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European Vocational Skills Training Berlin 2016
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The pool project "European Vocational Skills Training Berlin 2016" (short "EVST Berlin 2016") supports learners and staff of the Berlin-Brandenburg region and the whole federal republic of Germany in the implementation of job-related mobilities of a period of 3 to 25 weeks (learners) or 5-28 days (staff / educational staff). ARBEIT UND LEBEN Berlin cooperates with currently more than 30 vocational schools, more than 20 training companies and about 10 mobility counseling centers of chambers and associations in Germany. The European cooperation involves 8 partners in the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Poland and to a lesser extent in the Open flow management with Freemover partners in all of ERASMUS+ participating countries. Learning periods are realized at all times of the year for groups such as for single participants; Main activities for learners are job-related internships and vocational skills trainings (EVSTs) in connection with language courses. For educational staff workshops are offered, trends in the field of European vocational training will be discussed, innovative learning and teaching methods, networking and training of multipliers for the Erasmus + programme will be a content. The vocational training staff is expected to be composed at equal parts of vocational trainers of companies and teachers of vocational schools.A total of 320 scholarships are planned of which 295 are for students (thereof 225 with dual background) and 25 for educational staff. Regarding the professional background constitute commercial / trade professions set about 70% of the current scholarships and total. Within this especially commercial trainees in the fields of industry, wholesale and foreign trade, logistics and freight forwarding agency management are participating. Approximately 20% are scheduled to come out of the industrial-technical and design professions, including for example, Industrial and Machinists, trades (carpenters, masons) and graphic and fashion designers. In smaller flows we are planning with health and social professions (nursing, education), food, service and other.Goals for learners are mostly the acquisition of intercultural competences, job-related language skills, improve situational maneuverability and independent problem-solving skills as through ownership in career exploration projects, thereby increasing employability. The project is particularly distinguished by promoting such participants with increased special support and needs, may it be on a social level (greater involvement of training managers or support staff in the company), educational (e.g. depth, methodological and intercultural preparation) or organizational level (e.g. by organizing care for accompanying children). At the institutional level, the project is a fundamental component in the internationalization strategy of the involved institutions. The project's further aims at the federal and international cooperation and networking of actors of vocational training in order to provide as many potential candidates of the eligible target groups from all social environments to international training.The activities consist mainly of 4-week work placements or EVSTs in connection with intensive foreign language training for apprentices and learners in vocational preparation schemes. In the EVSTs participants explore and work with vocational-related aspects and issues. On a smaller scale long-term stays are (8-25 weeks) for internships of trainees after their completion of training (planned are 25 scholarships).A high quality of the project implementation is based on the effective long-term cooperation of ARBEIT UND LEBEN Berlin with its many German and European partners. Reliable processes in the agreement of learning objectives and organizational issues were developed in stable processes. These include solid processes, checklists and extensive information material to all project steps and responsibilities of all those involved (Dispatcher, participants, partners, training officers) that are clearly communicated and adapted, while being flexible, personal and appropriately in cases of need. The processes will be supported by the EVST-online tool (, the profiles of the participants, the learning targets, desired practical activities and learning outcomes between all participants, supplemented by Skype phone calls, e-mails, preparatory seminars for practical organizational, methodological and intercultural preparation, follow-up seminars, called "Reunion meetings" for evaluation and quality assurance as well as regular meetings with the German and European partners.

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