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EPHTL – Young People in Mobility 2015
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Escola Profissional de Hotelaria e Turismo de Lisboa is applying for the programme Erasmus+, KA1 action – Learning Mobility of Individual with the purpose of enhancing the human development of both students, through curricular trainings, and teaching and non-teaching staff, through observation and sharing of experiences. This is an application based on a School European Plan where EPHTL, undeniably, takes the objective of ensuring vocational education of quality, which will be recognized at a regional, national and European level. Since 2006, EPHTL has been establishing partnerships with intermediary and host entities from several European countries, through the participation in the programmes Leonardo da Vinci and Comenius and the participation in preparatory visits. It’s from these projects that the school opens itself to the world and gives its students the opportunity of being in touch with new cultures and new working methodologies which will contribute to the development of their skills and give them a competitive advantage. EPHTL project – Young People in Mobility 2015 intends to meet the challenge suggested by the Agenda Europe 2020 since it intends to form qualified and capable professionals; it’s also its aim to improve the language skills. The project Erasmus+, KA1 action – Learning Mobility of Individual is a reality in the Educational Plan of the school. This highlights the apprenticeships acquired during the mobilities. It is a very relevant project in the students’ lives since most of them come from less favourable environments. We intend to provide the school staff with mechanisms that will help them to share experiences and that stimulate them to promote innovation by presenting a new vision of the school and of Europe. EPHTL intends to involve 12 students from the follow technical courses: Reception, Restaurant/Bar, Cooking /Pastry and Tourism. The school will select students attending the 12th grade, the last year of the above mentioned courses. The participation in this project represents the culmination of the apprenticeships acquired during the three years of school frequency. A work experience abroad is extremely enriching, contributing for personal and professional development of the students and allowing the dissemination of the acquired knowledge near the school, the schoolmates and the professional sector. These students have chosen a professional area where the fluency in foreign languages, general knowledge, communication facilities and creativity are fundamental for their professional development. Belonging to a low socioeconomic level, these students will hardly have another opportunity to travel and to develop their competences. The project is run by a multidisciplinary team that works in an articulated way. In what concerns the staff, this project intends to involve 11 human resources of the school: 1 Restaurant/ Bar teacher; 1 Cooking teacher; 1 Economy teacher; 2 English teachers; 1 ICT teacher; 1 teacher from the technical area of Tourism; 1 teacher from History and Culture of Arts; 1 Psychologist; 1 administrative officer and 1 Pedagogical Directress. The activities to be undertaken for the implementation of the project will start with the presentation, and the acceptation by the partners, of the training areas suggested by the Director of the school. The participants of previous mobilities will make a debriefing session and workshops in the areas of cooking and waitressing service allusive to the countries where the mobility took place. The contents and competences to be acquired in this project are established in a partnership letter. The students and the school staff that want to participate in these mobilities have to submit their application. Then, they will be informed about the criteria for selection and they are chosen after the selection phase is concluded. The dissemination that has already taken place during the different activities is now projected to the exterior. There will be contacts with the companies of the sector, which will provide vocational trainings to the participants. After that, the students will have technical, pedagogical and psychosocial preparation as well as cultural and linguistic preparation. Finally, the mobilities take place. The result of these mobilities will influence the participants as well as the intervening entities. The expected outcomes will be visible in a short term: a greater personal and professional development and growth of the participants; partners will receive new methodologies of work and enhance apprenticeships. In a long term, we will verify not only the successful professional integration of the participants but also a new vision of the human resources of the school towards the investment in their work. Partnerships with European entities are reinforced.

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