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GoEurope - wir bringen Berliner in Bewegung: Mobilität für Auszubildende, Berufsschüler, Absolventen der beruflichen Bildung, Referendare und Berufsbildungsexperten.
Start date: Jun 1, 2014, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Context/Project Background; This project is the last in a string of mobility projects related to the certificate that was awarded to the Friedrich-List-Schule in 2009 covering one of our projects (interim report in 2012), funded with EU mobility grants. Due to this constellation only a shortened application for this 2014 project was required - so we didn’t have answers to the full application available as a benchmark for answering the (full) final report questions for this 2014 project. But this does not pose a serious problem as this project‘s activities were carried out applying the methods used in previous projects, cooperating with our partners in a fashion that has evolved since 2009 (and before) – adhering to the current Erasmus+ requirements by fine-tuning our approach. During the span of this project the EU internationalization strategy of our governing body, the Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Wissenschaft (SenBJW) has evolved significantly. One positive outcome is that our organizational unit (Arbeitsbereich GoEurope) now directly reports to a senior school inspector (Mr. Ulrich Schunder) of SenBJW, enhancing our overall standing. A logical development as we are focussed on providing mobility options to apprentices and students from all vocational schools in Berlin. The SenBJW postulated a benchmark of 10% of all Berliners‘ in vocational training participating in a mobility program by the year 2020 - this project was an important milestone towards reaching this ambitious goal. This goal is derived from the high unemployment rate amongst under-25s in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. When the application for this project was handed in the unemployment rate for under-25s was at 15.7%, well above the national average. Goals The most important goal this project was directly related to the high rate of youth unemployment – to significantly improve the employability of apprentices, students in vocational training programs and recent graduates by offering high-quality and customized-to-demand stays abroad with learning/working opportunities in cooperation with the vocational training centers in Berlin, apprenticeship employers, chambers of commerce and trade associations as well as our partners in different European countries. Additionally the „EU competence of the schools‘ management/school inspectors was to be enhanced and the local institutions were to benefit through knowledge-transfer and internationalization. A higher-level project aim was social inclusion – especially supporting participants who were young parents, had a migration background or learning disabilities. Total number and profile of the participants; We were able to award 524 of the 527 allotted grants to participants (99.4 %), this resulted in 94.4% of the appropriated EU-funding being utilized to the benefit of the stipendaries. Our participants were trained at over 20 vocational training centers (plus „Pool“-participants) and represented more than 25 different vocations. A large number were being trained in clerical jobs as well as creative professions. Roughly 70% of our participants were female. Only very few were underage, a good 80% between the ages of 18 to 25, roughly 15% 25-years or older. A notable portion of our participants has a migration background, helping these participants to improve their professional skills was one of our foremost concerns. Description of the activites carried out; Main activities for the apprentices, students in vocational training as well as recent graduates from vocational training courses were the following (no matter which area of training they were in): - Internships abroad - project work courses and project work abroad Important flanking activities were such designed for schools‘ management/school inspectors as well as student teachers - taking into account their current development reuquirements. Results and effects From our perspective promoting the participants‘ self-confidence and social skills (target groups VET-School and VET-Comp) was a decisive result. Many participants came into the project with fairly low self-esteem and returned from their stays abroad having matured remarkably. Having coped successfully with the challenge of going abroad improved their self-confidence notably. 90% of our participants were able to integrate into the workplace setting abroad fairly easily. This proves that they were able to master the intercultural challenge in addition to communicating in a foreign language. Long-term benefits By successfully carrying out this project SenBJW‘s strategy to further internationalize vocational education was advanced significantly. Besides numerous articles on this project‘s work being published it was particularly the ceremonies for awarding the EUROPASS Mobility (e. g. on March 2, 2016 at the German Pension Fund) that raised awarenes for the benefits of the Erasmus+ program.
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