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Developing Skills and Competences in the European Labour Market
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our school, BBS am Museumsdorf in Cloppenburg offers full-time and part-time courses for approximately 3000 students. These learners either take part in the German Dual System of training on the job in a company and gaining background knowledge at a vocational school or they are full time students. Many of the companies have contact to suppliers or customers in Europe or even in the whole world. The need of well trained skilled employees is especially high in the rural district of Cloppenburg with its high number of medium sized companies operating worldwide. That`s why our institution as a regional centre of competences is aware of its responsibility in terms of offering the opportunity ot gain international experiences for the learners and also teachers. Our school therefore offers different additional qualifications requiring a work placement abroad for at least three weeks. These additional qualifications are called ""and "Agent for international business". These modular shaped qualifications can only seldomly be found in the vocational education system in Germany. We also intend to extend the international relations to the department of health which explains the involvement of the care attendants in this application. Our general goals focus on the development of different skills and competence of our students which will be explained in detail in the following: The students involved will benefit from the word placements abroad in various ways. On the one hand they will experience a broadening of their job related professional competences. The knowledge the learners gained during their traineeship can be enlarged abroad. A comparison between these professional competences with the knowledge they gained in their company in Germany is one important goal of our activities. This is not only true for the commercial apprentices, but also for the care attendants. A second important goal is the advancement of the methodological competences of our learners. The trainees will have to deal with various organisational matters abroad. They will have to go shopping or organise their free time activities, for example. They`ll also take part in organising the trip abroad in order to promote these organisational competences. The development of our learners social competences is a further important goal. Especially the intercultural competences stand in the centre of our activities. In unknown surroundings, our learners have to establish and develop social contacts to co-workers and other people abroad. The superior goal of the international vocational competences is defined as the willingness and ability of the individual to act adequately in different vocational situations by relating to social, methodological and professional competences. This requires the acquisition of intercultural competences, as well. Therefore, our students must also acquire linguistic competences of the different languages involved. The importance of English as a lingua franca is important to mention. The theoretical knowledge gained in vocational courses in Germany can be applied directly in the work placement abroad. The use of different information technologies promotes the knowledge in this sector. The knowledge acquired and the fulfilled tasks and duties will be confirmed in the document "Europass Mobility" which the learners will get after their internship. This is how we integrate the ECVET elements into this project. As companies in Germany and abroad will create common learning agreements, we will promote the quality of meaningful learning agreements across borders. This enhances the quality of training in small and medium-sized businesses in Germany and abroad. It also strengthens their relations. The posting companies in Germany will also benefit from the project as well as BBS am Museumsdorf, because the results of the questionnaires mentioned above will be presented in our school and in the companies. This is how own processes can be compared with those from the companies abroad. In particular, the goal of our project is to compare behaviour patterns in companies or care facilities abroad with those patterns which can be found in the training companies in Germany. Therefore we will create a questionnaire with the help of the learners involved. This questionnaire will contain questions concerning the relations between superiors and workers, general behaviour patterns or the dealing with customers or suppliers. This is also how intercultural differences and similarities can be identified by the learners themselves. These results will be published on our website ( and via the local press. Additionally we will organise various presentations in our vocational school and in the training companies involved. At the same time, the structures of our school in terms its wide range of additional qualifications will be strengthened and promoted through this project not only in the local district of Cloppenburg.

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