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Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Jun 30, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"European Vocational Experience as Inspiration of Activity on Job Market Project" will be realized within 2 years with participation of 88 students and 10 staff members of ZSSChiO.Students of nutrition and gastronomy, hotel trade industry, waiting service, hairdressing as well as vocational school (hairdresser and cook) will take part in 2 and 4-week working practice/professional training in England, Germany and Italy.Members of school staff (head teacher, practical education manager) teachers of gastronomical services, and school job advisor will also participate, going to Germany and Italy within one-week job-shadowing scheme. The main goal of the project is increasing participants mobility, improving their professional, language, social, personal skills as well as their chance for employment on local and European job market.During practice the students will find out about organization and conditions of working abroad and after their return they will use their observations and experiences in their future careers. The additional advantage is acquiring some extra-curricular skills (carving, bartending, nail and hairstyling, opportunity to gain funds for starting their own businesses in Poland and countries of practice). Beneficiaries will master language skills with focus on professional vocabulary, will find out about culture, eating habits and cuisine of England, Italy and Germany.Their stay will allow for development of social and interpersonal skills, and create an open attitude and intercultural sensitivity as well as adaptation abilities during work and stay abroad. The participants will be mostly students who have never been or worked abroad.The project assumes realization of ECVET system, activities planned with partners determine heading towards coordination between EU countries within accepting competences of European Achievement Transfer System in Vocational Training and Education. Future beneficiaries will take part in preparation program (language, vocational classes at school and at work, culture, enterprising classes, new internet technology classes). 2 and 4-week practices and training will take place in Rimini (Sistema Turismo), Lipsk (Vitalis GmbH), Dresden (SBG Dresden) and in London, (ADC College). Workplaces and types of working stations will be adjusted to the program of practice and participants’ needs. During the traineeship the students will learn a foreign language intensely and will enhance their vocational skills. The students will be participating in cultural events, parties, going on trips, organized by both the partners and the teachers from Poland taking care of them. The project participants will share experiences and get to know new people. After their return to Poland, they will prepare suitable materials to share their experiences and feelings with the school community and the school partners. They will make use of their people experiences to promote and disseminate the project.The participation in the project will improve the motivation to learn not only among the project participants but also among other students in ZSSCHiO .The knowledge acquired both in Poland (preparatory training) and abroad (the traineeship) as well as experience and evaluation of the project will be valuable during the participation in competitions in their fields of study and student’s further education. The significant growth of language and vocational skills will improve the students’ school-leaving exam results, enhance their employment opportunities and encourage them to invest in personal development. The participants will receive Europass certificates and other certificates confirming the completion of the traineeship, which will give the school the European character. The participation of some teachers in job-shadowing will result in the enhancement of the language and vocational skills.They will have an opportunity to know the methods of teaching vocational subjects and profession commonly used abroad, find out how the traineeships are organized and how the students’ professional development is planned in the receiving country. As a result, the teachers will implement good solutions in ZSSCHiO and in the region.The experience gained by the teaching staff will contribute to increased competences, higher quality of education in ZSSCHiO and better cooperation with the employers and partners. It will also help plan similar activities in the future.The project will contribute to the improvement of the image of ZSSCHiO and its care about the students’ vocational education. It will increase the attractiveness of the educational offer in ZSSCHiO. The implementation of the project will have a positive influence not only on its beneficiaries but it also will raise the standard of educational services at European level in the region.

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