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BI2K - Bitburg to UK
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Nov 30, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The European Vocational Training Centre (Europäisches Berufsbildungswerk) Bitburg is an international institution for the vocational rehabilitation, according to §35 of the German Code of Social Law IX. Young people who have a handicap - which is of a nature or gravity that makes special advancement necessary in order to be able to successfully finish a vocational training – have a legal right to claim a vocational measure in a “Berufsbildungswerk”.The promoting organization of the Euro-BBW is the German Red Cross Rhineland-Palatinate. The Euro-BBW offers vocational orientation and training for ca. 250 young adults with (impending) mental disorder and/or physical disability, from Germany and the neighbouring countries like Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Netherlands.ObjectivesObjectives of the project BI2K are new professional stimuli and concepts by offering work shadowing to staff members. Knowledge of the work culture, labour market and training system of another European country will in turn lead to a quality improvement in training.Other aims are the improvement of intercultural competences, the enhancement of learning motivation and the improvement of English language skills. This should strengthen open-mindedness concerning other cultures and the ability to take the broader view.Within the context of the inclusion debate it is indispensable for staff of a European specialist training institution like the Euro-BBW to be informed about the practice of inclusion as well as inclusive didactical methods in other European countries, in order to be able to make use of the results. Undoubtedly the internationalisation of labour markets more and more requires intercultural competences and foreign language skills. MeasuresIn order to reach these goals, the Euro-BBW wants to allow for its staff members to learn abroad in the framework of the project BI2K.In 2016 and probably also in 2017, the Euro-BBW will send four staff members to the Isle of Wight College, Askham Bryan College and Newton Rigg College for work shadowing.A more intense exchange of good practice with our British partners is planned, too. The isle of Wight College will apply for a similar project to send staff members to the Euro-BBW, and Askham Bryan is planning for an exchange with the Euro-BBW in the near future. The participants will be chosen three months before travelling during an application process in the Euro-BBW, and they will be trained systematically in intercultural matters as well as concerning their language skills. Staff members will be employed in matching areas of the colleges. There will be a cultural program on offer during the whole stay.Expected ResultsThe Euro-BBW mainly expects the following results and effects of the project BI2K:- enhancement of didactical competences - knowledge of corporate procedures on a foreign labour market- practical knowledge of a different, European rehabilitation system- improvement and enlargement of the Euro-BBW’s cooperation network- improvement of intercultural competences - improvement of foreign language skills - enhancement of motivation- enhancement of mobility- enhancement of tolerance concerning foreignness- enhancement of toleranceIn the long run staff members will integrate best-practice approaches from other European countries into their teaching and leisure activities at the Euro-BBW.
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