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Assistant in European Trade and Marketing 2015
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The "Berufsbildungszentrum Grevenbroich", a vocational school near Düsseldorf and Colgone offers a one year additional qualification course "Assistant in European Trade and Marketing". This course aims at trainnees in wholesale and foregn trade but is also open to all kinds of commercial trainees, too. In order to reach the qualification the students attend classes in the evenings and on Saturday morning (a total of 240 hours ). There are three subjects (each 80 hours) : English, a second foreign language (French/Spanisch) and International Marketing. A four week internship in a different European country is the final step to reach the qualification. Two participants 2015 are trainees in the plumbing and building supplys wholesale. The other two are beiing trained as office mangers in a bank, which is specialised in car financing. All participants are in their first year of training. After the students have been prepared in language, business, way of life culture of both countries Spain and the group going to Ireland will leave in the middle of June accompanied by the teachers: Petra Vendt (English), Birte Wagner (French/Spanish) and Kathrin Meurer (International Marketing/ Project coordination) who will take part in a learning stay in Dublin. The partcipant in Spain, being an experienced traveller, will start unaccounpanied at the same time. The day the Irish group will start their internship at the Joe Duffy Motor Group in Dublin. There will be a coordination meeting with Maria Brouke , HR manager and project coordinatorr in Ireland. Every participant will be assinged to a staff member of the Joe Duffy Motor Group for their internship. Now the theortical background acquired by the course "Assistant in Eurpean Trade and Marketing" will be filled with life. The students will learn the practical knowledge by the Joe Duffy enterprise which has been elected one of the best managed companies in Ireland 2013 by Deloitte . The students will write a blog about their intership to docment their impressions. Back in Germay they will present their internship in English. They will address the headmaster, their employers, the schoolmates and the local press. The internship in Ireland and in Spain will enhance their selfconciousness, their communication skills and their abilitiy to understand and to adapt to foreign cultures. In the long run the students will more likely start a lifelong learning process. Europe growing together there will be a stronger focus on langauge and intercultural skills acquired abroad , especially in the field of wholesale and foreign trade.
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