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Avenir pro et européen
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Every year, our vocational school trains 430 students to a variety of jobs: Electrotechnics, Maintenance of Industrial Equipment, Personal Caring, Administrative Management, Security and Business. In 2012-2013 we carried out a first (Leonardo) professional mobility project in Denmark. This project allowed us to mobilize our forces and achieve our wish to open our school to Europe. The new dynamics enabled us to open a European section in the Business department in September 2014. During thes 3-year training and through our new student-mobility project, our vocational school will be able to strengthen its dynamic image and distinguish itself from the other schools via our specific international training. Thus, our European gain would attract motivated pupils eager to train for a job. Today, we are training the first European section and are setting up an Erasmus+ mobility project for these pupils. The mobility will take place in the beginning of 2017. 10 students in our European section in business are concerned, they are preparing a three-year high school vocational diploma. The average age will be 19 years old at the time of the professional mobility. The majority of these students suffer from a low self-esteem and a lack of confidence because of their personal and/or educational background. Over three training years, the European section students will do extra training courses: business in English, Standard English and European knowledge. They have to do a 5-week work placement in a European country and take a specific exam to get the European section mention on their diploma. So, they would increase their access to higher education, better their post-diploma results and improve their integration in the job market. In other words, we would ensure them a better future. We also have as a main aim the sustainability of our European section by training a larger number of our staff members. In September 2015, a second section will be welcomed, and then a third one in September 2016. In our strategy for our staff members, we bet on the internal and outside training, and the “learning by doing” theory. We will make sure that the unexperienced persons always work with the experienced ones in the European project. This would level everybody up and let us set new teams who will be able to do the training and sending abroad of our other European sections to come. Regarding our European partnership, we made the choice to work with two partners that we already knew in two different countries: a Finnish vocational high school and an Irish service provider. Their different attractive features will allow us to put our students respecting their different level in English, autonomy and maturity. We plan to give a strengthened training to our students in France within two years and a half before going abroad: 252 hours in addition to the usual courses, with the aim of helping them to live their work placement abroad in good conditions, and to succeed the exam of the European section distinction. The mobilities will take place this way: first, in parallel, two members of our staff will go with the group of students in Ireland and two others will go with the group of students in Finland. They will stay with them to give them confidence and allow them to adapt progressively. In Finland, the first week, the students will attend class in the vocational high school in Jyväskylä. Then, the weeks 2, 3 and 4 the pupils will be under the responsibility of our partners who will make sure that the work placement goes well. On line and by phone, a follow-up from France will be ensured by members of our team. The last week, two teachers of the business section will go to Finland and two others in Ireland to do the final evaluation of the work placements and do the Europass certificates. Finally they will go back with the students to France. Shortly afterwards, our school team will work with the students for 3 days to do a report on their professional and personal experiences and organize the evening event about the mobilities. We will pay particular attention to the external communication of our project, through the written press, the regional education office, an evening event and a leaflet on our school. In the long-term, we consider asking the “European high school” label. Then, with a 6-year experience, we will put together an “educational preparation guide to mobility” and distribute it to the teachers in the educational training centers. To conclude, we plan this long-term mobility project as a unifying and formative project.
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