Get moving II
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2016
In the project 16 partners from Ireland, Iceland, Great Britain, Italy, Sweden and Germany and 44 students from the vocational college in Wolfsberg (in short HLW) are involved. This is an increase of nearly 100 percent compared to the year before ("only" 25 participants!) At the same time is means that out of 75 possible students - 44 participated in the Erasmus+ project supported by the European Union.
The 42 female and the two male students are between 16 and 18 years old. They are all eligible to take part in the Erasmus+ programme because they have to do a 12-week-placement between the third and the fourth year of our school to be allowed to sit the final exams two years later. That´s why for them the school year already ended at the end of May and starts again on the first Monday in October. They had to do their compulsory training within these four months.
At our school there are two different focuses: 1. language and media 2. wellness and health management. Most of the students have very good English skills as well as good Italian/French skills. Some of them have even attended optional subjects like Spanish, wine-connoisseur, bar-keeper, patisserie, etc.
With their placements abroad students want to practise, strengthen as well as enlarge their practical as well as theoretical knowledge which they have acquired in the first three years at our school. Furthermore, within this project students will get the chance to get to know a country which they might not know at all or only from a short holiday. Another important aim is to improve their language skills – make use of what you already know, internalize it and expand your vocabulary, phrases, etc. Which skills are to be focused on, will be put down in the Learning Agreements in accordance with teacher, employers and students. During the training (accompanying persons, reports from students and mentors), that is, afterwards - the achievement of these individual learning agreements will be checked. Additional ECVET aspects included in the project are: Personal Transcript and Memorandum of Understanding which are to be signed in the course of visits in the respective countries.
Taking part in this project was therefore useful for the students in many respects. By working in a foreign countries they could consolidate their practical as well as their language skills, brush them up and enlarge them and, that way, increase their chance on the job market significantly. A further important aspect is that with the help of the Erasmus Plus project the students were able to crack prejudices, become more open-minded and tolerant. And last but not least participantso became more mobile, even at an early age.
The results of the project have been published by means of articles in local and regional newspapers, a radio interview is planned as well. Moreover, experienced project participants will pass their knowledge on to students who are thinking of going abroad in the following year at informative events at school but also outside of it.
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