was established (Lelijų g. 5, Klaipėda), where vocational rehabilitation is performed for people with disabilities since May of 2012. In order to use the premises more effectively and to provide the better learning accessability conditions for people with disability initial vocational training services under the training programmes of masseur, hotel worker and florist were started to provide in 2012.
The name of the Centre was the Public Organisation Klaipėda Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Centre since 2013.
Ph.D. Dalia Martišauskienė headed the training centre from 2015 till now.
Continuous vocational training at the Centre is performed constantly and sustained. The training process is organized according to the needs of the labor market.
Training centre was the only one in the whole Region of Western Lithuania that prepared drivers of all categories. This sphere of activity remains one of the most important since the foundation of the institution till present. Transport, warehousing and communications sectoral practical training centre (Klaipėdiškių str. 2, Ketvergiai, Dovilų eldership, Klaipėdos district) was established in order to successfully develop initial, additional, dangerous cargo transportation and periodical driver training corresponding to the requirements of European Union directives and legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania in April 2015, after the implementation of the main goal of the project “Establishment of the Transport, Warehousing and Communications Sectoral Practical Training Centre”, where logistics specialists, warehouse staff, warehouse loader drivers can acquire new competences.