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Apprentis et professionnels de la formation vivent une expérience professionnelle, linguistique et culturelle en Europe
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The consortium of the MFR Rhône-Alpes involved in the programme Erasmus + 2015 is composed of thirteen branches of Regional Training Centres for apprentices. This is in keeping with two types of action aimed at apprentices and teaching and training professionals. We, the promoter, encouraged the branches to take up the challenge of mobility. Once the programme launched, the Regional Training Centre is the link between the agency and the different branches. To ensure the success of the project, three official representatives have been appointed to guide the branches in the preparation and follow-up of their actions. The branches that chose to join realise that it is difficult to envisage a professional future for the youth and the adults without thinking of mobility, and social integration or an opening to the world. Consequently, our proposition aims to improve the CVs of apprentices, and to ensure a better employability, in France and abroad. The realisation of this general objective will become possible with the development of key competences such as communication (in a foreign language), adaptability, taking initiatives…For the teaching and training professionals, the aim will be to find out about other teaching methods, a different economy and cultural environment, and to experience, like our apprentices, European mobility. In this programme, 120 apprentices and 43 professionals are applying for mobility. The youths are studying on courses such as professional landscape gardening, horticulture, management and administration, sales and retail, reception and security…The majority are male between 16 and 23, and who live in rural or suburban areas. Most have travelled, but only with school trips or their family. The students are on a course level IV (BTEC National or BTEC First), and in apprenticeships. The 43 professionals are either teacher-trainers in general or vocational subjects, and as the objective of the project is to learn about teaching and learning practices, in both cultural and professional areas in foreign countries, or, employers and apprentice mentors who are involved in actively animating the branches involved. The participants will be prepared in order to overcome any apprehension they may have and to benefit fully from the experience. Therefore, the branches have planned activities to suit the groups: questionnaires to prepare for their work placement reports, research on the country to ensure a better cultural understanding and additional language courses. The objective of the language lessons is to start the process of the students immersing themselves in their chosen destination by organising activities on everyday- life themes, to learn more vocabulary so that the groups will be independent. Abroad, the groups will be able to enjoy the National Heritage of the country during the weekends. On the work placement, the apprentices will gain experience for their practical training by studying the working environment of their company, by learning the procedures, methods, and resources used. On their return, the results of the mobility will be evaluated by each branch. They have planned to put into place assessment tools, surveys/questionnaires and work experience reports. The consortium will organise oral feedback and an assessment project for each branch. The mobility will be shared amongst the different branches and their areas. We believe the impact of the mobility will help in the success of the students for their exams, with a better motivation for their training, and better results in languages. We have seen this in recent years. In the long term, this will help successful professional integration, and for a better social integration. However, we are aware that these impacts can be difficult to assess as it is not easy to say what it takes to achieve one’s life goals. As far as professionals are concerned, we would like for the teaching teams to use other European practical experiences in order to innovate in the classroom. It is also known that the branches benefit from a very positive image and better student enrolments should they give the opportunity of this work experience abroad to their apprentices. Above all, by opening our courses to a European dimension, we will enable our apprentices to adapt to the changes found in the world of work. That way, we will provide better quality courses for the students and for the companies. We encourage our branches to join the mobility programme, which is one of the priorities in our associations’ projects, in order to develop our actions and continue them in the future.
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