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A different kettle of fish
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

A different Kettle of Fish as the name implies is a project which will try to offer an alternative, a different way of thinking and an alternative way for students to undertake a vocational work experience. A different kettle of fish is co-ordinated by Everything is Possible and includes three UK VET training partners, Askham Bryan College (one of the leading land-based colleges in the UK and the largest provider of specialist land-based further education in England) Kirklees College, (one of the biggest colleges in the country offering landbased and animal care courses at their dedicated Taylor Hill centre) and Pro-Co NW (a Wigan based training provider offering opportunities in animal care amongst other fields through study programmes, apprenticeships and work based learning). All partners have co-operated on a previous mobility project and will now undertake this two year project offering placements to staff and learners in the field of animal care and veterinary studies. The National Cat Society and Mediteraneo Marine Park are based in Malta and The Donkey Sanctuary and Contreras Veterinary Services are located in Aruba. Each of the placements can host alone or in co-operation with the other partner on their island, both countries are small and partners projects are located in close proximity. Trainees experiences will be determined by the course they are studying in the UK and their interest for professional and personal development. Eighteen strategic, management and teaching staff will have the opportunity to undertake job shadowing and training assignments in Malta or Aruba, where they will work within the host projects and also experience visits to other animal collections on the islands, to inspire them, help them develop new knowledge about the native animals of these countries, experience working hands on with them and also visit other animal collections. 66 trainees will be mobilised in small groups supported by 24 accompanying staff and 18 staff on job shadow and training assignments. A different kettle of fish contributes to the international plan of all the UK organisations and offers international partners opportunities to internationalise their organisations. All partners are committed to reciprocity and further co-operation in the future. We have already begun to look at the possibility of a strategic partnership application in another deadline. The significant results anticipated through this project are, increased co-operation between UK land based and animal care colleges, increased awareness of UK staff and learners of animal care and veterinary practices in wider Europe, exposure to exotic animals in their natural habitat for UK learners with fewer opportunities, and the possibility to increase confidence, life and work experience and employability skills in UK learners in addition to the wealth of animal care knowledge and experience which will be shared amongst trainees and staff alike. It is anticipated that this project will contribute towards new and improved teaching methods and raised awareness within the colleges and training providers and an increase in knowledge in the Erasmus+ programme to partners in the UK, Aruba and Malta.
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