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Fachschüler/innen und Lehrkräfte lernen und arbeiten in Einrichtungen der Behindertenhilfe in Eurropa
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Vocational School Fachschule für Heilerziehung (FSHerz) in Hamburg / Germany, trains students to become carers for people with intellectual disabilities. The training we offer is a three-year, full-time course with a state recognised examination. The activities of Erasmus + in this VET-School are both open to students and to staff members. The activities of this project are meant as a strategic approach of internationalising our vocational training for carers. We have been working with partner institutions in various European countries since 1998, enabling students from Hamburg-Alsterdorf to go abroad on work placements. Within the last 17 years our school has successfully built up contacts to enterprises in Romania, Denmark, Netherlands, Austria, Italy, the UK and France; Spain and Latvia since 2007. Beneficiaries of this project in our school are two groups of long- and short term students, teachers, the European project cooordinator and our principle - as well as facility managers and staff members of the enterprises abroad. The Erasmus+ project has four main activity groups. Longterm and short term students, teachers and graduates.Our students undertake a work placement in social enterprises for people with intellectual disabilities (such as residential homes, daycare centres, or sheltered workshops) in one of our partner facilities abroad. Teachers go abroad for their own training and to supervise our students and keep contact to the vocational training schools in the region. One focus of the project is to learn more about the concepts of the partner enterprises abroad and their impact on this working field. This project is also meant to increase mobility in the field of social work, which compared to other industries is generally still very low. The main activity is a long term work placement, open to students in their second year of training. These learners have decided for the major field of intercultural learning: they prepare themselves in a so called Europe class for 18 month before they go abroad. The training curriculum contains theories of intercultural learning in the areas of politics, society, education and care. They increase their knowledges in the key competencies and create an awareness of the interculutural differences. They increase their knowledges concerning the UN convention on the rights of people with disabilities, towards inclusion These Students are going abroad for 16 up to 18 weeks. These traineeships are compulsory. (21 L)The second group of learners are students who have already done their VET traineeship in German enterprises and go for a work placement abroad additionally. In this group the students use the existing contacts in other European countries to make intercultural experiences in enterprises for people with disabilities. They learn more about different concepts and deal with these experiences. These short term activities are placements between two to four weeks. This is an optional activity. (25 L)The third group supports the professional staff of teachers. They go abroad between four to six days for job shadowing, to formulate quality standards and for mentoring our students abroad. These activities guarantee a good communication between the Vocational training school and the social enterprise abroad and ensure a high level of quality. These activities are also necessary to make sure, that the internship of the vocational training keeps well adapted as a part of the educational course. (18 L)The fourth group are graduates in the first year after graduating. The goals are almost the same as in the second group. They stay up to12 weeks. (6 L)The learning outcomes are formally recognised through a Europass mobility certificate The work placements are monitored by the professional staff of the respective enterprise / facility and by teachers from our school.
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