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European Work Experience
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The College has been offering mobility programmes for a number of years and wants to be able to continue offering this this valuable opportunity to students. The benefits of participating in a project that offers work experience in another country are significant for our students and enhances the European dimension of the college. Project Objectives To promote a European dimension to learning, widening understanding of other cultures, languages and values and identifying transferable skills, giving young people the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in society at local, national and international levels. Building and reinforcing the citizenship skills and knowledge developed as part of the National Curriculum. Beneficiaries to gain 'real life' experience in activities linking theory to practice and collect evidence for the work experience element of their course. To build on and consolidate current partnerships and develop new partnerships to be able to offer an 'added value' dimension to learners on vocational courses and those completing Apprenticeships at the College or those recently graduated. The project will, over the two year period, enable 144 students (including apprentices and recent graduates) aged 16+ undertaking initial vocational training in Engineering, Automotive, Media, Travel and Tourism, Business, Health and Social Care, Childcare, Hospitality and Catering at Grantham College to visit Germany, Italy, Spain, Malta, Sweden or Tenerife to undertake a two week period of work experience to complement and enhance their studies. The country that they visit will be dependent on their course of study and supports the curriculum delivery, ensuring that participants have gained the necessary theory and practical experience to be effective within a work experience placement. Students are required to undertake a period of work experience as part of their vocational qualification and these tend to be carried out and assessed in purpose built workshops within the College or through (for media) projects . Participating in this mobility project will provide evidence to contribute to this element of their qualification and meet some of their development needs in terms of widening their knowledge and appreciation of diversity and understanding of different socio-economic backgrounds, promoting an appreciation of European values and a respect for other cultures. It will also add value to their programmes by providing 'real life' work experience & address some of the problems with progression to Level 3 programmes where skills/theory learnt at Level 2 are not sufficiently embedded through real work experience therefore students struggle with practical application of knowledge in Level 3. This project will be promoted to Apprentices, students and graduates in the identified vocational areas. For those on Apprenticeship programmes, it will provide the opportunity to gain work experience in another country. As a result of participating in the project students will be better placed within the job market and have increased self confidence & improved soft skills e.g. motivation, communication and budgeting. Lincolnshire is an area of growing tourism and has a large migrant population, many are from Europe. Gaining first hand experience of life in these countries will increase their understanding and appreciation of culture and languages. Whilst on placement students will undertake duties that will allow them to put theory in to practice. Results and impact Students more employable and confident individuals having had the experience of working abroad. College courses stand out from those of our competitors due to increased focus on employability and real life experience in another country. Evidence of work experience and skills gained whilst on placement documented by the Europass and supporting the achievement of vocational qualifications. Enhanced employability prospects in the UK and European labour markets. Impact will be recognised with the organisation and our partner’s organisations, there will be a significant impact on beneficiaries and the target group in the future. Impact will be realised locally, regionally and on a European basis. Longer term benefits will realised in terms of future partnerships , collaboration and reciprocal arrangements, enhancing all organisations.
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