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Elaborador de Productos Alimenticios Practicas en Europa 2015
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Vocational training is improving a lot in the last few years. It has become a practical education, specialized, adapting to new changes and developments and, above all, maintaining a strong link with the business world. It is therefore essential to develop quality training that offers an internship in companies that gets comprehensive training of students, including not only the theoretical knowledge acquired in the classroom, but also how to develop them in real life , and which serves as training and practice to enter the labor market with a minimum of experience . On the other hand, if the acquisition of knowledge through the practice takes place in a European framework we are helping the students with their social and professional integration also involves learning the language of the host country. In this context, our education center considers a priority the orientation towards the labour market of the students, particularly to a group of 4 students Medium Grade Vocational Training for Technician in Food Products, who are currently studying the Second Year and most precisely two of them in the company Manuel Gonzalez Martinez e filhos L.D.A. and the other two in Carnes Louçao . Our proposal is mainly based on the needs of the students and skills shown at school , needs as contact with the social and business world , knowing the organization within a workplace and know and feel how it works , to learn things that are not learnt in the classroom , use equipment that is difficult to have in a common school, gain confidence in themselves as a professional in any European context , besides being able to implement the things learned in the partner organization having adequate and appropriate performance characteristics for their work. We believe therefore that the main objective is to develop the participants' professional competence and acquire an identity and maturity that will facilitate their future employability. We believe the results were very positive, since the participating students had the opportunity to meet another European country, their cities, people, customs and ways of organization in order to communicate in Portuguese, mainly improving their language skills and enhancing their self-esteem and meet other social reality. The mobility of our proposal was held from 4th April to 8th May, 2016. The management team of the school and the department of food industries were in charge of developing the practical and logistical aspects of the project as long as the intermediary partner, making arrangements with host partners and learning agreements with participants. The pedagogical, cultural and linguistic preparation was carried out before performing the mobility. The project has an impact on participants who improve their professional skills and a better assessment of them, as well as of our organization, acquiring an image enhancement and internal quality of the institution, expecting a better assessment of students, which will impact a long-term improvement in the quality of workers in nearby businesses. It is very important to highlight the satisfaction expressed by the two partners companies for our students’ work and we, as the beneficiaries, feel also great satisfaction with the results. As for the participating students, the experience was very positive. They completed the Training Module in Working Centres which enabled them to complete their training studies of Medium Grade Vocational Training for Technician in Food Products, and this institution entitled them with a certificate of the skills acquired during their mobilities.

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