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Favoriser et promouvoir la qualité des expériences européennes comme un réel parcours d’apprentissage dans un dispositif de formation tout au long de la vie.
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our Training center of Apprentices, situated in Saint Michel Mont Mercure, a small village in Vendée, welcomes girls and boys from 15 to 24 years old under a contract of apprenticeship or professionalization. Belonging to the “Maisons Familiales Rurales” movement, it works on an associative mode, law 1901. The administration board, composed of parents and professionals, commits in the management of the school and defines the big educational and formative orientations. Our project integrates an evolution of our center towards an European space, a support of an employment and training platform. Persuaded that the European mobility brings strong professional and personal skills, we wish to assert and to value Europe toward members of staff, professionals, essential actors of the apprenticeship and toward the young people and their family. The European experiences enrich the experiences of learning by bringing an objective view on the working realities in an European context. Real period of acquisition of formal, non formal or informal skills, the experience in Europe is a real time of formation. The diversity of European professional learning systems establishes an asset for mutual learnings. We wish to favor the recognition of qualifications and skills between these systems. This will reach the objectives of the community action plans to support the professional mobility, to contribute to the acquisition of the qualifications required by technological and organizational transfers to strengthen employment. The gathering of the actors of the training systems and professionals is necessary to improve the systems of initial and continuous vocational training systems to participate in the competitiveness of companies on the European space. We propose to all the apprentices in CAP (Vocational training qualification) and in Bac Pro (Vocational high school diploma) specialized in restaurant businesses: cook, pastry cook in restaurant, waiter, or in food supply businesses: baker, pastry cook, chocolate maker, to live an European experience. There is no selection. The young people committed in this course left "school " at the end of secondary cycle. Their orientation answers strong inclinations towards a job, a need for activities and for recognition. The systems of vocational training by the way of apprenticeship, centered on a traditional culture of the job, entail the reproduction of the functioning of organizations in a very similar way, totally ignoring the instability of the socioeconomic environment and leaving little space to opening. For that reason, the European mobility particularly has its place in these systems of training. The apprentices realize, in a rigorous frame, an European experience of 3 weeks, 2 days of journey and 19 days of internship in a total professional and cultural dumping. The professionals of the Vocational Educational Training system are strongly mobilized to take part in the exchanges during 5 days, 2 days of journey and 3 days in mission of formation and teaching or in internship or period of training in a company or in a partner school. This investment with the professionals values the mutual actions committed on both sides and contributes to considerably modify our educational practices to participate in the implementation of new training strategies in a lifelong learning system. These innovative processes in the education system strengthen the keys of the economic growth source of employment. According to the process of Lisbon, it is important to intensify the change of our perception of knowledges and skills so as to innovate our educational practices in centers and in companies in order to, in the long term, build an European pole of vocational training. Our proposal, of a duration of 24 months, concerns 180 apprentices in CAP (Vocational training certificate) and in Bac Pro (vocational high school diploma) and 12 professionals of the vocational training of our center. The training courses take place in February Mars for CAP (Vocational training certificate) and from July till November for the apprentices in Bac Pro (vocational high school diploma). The professionals of the Vocational Educational training system choose the most adapted week during the two years of the application. 100 companies and 19 European schools within 26 European partner countries are informed on the periods of internship to organize at the best the training in a company doubled sometimes by the welcome in a family. To strengthen the quality of our exchanges and to involve the actors of the mobility we set up the code of the European apprentice. The latter was adopted by our European partners during the European Round Tables in November 2014. We wish, thanks to the beneficiaries, to promote a speciality of the country in the host and sending company.

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