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Experience Occupational-Techno-Trends in Europe
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Walther-Lehmkuhl-School and its ERASMUS+ project partners aim at consolidating their positive experiences and institutionalizing the established process procedures. This naturally implies that divers partners from all participating project countries coordinate and supervise the main strategy and the different process phases continuously. Additionally, the partner schools and companies visit each other regularly and organise strategy meetings with all partners in one of the participating countries annually or twice a year. The team work of the different partners, the evaluation and, if necessary, the adaptation of process development to unforeseen situations also contribute to project professionalization.The medium-term aim of the WLS is to become a certified European School. The working title for this project is „OTTER+“. Together with our partners we aim at exchanging working process knowledge concerning the skilled workers and to inform all participants about European technical trends.30 trainees in their second or third apprenticeship year are involved in the project OTTER+. The practical training sequences in Danish, Polish and German companies last three weeks. The trainees are faced with different practical training methods based on the different apprenticeship and special field systems. Essentially, the project aims at integrating the trainees into the working process by giving them the opportunity to carry out specific tasks. WLS and the dual training partners send and receive apprentices of the following professions: mechatronics technician, industrial mechanic, electronic technician for company engineering, electronic technician for machining and transmission systems engineering, layer for tile, slab and mosaic, bricklayer, carpenter, painter.Our school partnership, its matching process of professional requirements, our mutual profile paper and the regular reciprocal visits of the participating schools and companies concentrate on knowledge concerning the working process of the skilled workers and on country-specific and regional-specific manufactoring technology.The three weeks‘ stay in another European country enables the apprentices to practice a constructive handling of cultural diversity establishing a new professional and interpersonal value system. This intercultural skill will increasingly become one of the key qualifications in the personal development of young people globally. This process can be enhanced by practical individual experience and reflection. Soft-skills such as self-reliance, self-confidence, personal and social responsibility are also very important.For this purpose we prepare our participants by answering specific questions. For instance we wrote our detailed information brochure, which we published in 2015. The participating trainees and companies can inform themselves about the project in general and about concrete financial and organisational aspects such as costs, travel insurance, arrival and departure, accommodation and meals, free time activities, distances and means of transport to the participating companies and schools etc. Subsequently, an intercultural training of the German, Danish and Polish apprentices takes place. Our intercultural exchange programm enables the young people to practice openness and tolerance towards people with different cultural backgrounds. The programme reduces problematical aspects such as fear of contact, reservation or prejudice on the one hand and on the other hand encourages the development of connecting elements based on historical and cultural similarities. The intercultural competence won during the exchange programme enriches the trainee on the professional as well as on the social level. The different activities of our WLS intercultural one-weekend-workshop that we created in 2015 are also getting implemented by our project partners. Regarding public relations and press activities we informed the departments and colleagues at our school as well as the local (Neumünster), regional (Schleswig-Holstein) and foreign (Danish, Polish) press about the programme and can report satisfactory media coverage. We also presented the project by using diffent means of publicity: congresses, guild conferences, presentations in large industrial concerns, information brochure, IB.SH etc. Our public relations activities are interconnected with our acquisition of trainees and companies. An early promotion (posting our new information brochure with a reply form for the companies, information posters in schools and companies etc.) has facilitated the acquisition. Our professional and informative presentation of the European exchange programme has been enriched by our transparent strategy and documentation.
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