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Akershus International Mobility for Apprentices and Trainers
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project Akershus International Mobility for Apprentices and Trainers (AIM AT) results from a cooperation between the counties of Akershus and Oslo. It continues the implementation of the long-term international strategy within vocational education and training of the counties of Akershus and Oslo. This strategy aims at fully integrating international mobility as a training method within vocational training in our counties. We believe this policy improves the attractiveness of VET and sustains its quality by introducing innovative training methods and techniques. We believe that offering challenging training opportunities and different training environments might be a motivating factor for apprentices to complete their education and it would strengthen their professional skills. Moreover we aim to promote cultural awareness and promote a reflective approach of society with the hope of a stronger social engagement of the apprentices. The project concerns the placement of 100 apprentices and 8 trainers from our region to 9 other European countries: Austria, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italia, Portugal and Spain. It includes 11 partners that allow us to offer training opportunities in a wide range of professions, our aim being to act on vocational training at large and support individual project initiating from apprentices themselves. Each placement will be of 13 weeks and will include training in company and language courses. We expect the participants to achieve a large degree of independence, develop cultural awareness, develop their ability to work in a foreign environment and least but not last, strengthen the motivation and the professional skills. We expect that the reflection born from this experience would provide better trained skilled workers that would feel equipped to cope with a always more integrated and globalized society. The potential long term benefit would be the improvement of the status and reputation of vocational subjects, increase the recruitment to vocational training and increase the proportion of vocational students who complete and pass their schooling. At least, but not last secure a highly skilled labor force for our region.
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