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BZM Berufsausbildung mit Auslandspraktika UK & ES 2016
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Following the model of our past LEONARDO DA VINCI-/ERASMUS+ funded mobility projects we wish to continue offering our full-time students in initial vocational education and training as “Staatlich Anerkannte Kaufmännische Assistenten/innen” (specializing in foreign languages or IT) the opportunity to take up a three-week work placement in England or Spain. The work placement will be recognized as a mandatory internship within the curriculum of their school-based vocational training. As school-based trainees they have an increased need for practical training. All participants individually write a work placement report in English or Spanish respectively and a report on their overall experiences and learning outcomes after returning home (in German language). These reports are then used for documentation and evaluation purposes. All participants receive the EUROPASS Certificate (Mobility), Language and Work Placement Certificates. The internships are scheduled for autumn 2016 – two groups of 15 participants travelling to London or Málaga respectively (altogether 30 participants). a. Our trainees specializing in IT or Foreign Languages will have the opportunity to take part in a one-week language course and a two-week full-time work placement in London, England. They are placed in business-, administration- or IT-related positions mostly within small- and medium-sized companies (SME). Within their two-year vocational training course English is obligatory and a subject of examination. English is also the common technical language in IT and therefore of great importance and a key for lifelong learning within their field of specialization. In London the participants will get the chance to improve their practical skills as well as their English skills thus covering several subject areas at the same time. The receiving organization is TWIN (TWIN Group, London, UK). TWIN is providing English language courses and is responsible for the allocation of work placements as well as for the accommodation of our participants in local host families. b. Our trainees specializing in foreign languages will be given the chance to go to Málaga, Spain, for a work placement and intensive language training. For these students Spanish is obligatory and a subject of examination within their two-years of vocational training in Germany. They usually do not have any Spanish language skills when they beginn their vocational training therefore we have chosen to supplement the work placement in Spain by an intensive Spanish language training. The work placements (mostly in local SMEs) are selected by our Spanish partner Malaca Instituto taking into account the limited Spanish language skills of our participants. Malaca Instituto also provides the Spanish courses and offers accommodation on campus. In addition to the EUROPASS Mobility all participants receive Work Placement and Language Certificate – documenting their acquired skills according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. All participants are selected by BZM and in addition to language training they take part in a compulsory preparatory (intercultural) seminar which is tailored to the specific needs of the target group and to the target country. During their stay in London and Málaga the trainees are supervised and looked after by an accompanying teacher from BZM (preferably one of their specialist subject teachers). For the first time and as a supporting measure in line with our school's Internationalization strategy we will offer our VET staff the opportunity to take part in an training programme abroad (tailored to their individual training needs).

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