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Auslandspraktika HAK/HAS Amstetten
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The HAK/HAS Amstetten is a commercial college with a strong focus on making sure its students are perfectly prepared for the future challenges in a globalized living and working environment. Like many other schools across Europe, the HAK/HAS Amstetten has realized the fact that both the present and future job market presents the workforce with a diversified qualification profile and forces successful employees to develop multiple competences both on a professional and personal level.As a result, the school set the goal to offer its students work placements all over Europe to make sure they have ample opportunity to acquire professional and language skills necessary to compete in Europe´s future job market. Unfortunately, many of our students do not have sufficient financial resources to organize work placements in foreign countries themselves. Therefore, subsidies like the ones provided by the Erasmus project provide our students with the chance to not only gain experience in working abroad but also to further develop their skills. The main goal of this project is the development of professional competences in the areas of business administration and information technology among its participants and other students of the HAK/HAS Amstetten. Furthermore it is important to make sure the participants increase their social and language skills while also improving their intercultural competence, helping each participant to improve their chances on Europe´s job market. Reinforcing transnational cooperation among the partner institutions and organizations is also in the center of attention of this project.As the main focus is on guaranteeing the professional development of the participants, choosing the right students was an important aspect of the initial stage of the project. Choosing students with sufficient professional and language skills to guarantee the performance necessary at an international company was regarded as an important aspect of the recruiting process. Without sufficient skills to begin with, further development of the skills at the work placement cannot be guaranteed. Nevertheless, another goal was not to exclude any student from the chance to apply for a spot on the project. Finally, 19 students were chosen to participate in the actual work placements in both London and Madrid.These 19 students attend a seminar in the HAK/HAS Amstetten, which is designed to prepare them for both the new living and working environments in London and Madrid. The partner organizations are highly involved in planning and organizing the seminar as well as other necessary tasks. Learning agreements between the participants and the partner companies guarantee a strong focus on developing professional skills in the areas of business administration and information technology throughout the project. As soon as the participants arrive in either London or Madrid, every student will have both double monitoring and also a personal tutor throughout the work placement period. At the end of the program a final report will be produced and a feedback session will guarantee sustainable development among all involved students and organizations. The HAK/HAS Amstetten wants to make sure that this project has a sustainable impact on all participants, institutions and partner organizations as well as target groups of the project. The exchange of good-practice in European level among all participants and the promotion of the results within the school, close partner organizations and the media will make sure the project has a lasting impact on both the participants and all the involved institutions. Consequently, Europe´s economic development and competitiveness as well as future successful working migration within EU states will highly benefit from this project.
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