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Erasmus in Bezau 2015
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In our application (coordination: Bezauer Wirtschaftsschulen) for a several weeks´ lasting work placement between June (earliest start 15th June) and September 2014 (until latest 14th September) following partners are involved: 24 students of the 4th form of the Secondary College for Tourism and three students of the 4th form of the Secondary College for Business Administration. (The students of the Business College have to enrol in a compulsory work placement between the 4th and the 5th form, according to our autonomous curriculum. They all voluntarily applied for this project.) Further involved in the project are the language teachers for French (Mag. Elisabeth Sperger), English (Mag. Elisabeth Moser) and Italian (Dr. Luca Pepiciello) as well as the headmaster of the Bezauer Wirtschaftsschulen Mag. Andreas Kappaurer (authorised signatory). This year´s work placements take place in France, Italy, Ireland and in Great Britain. The students will be working in 14 companies of the high standard hotel sector in the areas service, kitchen, housekeeping and /or reception (5 students in France, 14 in Italy, 5 in Ireland and 2 in England). In all partner firms experienced and supportive contact persons are available for the students as well as the teachers of our school. A main emphasis of education for the Bezauer Wirtschaftsschulen lies in improving and deepening language skills of the foreign languages English, French, Italian and Spanish. A further ambition of our education is to offer our students the chance to gain work experience abroad. Unfortunately, work placements abroad are poorly paid. Therefore, we want to support our students being able to cover costs by applying for Erasmus+ “Lernmobilität von Einzelpersonen”. This experience abroad offers our students, among other things, following advantages: improving and perfecting their language skills, learning and applying special terminology, being able to work as part of a team, the completion and advancement of practical skills in kitchen, service and reception, putting learned matters into practice, encourage students to work in a self-reliant and responsible manner, strengthening their personality, gaining advantages for future job applications due to practical experience abroad, acquiring open-mindedness and tolerance towards other cultures and mentality, and much more. Our school is located in the tourism area Bregenzerwald (Vorarlberg, in the west of Austria). As tourism is a principal source of income respectively a very important field of employment for this region, a profound education in service, kitchen and reception as well as in tourism- and leisure time management is of great significance. Moreover, an intensive training in languages (English, French, Italian and Spanish) resulting from the international clientele and the special geographic location of Vorarlberg, lying in a region where three countries meet (Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Lichtenstein), is of immense importance. The participants of this project are basically for the first time for a longer time in a foreign country. They have the great opportunity to practise foreign languages in real life situations, being in contact with native speakers, and with it deepening their knowledge and at the same time getting acquainted with international know-how. Austria is an important tourist destination. Years back German speaking guests were absolutely dominant, however, this has strongly changed in the last years to guests from all over the world. An important growth market is without any doubt North Italy, but also France, Spain and English speaking countries play an important role in the mixture of our tourists. Consequently, the Austrian tourism industry demands of the graduates of a Secondary College for Tourism profound knowledge in foreign languages as well as excellent subject-specific qualifications.
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