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Einblicke in die kaufmännische Berufswelt in Großbritannien, Frankreich und Spanien und deren Vorbereitung.
Start date: 01 Jul 2016, End date: 30 Jun 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

As the 65 participants are trainees at a vocational school it is very important to provide practical training in order to prepare them for a professional career. About 2/3 of them are studying full time, about 1/3 forms part of the German Dual System. The number of participants seems to be quite high, this is due to the fact that there is a so-called profile class of foreign languages whose members are obliged to do an international internship. The general aim is to give the students an international survey on the world of work in the three participating countries. As the three languages Englisch, French and Spanish are taught at school, it is evident that they are not only prepared for job qualifications but also linguistically.An international work placement is a good occasion to get to know how business works in these three countries and to improve their intercultural competences.Also the employers have acknowledged that language skills are very important for their trainees and ask the school to provide international work placements.The participants schould be given the opportunity to enlarge their business knowledge and to put it into practice. They are supposed to discover differences and similarities to their own situation at home. They make lists, compare offers and prices, check incoming and outgoing goods and communicate in diffrerent languages and via different media with clients.Processes within the companies should be recognized and compared. All in all, the participants will learn about foreign culture, different business activities and local customs and enlarge their social, intercultural and commercial competences.For the first time we would like to give colleagues who are interested in doing some sort of job shadowing in Finland, Spain or Great Britain, the chance to visit our partner schools in order to exchange ideas and to get some new impetus for our school and lessons. We would like to give our teachers the opportunity to enlarge their intercultural competences, their language competences as well as their teaching skills by doing job shadowing or language courses. After their return they are invited to pass on their experience to their colleagues to implement new ideas and strategies on their teaching.
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