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Einzelstipendien zu let's go! und lift
Start date: Jul 1, 2014, End date: Jun 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The present pool project "individual scholarships to let's go! and lift" is a nationwide initiative to promote practical trainings abroad for apprentices of skilled trades (let's go!) as well as technical trainees in industry and trade (lift) who are taking part in a vocational education and training under the dual system. Its objectives were fixed against the background of a previously relatively low mobility of young people in the dual training system which currently stands at about 4 percent. Additionally, conventional measures of mobility for apprentices are usually carried out in groups and are too inflexible for interested individuals or do not match due to their technical, spatial or temporal orientation. However, this project provided promotion of 120 individual practical trainings abroad, irrespective of time, country of destination and the occupation requiring formal training. But the project determined clearly the funding period which in each case is scheduled to last three weeks. This schedule is based on the experience that this period usually already allows young people to a positive experience mobility with sustainable effect and that on the other hand longer periods of absence of the apprentices is in most cases hardly accepted among their training companies. This project should enable the mobility consultation services of the Chambers of Skilled Trades and the Chambers of Industry and Commerce to provide a funding offer to apprentices who are interested in individual scholarships. The mobility consultation services of the Chambers were acting as "regional support partners”. Concerning the hosting institutions the notifier turned to partners abroad that partly have already been established in the course of individual scholarships for apprentices of the skilled trades awarded since 2007 in the pool project line “let’s go!”. The procurement procedures started with the written application of the young person. This application already ensured the prompt provision of information to the training company and the vocational school by obtaining the respective letter of reference from them. The applicant’s formal and personal suitability for an individual training abroad was tested in a selection and awareness section conducted by the notifier or the regional support partners (mobility coaches of the Chambers). In case of a positive evaluation the preparation of the internship abroad has been planned. As soon as a suitable hosting institution/company was found and a learning agreement regarding the stay had been reached, the applicant has been informed of the authorisation of the funding. During the internship abroad different measures of the sending and hosting institutions ensured the support for the young person and the documentation started. After returning home the documentation had to be finished and the final evidences provided. A certificate were issued attesting the stay and the individual scholarship was finalised. The individual internship abroad promoted the intercultural and language competences and supported the personal and professional development of the participating apprentices and trainees. The positive impact of the acquired competences became clear in the domestic apprenticeship. At the same time it could be noticed that the restraining threshold of the participants for future long-term work in other European countries is lower now and that the interest for other cultures increased.
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