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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

As a VET college with a focus on business located in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region with global players such as BASF, SAP and IBM an international orientation is essential for a distinctive profile of our college. It also gives us a competitive edge compared to upper secondary education in colleges providing general education. Continuation in creating this international profile is crucial. Significant target are ... 1) ... for learners: increasing the number of participating students and companies, consolidating the usage of standardized instruments for recognition (especially Europass mobility and ECVET), improving their design and facilitating their handling. 2) ... for teachers: broader understanding of practices, policies and systems in education and training across countries, implementing suitable practices from the partners in their own teaching and discussing adaptations in teachers' conferences, thus triggering changes in terms of modernisation and international opening within our college, strengthening the international orientation of our college and putting it on firm footing, especially by enlisting more colleagues in the execution of work placements abroad, exchange programmes and international projects. 30 interested apprentices in dual business management training in internationally oriented companies will be picked for BRIDGES. Teachers who are chosen for staff mobility are either already teaching in the BRIDGES or EBBD (European Business Baccalaureate Diploma) programme or seek to teach in these programmes or want to contribute to the internationalization of our college in another way, e.g. by creating new exchange programmes or projects of cooperation. BRIDGES comprises two different types of activities, each with a specific way of realization. 1) work placements in social services providers in Worcester: Apart from several events for preparation in Germany that exceed lessons (e.g. project presentations by former participants, a seminar training of intercultural competences, information events about the organization of the work placements) learners will have special language lessons in Worcester preparing them for the new field of activity and the challenges that go with it. At the social services providers an employee will be assigned mentor of the interns. Once a week employees of our partner in Worcester will visit the interns at the social services providers for a mentoring talk. Activities reports will reflect the students' learning progress and will be sent to the German teacher responsible for that project once a week via email. The students will reflect on their mobility by using an evaluation sheet based on ECVET criteria, stating the learning outcomes they will have achieved during their stay. These evaluation sheets will be discussed with their mentors at the social services providers and recognized by them. This evaluation will be completed by a presentation of the mobility's results to other apprentices in Germany. 2) In Sussex apprentices and English students will plan, realize and evaluate a social project together. Additionally they will contribute to Sussex Downs College's school life by volunteer work. The instruments of documentation an evaluation mentioned above will be used accordingly. A crucial element of staff mobility is the further development of the European Business Baccalaureate's implementation. When staying with partner that already offer EBBD (Business College Helsinki and IBC in Vienna) concepts applied there will be compared to our concept. Aspects that might improve our own concept will be identified and documented. In Spain staff mobility will serve to transfer knowledge about the implementation of EBBD. Teachers going to ROC Horizon will not only contribute to the implementation of EBBD by adding the aspects of virtual mobility. A broader cooperation is intended, especially with regard to work placements of apprentices/students of both institutions. With regard to our apprentices we expect increased social, communicative, personal and intercultural competences as well improved English language competences. From teachers we expect innovations in their teaching, contributions to the modernisation and international opening within our college, especially further cooperation in realizing work placements of apprentices abroad, student exchange programmes and international projects, thus increasing our college's attractiveness and strengthening the cooperation with our partners (local companies and university of applied sciences, regional colleges sending students to us, Rhineland-Palatinate project team of upper secondary education in VET colleges, continuation and extension of projects with our international partners, dissemination of EBBD). In the long run we strive for a distinct international profile of our college.
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