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European Mobility project for apprentices and young professionnals - Tour de France
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Boarders of European Union are quickly expanding and the development of skills for our European workers becomes essential nowadays. Indeed, crafts and companies are now dealing with international exchanges and facing a multinational competition. Qualifications and skills are therefore put into question. In order to contribute to this expansion, it is primordial to provide each apprentice with the possibility to be trained and to work on a European level. It is our duty to offer our learners such a training. Compagnons du Devoir have always given priority to a long life learning and have performed to value on-the-job learning and mobility, mainly through shared experiences, human relations and knowledge transmissions. Long term mobility projects (1 year) have always existed in our association. It is part of our “Tour de France” to have a one-year experience abroad. Since 2011, it has become compulsory, therefore more than 1154 of our young professionals have benefitted from such an experience.Since 2004, more than 13300 apprentices have therefore benefitted from a 3 week mobility project in European Union, with 24 countries, owing to our trusted partners. Our experience now allows us to choose our best partners to provide our apprentices quality trainings in any of our 28 trades (industry, construction, building, baking, leather and textiles trades). For 2015-2017, we wish to send again 546 apprentices in gathered mobility projects together with their class and their trade teacher (42 teachers in total), 108 apprentices for a long term (9-10 months) and 162 apprentices in a European training for 2 weeks. In September 2009 we managed to officially join in the learning annex of the apprenticeship contract the 3 week mobility project abroad for all our level 4 apprentices. The enhancement of the quality of our project is owing to the developed teaching skills of our partners, who suggest a precise programme compatible with our apprentices’ modules in France, with the specificities of the host country. This quality brings a value to our programmes in France and comfort the French companies of our apprentices, worried about this mobility project abroad of their employee. The project will allow our participants to acquire language, intercultural and cross-disciplinary skills. Indeed, apprenticeship and trades are different from one country to another. Travelling is also a way to develop its adaptability and flexibility, 2 qualities required in the labor market. Our partners involved in our projects are training organizations, companies, social partners, consular chambers and intermediate organisms in 21 countries. Mobility is more and more recognized in those countries, therefore most of the previous work placements will be renewed year after year. Years of experience with our partners allow us to organize those projects in mutual trust and prepare at best each participant for his mobility.Each candidate’s mobility will be validated and recognized through a Europass, his skills and competences abroad will be validated by the European partner and the French teacher on our online platform “Aquisav” and with the implementation of the ECVET system. Our partners have already signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The International Service will maintain relationships with partners, prepare and coordinate the follow-up and the validation of each curriculum. They help and support also their training centres in France for scheduling the gathered mobility projects.This ambitious project can’t be organized without the considerable investment of each staff members involved in those actions, in order to prepare at best our participant to have a working Erasmus + experience abroad.

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