Craponne Beyond Borders
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2016
Vocational School Adam de Craponne has been involved since 2012 in the implementation of mobilities abroad with the help of European funding programmes (Leonardo, Mobilité Bac Pro, Alcotra, Erasmus+) and out of its own funds. The international openness has always represented one of the main aspects of the school project, federating the staff around it and enabling as many students as possible to benefit from them.
In 2012, only 2 vocational fields were concerned: Retail, Reception and Customer Services with 1 destination (England) and 8 students.
Since then, the numbers have steadily increased: 7 fields and 5 destinations: Exeter (GB), Alba and Aosta (Italy), Graz (Austria), Seville (Spain). 103 students have done an internship abroad so far.
Our partners are vocational schools found through the EREIT-VET network (Alba and Graz), service providers (Exeter, Seville), Alliance Française (Aosta).
Students in vocational schools in France spend 22 weeks on work placement during their 3-year course. They spent their last 4 weeks in foreign companies. The internships have been assessed at the end and will count for the final exam. (Vocational secondary school diploma).
This year that's 47 students, a mix of 21 boys and 26 girls, between 17 and 19.
The participants are in their final school year and come from different professional fields :
Commerce: Exeter 6, Seville 2
Customer Services and Reception:
Elderly and Child Care: Exeter 4, Aosta 1
Administration: Aosta 4, Seville 7
Machining: Alba 6
Electro-technics: Graz 9
Boiler making : Aoste 2
for the students:
Spending 4 weeks in a company to develop professional and linguistic skills
Developing autonomy and adaptation at work and in the every day life
Getting more aware of the necessity to accept to move abroad as nowadays more and more people find a job in another European country.
Graduating with better results
for the school:
Making the European project one of the main priorities, involving all students from their 1st year
Decrease school drop outs
The placements took place : from 22/02/16 to 18/03/16
The steering group met weekly to organise activities and assign tasks to the teachers involved : communication with partners, information to students and their parents, selection then weekly preparation ot the participants (academic, linguistic,cultural, personal assistance), completion of the Europass Cvs and portfolios, trip and lodging organisation (students and teachers), use of ECAS, internal and external dissemination, organisation of oral tests (Europro and Unité Facultative de Mobilité counting towards the final diploma)
achievement and assessment
The professional tasks performed in the companies met the official requirements. Thanks to collaborative work of all the partners, each placement was chosen according to the students' Cvs and the tasks proposed in the firms. The trainees performed tasks related to their vocational field. It enabled them to develop and acquire professional skills, compare different occupational environments and work methods and fit in them. Thanks to the experience acquired previously, they could rapidily carry out duties in autonomy.
The teachers proceeded to the assessments at the end of the placements with the tutors.
Results and achieved impacts
Better school results and obtaining of the diploma (100% of graduation expected like the past 4 years)
Unité Facultative de Mobilité: 47 students scored above average
Europro certifications: 40
Oral tests in foreign languages above average : English 40 out of 47 students
Spanish 15 out of 16
Italian 4 out of 5
Intention to continue their studies in higher education (35% of graduates will continue in higher education)
Europe awareness more developed (measured during oral presentations)
for the participants:
Professional skills enhanced, sharing and transfer of professional skills all their life.
Professional experience approved by Europass and Europro certificates, which will give them more job opportunities in France as well as in other European countries
Learning of the managing of everyday life
Discovering of new culture
for the school:
Consolidation of our partnerships
More attractive in school training and less school drop outs
for the French and foreign companies:
benefit from each savoir-faire
Get Access to the 1st Network for European Cooperation