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

The project „EurOpen“ enables the city administration of Bonn to offer their trainees and the VET-staff intensive European education study visits. Europe has long become part of the everyday life of our cities. City administrations already implement 3/4 of the decisions of the European Union. In order to make the European idea work it is essential to increase the city administration’s awareness of Europe and to improve their skills and European competency. European learning mobility is meant to advance the exchange of ideas and procedures, to strengthen the employee´s intercultural competency, to improve the knowledge of foreign languages within the administration and to actively contribute to the creation of a European area of education (“Bildungsraum”). At present the city administration of Bonn trains 180 people for 22 professions. The study visits take place in five European cities. The highly experienced and reliable EU project partners from France, Austria, Italy, Turkey and the United Kingdom offer specific learning and work related training programs for municipal and vocational training contents. The qualifications, skills and experiences is provided during the study visits by training, lectures, discussions, themed and group-based team elaborations, visits. Furthermore there are active, supervised and accompanying collaborations in the respective departments of the partner administrations. The participants will acquire new methods within their vocational fields and a foreign system of vocational training and learn how to work with colleagues from foreign cultural backgrounds. As a result of EurOpen, new competences and experiences can be implemented in their own home and partner city administration. By this means the participants’ employability and the attractiveness of training for a job in the public sector will be increased. Within the city administration of Bonn, the study visits in the cities of Brighton, Graz, Istanbul-Pendik, Strasbourg and Vicenza are complemented by intercultural and linguistic trainings. The city of Bonn has been awarded as a “Europaaktive Kommune” (approximately: city actively promoting the idea of Europe) by the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
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