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Apprentices Across Europe
Start date: Jun 1, 2014, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The International Service Office (IS) is a part of the vocational education authorities in the Oppland and Hedmark County Council administrations. IS' mandate is to give apprentices from the region an international experience included a placement in a relevant workplace. Therefore IS applies for Erasmus+ mobility financing during the period 2014-2016. IS has included nine cooperating partners in this application, and plans to organize placements for 60 apprentices and visits for 25 following persons. The placement period for each apprentice is 14 weeks, which gives them right to students' grant in Statens Lånekasse. This money covers all private cost, whereas the Erasmus+ covers accomodation, language course, insurance, travel cost and follow-up. The following persons will stay for three or four days, and have their travel and hotel cost covered. IS has worked with the receiving partners for years, which ensures the quality of the cooperation and the benefit for the apprentices. Probably our apprentices have a higher than average competence in the respective professions at this level, because they are in the middle of their vocational education. Anyway, many companies take our apprentices again and again, which hopefully is because of good experience with them. Follow-up is done in close cooperation with the partners, and follows a concept which we have been improving over years. The results of the project are seen to be in accordance with the internationalisation policy objectives in the region. I we succeed, the apprentices will obtain a substantial international experience, and will bring a strenghtened professional and personal competence back to the region. Other impacts are increased tendency to apply for work abroad, better contact between Norwegian and foreign companies, and a more international attitude in the companies in the region.

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