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Europakaufmann und European Business Baccalaureate Diploma
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

As a VET college with a focus on business located in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region with global players such as BASF, SAP and IBM an international orientation is essential for a distinctive profile of our college. It also gives us a competitive edge compared to upper secondary education in colleges providing general education. Continuation in creating this international profile is crucial. Hence we have extended our international educational programme. The additional qualification ("European clerk") for apprentices (industrial clerks) is designed to assure international and intercultural qualification: The apprenteces attend additional courses about international business processes (such as international marketing, basics of international trade and contracts, law of international sale contracts, shipping documents and foreign payment transactions), and acquire certificates: ECDL-Base, certificats of foreign language competence (Englisch (at least B1, intended B2) and French or Spanish (at least A2). They are also obliged to go abroad for a 3-week internship.Significant targets are ...1) ... for learners: improving their chances on the labour market by providing the additional qualification ("European Cleark") and developing standardized instruments for recognition (especially Europass mobility and ECVET) for work placements in that context.2) ... for teachers: strengthening existing cooperations and hence putting the international orientation of our college on firm footing, especially by enlisting more colleagues in the execution of work placements abroad, exchange programmes and international projects, discover new impulses for their teaching and share them in teacher conferences for further improvement of our educational programmes. All apprentices enroled for the "European clerks" programme are obliged to complete a 3-week work placement abroad. In 2016 there are 31 apprentices aiming to obtain this qualification. 2 of them have the opportunitiy to use Erasmus+ programmes of our dual partners, their employers, the other 29 will need the funds of this application. Additionally 10 interested apprentices in other educational programmes will be offered to participate in our BRIDGES programme. Teachers who will be chosen for staff mobility are either already teaching in the Europakaufmann ("European clerk"), BRIDGES or EBBD (European Business Baccalaureate Diploma) programmes or seek to teach in these programmes or want to contribute to the internationalization of our college in another way, e.g. by creating new exchange programmes or projects of cooperation.As all apprentices currently enroled for the "European clerk" programme are industrial clerks their work placements will also fulfill their training regulation. Our partners (Principia Scholl of language, partnership international, Stage Malta and Practika) are able to provide work placements accordingly and will ensure weekly monitoring. They will also arrange accomodation and necessary support. Activities reports will reflect the students' learning progress and will be sent to the German teacher responsible for that project once a week via email. The students will reflect on their mobility by using an evaluation sheet based on ECVET criteria, stating the learning outcomes they will have achieved during their stay. These evaluation sheets will be discussed with their mentors and recognized by them. It will be completed by a presentation of the mobility's results to other apprentices in Germany. For BRIDGES our apprentices and English students will plan, realize and evaluate a social project together. Additionally they will contribute to Sussex Downs College's school life by volunteer work. The instruments of documentation an evaluation mentioned above will be used accordingly.With regard to our apprentices we expect increased compentence in international business processes, social, personal and intercultural competences as well as improved foreign language competences. From teachers we expect increasing expertise in preparing and coaching apprentices for work placements aborad as well as innovations in their teaching, contributions to the modernisation and international opening within our college, especially further cooperation in student exchange programmes and international projects, thus increasing our college's attractiveness and strengthening the cooperation with our partners (local companies and university of applied sciences, regional high schools sending graduates to us, Rhineland-Palatinate project team of upper secondary education in VET colleges, continuation and extension of projects with our international partners, dissemination of EBBD). In the long run we strive for a distinct international profile of our college.
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