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Dansk/skotsk samarbejde for at udvikle Kontor, handel og forretningsservice (tidligere EUD Merkantil (hg)) studerendes mulighed for at få arbejde i udlandet og for at forbedre deres sproglige samt kulturelle viden 6.
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In the course of a four week week period of study at City of Glasgow College 20 business school students who have finished sixth form college prior to their admittance (HGS) from the three business schools Erhvervsskolerne Aars, EUC Nord and Tradium Mariagerfjord will have the opportunity to establish contacts within the Scottish business sector and thus enhance the opportunity of getting a traineeship abroad (PIU). This will be possible by visiting companies and by company supported teaching (alternative traineeship). Furthermore, the students will be taught other subjects aiming at improving their language and cultural skills. The reason for this period of study is that we know from experience that Danish business school students seldom apply for international jobs as they lack international skills. The lack of such skills makes it hard for them to find future jobs, and these are skills that the Ministry of Education has pointed out as being of great importance. Internationalization is part of the competence goals by which the students are assessed. This is therefore an approved part of the Danish education and does not prolong the students’ education. Furthermore, it is important that internationalization is emphasized so that the students will be able to cope with international study environments. In the course the students will receive an understanding of what it takes to live in another culture, furthermore they will get a good grasp of the Scottish business sector and the Scottish educational system through the subjects they are taught, company visits and the company supported teaching. This course is targeted at the HGS students. Thus the students must have a minimum age of 18 years, and they will be expected to be independent. The importance of making the students feel comfortable will not be neglected, but the main focus will be on vocational training so that their international skills will be strengthened. Furthermore, the students must start writing a report which must be completed upon arrival home. This report will document their knowledge and skills acquired during the period of study. Apart from further strengthening the students’ commercial skills, the purpose this periode of study is: o To increase the awareness of the students’ own language and culture, and by working with other national cultures the students will acquire an increased understanding of these being very different from their own although they are geographically rather close to Denmark. o To increase an awareness of what other cultures have to offer us o To increase an awareness of equality across national borders o To further strengthen the students’ international and intercultural skills o To increase the students’ mobility As we have implemented ECVET, the students will receive a learning agreement prior to the period of study with detailed information on which competence goals they will be expected to acquire during the period of study. Using Memorandum of Understanding and Learning Agreement the schools make sure, that the responsibility for the various parts the project before, during and after regarding everything from among others information and selection, travel and accommodation, assessment and documentation to validation and recognition is placed. This project is an important part of marketing for the three Danish schools in order to attract more and better students. Through previous projects we have documented that our students are very interested in participating in periods of study abroad, and therefore we know that the number of students mentioned in this application is realistic.
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