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"Arbeiten und Lernen in Europa"
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 31 Jul 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

English summary: With Europe becoming more and more of a cultural and economic unity and with globalisation making high demands on the international labour market, qualifications and job requirements changed significantly. Young people do not only need to have expert knowledge but also interdisciplinary skills, as well as proficiency in foreign languages and intercultural skills to be qualified for an international labour market. In addition a work placement in a foreign country strengthens young people’s social skills such as intercultural competence and self-confidence which are necessary for a successful and content professional and private life.Euro Akademie Erfurt prepares their students for a role in the global labour market and provides them with the necessary skills and competences to work in an international, multilingual and multicultural environment. This project therefore follows essential objectives of the strategy Europe 2020 and aims at:• Reducing unemployment by developing key competences to successfully complete a vocational education or higher education programme, • and using an educational concept of multimedia learning as a framework for the development of graduate attributes and employability skills, e.g. creativity, openness, co-operation, intellectual flexibility, analysing skills, learner responsibility or coping with complexity…• to enhance the performance and reinforce the attractiveness of vocational education and training…• and create new opportunities through flexible learning pathways between different education and training sectors and levels.Euro Akademie Erfurt is a member of ESO – Euro-Schulen- Organisation and thus benefits from a network of about 100 institutes, including colleges of further and vocational education, nursery schools and universities of applied sciences and many international partners. It is a long established and officially accredited institution with more than thirty years of expertise in developing vocational education programmes meeting the demands of an international labour market. The combination of vocational and higher education degrees enables students to proceed to bachelor top-up programmes, for example in management or business administration. Within the project, a two-year vocational training and a joint vocational and academic education programme with New College Durham are the basis for individual development and different options to obtain further qualifications or find employment. Work placements during and after the vocational qualification programme help students to develop employability skills, search for professional opportunities, but also support the development of academic key competences and qualify for a bachelor top-up degree. This concept aims at young people who would like to qualify for university through a vocational education programme and obtain a formal qualification as well. Unite school leavers do not have the necessary employability skills to qualify for a vocational training in the German dual system. Though many young people have a university entrance qualification, they do not have the necessary self-confidence and skills to cope with independent and research based learning models. They are afraid not to find a job after a conventional university education that very often does not include any work-based elements. students at Euro Akademie Hannover have a strong and intact multicultural background. They are very interested in foreign languages and would like to use the special interpersonal skills their personal backgrounds give them professionally. This group of young Germans sees a multicultural heritage as an opportunity and has realised that this is an informal qualification many employers and industries look for. They start their careers abroad and usually find good employment in Germany after a period of professional development and orientation.
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