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Achieving Success in Education Employment & Training
Start date: 22 May 2015, End date: 21 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Context / Background: Youth exchange for young people not in education employment or training (NEET)aged 16-24 from France, Germany and Wales, selected through existing partners in each country. The Welsh Exchange enabled young people to learn and experience local offers to NEET young people, developed their skills, confidence and self esteem through activties. Young participants were able to make comparisons and contrast to their home coastal towns regarding employment education and training opportunities. It is envisaged the exchange will allow progression into education employment or training, & increased soft skills. Objectives: That young people Not in Education Employment or Training (NEET) had the opportunity to experience international cultural exchange; Young people were able to fully participate in an educational learning experience and develop competencies, skills and confidence in a wide range of areas; Young people developed confidence to enable them to progress into education employment or training after the exchange programme; Young people were able to build communication skills and language and share experiences with French & German counterparts; Young people were able to compare and contrast working conditions between their home countries and Wales in terms of mobility vocational orientation, jobs on the coast in respect of all three partners countries. Number of participants: In total there were 30 participants and 8 leaders from all three countries. There were two leaders from France and Germany and four leaders from Wales. The reason for the extra leader from Wales was to provide additional support to one of the participants with obesity issues. The young person required assistance and mentoring as she was unable to take part in physical activities which brought about some level of self-consciousness. The young participants were (NEET), and from backgrounds with fewer opportunities. There was a mixed gender balance. Description of Activities: Each evening had an evaluation session , WAT group -What about Today to gauge feelings and gather feedback from the day. Day 1 participants arrived, Icebreakers planned to get to know each other, tour of facilities through group activity; and a film of the local area; my Secret Friend activity, Personal Portraits, House Rules, Linguistic Animation – French/German Group (45mins) Day 2 comprised of communication animation essentially setting language commonalities through icebreakers and activities, getting to know each other. Team building of mixed nationality groups.WAT Group and German Cultural Evening Day 3 an expert in relationships and Sex was brought in to enable participants to develop healthy relationships with their peers in work & social setting . It was followed by team building & developing communication through outdoor learning activities, whereby young people were put into 3 mixed nationality groups to do archery, and gorge walking to build team relationships, confidence and self esteem and communication. The evening was hosted by the French offering a French Cultural Evening Day 4 A cultural learning experience, young people visited the welsh open air, history museum, museum of Life, to learn about Welsh culture and history. They met local politicians at Cardiff Bay Synedd to learn about local political culture. The evening a group swim was arranged for eveyone to mix and reflect on the week. Day 5 involved motivational speakers from UNA Exchange who presented opportunities to engage further with Erasmus+ through EVS., and a media case study, to inspire and motivate young people to raise expectations and attainment, and positive thinking about their future.Then further Physical activities later in the day. Day 6, participants were visited by a local education employment & training provider and learn about the different programmes offered to young people who are not suitable to mainstream education class room setting. Methodology used: Meeting between professionals, group work, and workshops with young people, encouraging discussions between young people, and opinions. Engagement through games and team building, to build a bond between all participants, and strengthen relationships. Results/Impact: We envisage that the exchange will impact on knowledge and best practice shared, to enable young people to progress into Education Employment or Training (NEET) in their home countries, we are especially keen to see if they have gained sustainable employment, and sharing positive case studies with partners for best practice. We will keep in contact and monitor any progress made by our international partners, and strengthen relationships for future work. Project upon completion:- All partners participated in the programme as planned, and took part in host countries France, Germany and Wales. All objectives were met and intercultural dialogue took place throughout the week. Young people learnt to communicate
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