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Start date: Jun 1, 2014, End date: May 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In the project partners from Ireland, Iceland, Great Britain, Italy and Germany and 27 students from the vocational college in Wolfsberg (in short HLW) are involved. 23 female students and three male students are 17 years old, one student is already 19 because by the time she does her internship in Britain she will already have passed her A-level exams. All the other students have to do a 12-week-placement between the third and the fourth year of our school to be allowed to take the final exams two years later. That why for them the school year already ends at the end of May and starts again on the first Monday in October. They have to do their compulsory training within these four months. At our school there are three different focuses: 1. nutrition-economics-wellness, 2. third modern language and 3. media studies. Most of the students taking part in the Erasmus Plus project are students of focus 1 and 3. They have very good English skills as well as good Italian/French skills. Some of them have even attended optional subjects like Russian, 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. Taking part in this project is therefore useful for the students in many respects. By working in a foreign countries they can 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 are to destroy prejudices, become more open-minded and tolerant. And last but not least participants are to become more mobile, even at an early age. The results of the project will be 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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