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ACCROSS European Learning Partnership 2015-2017
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our project will work with 2 European partners Astar AB, Stockholm, Sweden and Social.og Sunderhedsskolen FYN, Odense C , Denmark. The vocational themes are Hospitality and Catering and Early Years childcare. The project is for 24 months involving 4 groups of students living and working abroad - 2 that will be sent to Sweden and another 2 that will be sent to Denmark. Each of the placements abroad will be for 4 weeks for groups of 10 - 12 students and will include a mixture of work experience, master classes, work related visits and cultural and social activities. The 4 week period gives our students enough time for initial settling in, meaningful work experience, application of language skills, development of new skills and knowledge from the relevant vocational area, and development of social and professional networks. It is a sufficient amount of time for our young people to develop their capabilities and self confidence for our students that may never have been abroad before. Our Erasmus+ project will have a preparation programme to support students and accompanying staff, including basic language, cultural awareness, relevant work practices (including health and safety) and matching to employers for work experience. Our project will have the following benefits for our participants: Greatly improved learning performance - motivation, self confidence. an understanding of a European dimension to learning and work. Enhanced employability and improved career prospects - unique work experience, skills and knowledge application in a challenging environment, further development of new social and professional networks in Europe. Increase in self confidence - living and working abroad, learning a new language and culture, learning and applying new skills and knowledge. Increased awareness of opportunities available in Europe and how the EU supports young people to develop their skills needed to work across borders in Europe. Increased motivation for progressing into future education and training. For our college the project will have the following impact: Increased capacity to operate at a European level - develop partnerships, secure funding and resources, share knowledge and good practice. Greater cooperation with international partners- increase number of partners and projects with a European/International dimension. Increase in effectiveness of systems, procedures and competences for managing international projects - project management skills, partnership development and networking, student and staff preparation, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
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