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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, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The city state of Berlin has a youth unemployment rate of over 10 percent as of February 2015. Unfortunately Berlin therefore has Germany’s highest unemployment rate for citizens 25 years old or younger. This problematic situation leads directly to the most important goal of the project – improving the employability of apprentices, students in full-time vocational training as well as those who have just completed their vocational training course. We want to reach this goal by offering the target group customized high-quality learning settings abroad. To achieve this we will continue cooperating with the vocational schools, the companies training apprentices, the Chamber of Commerce as well as with the trade unions and professional institutions. An overriding objective of the project is to increase the integration of parents who have a migrant’s background, are young parents or disadvantaged learners into the work force. The following are the two MAIN activities we will offer the youths mentioned above: - internships abroad in their fields - project work abroad related to participants' vocational fields A majority of the participating youths will be from the following fields: clerical occupations, media, hotel, gastronomy, carpenters/joiners. These main activities will supported by the following FLANKING activities offered to professionals and student teachers in vocational training centers in Berlin: - Advanced and further training abroad with the topic “professionalizing the teacher’s acting in the classroom on the European level aiming to better prepare students for the European job market”. - Professional development training for school management staff regarding “students with special needs”. - Training for student teachers with the focus on „Learning from the Best in Europe – enhancing methodical expertise!” Our GoEurope mobility network encompasses 40 different partner organizations in 17 EU countries plus Turkey. All of our partners are specialized in the professional execution of Erasmus+ (formerly Leonardo-da-Vinci)-funded internship and project-work stays abroad . Most of them can draw on a network of a several hundred or more potential internship companies. They are well connected with the vocational training centers and political institutions in their respective regions. As soon as the decisive parameters of a mobility flow have been defined with our local training institutions the project is actively have selected and presented to the defined target group. As soon as the participants for a particular flow have been secured the partner organization in the host country is commissioned with carrying out the preparations for the flow. The quality of each flow is ensured by a number of measures, e. g. mid-term reports, evaluation meetings, accompanying visits and/or a preparatory visit. The most highly desired outcome of the stay abroad is always to improve the participants' employability (roughly 10 % of our participants even receive a job offer abroad), improved social integration of participants who are young parents, have a migration background or learning disabilities, improved proficiency in foreign languages as well as personality development. Furthermore, we intend to create excitement for the European Union in general amongst satisfied participants! All of them can be instrumental in internationalizing their educational institutions. Particularly by helping to create a functional network between the body responsible for the project and local partner organizations. Our network has been growing for nine years now and the long-term effects of our steady growth in terms of quality and numbers of participants are becoming ever more evident. By now 20 Berlin vocational training centers have already appointed an EU-Affairs Representative to manage their collaboration with us. Two vocational training centers now even offer vocational training courses with integrated mobility stays abroad. For our EUROPASS mobility ceremonies we are often honored to have Undersecretaries of State personally handing over the certificates to our proud young participants. A development towards an innovation and internationalization cluster including our local, national and international partners is becoming ever more visible. Junior and Senior Management as well as EU-Affairs Representatives are exchanging experiences and inspiring each other in their efforts towards enhanced employability of the youth. Last but not least close to 500 youths come back home every year - excited about their mobility experience abroad. They have gained personally - an experience they will be able to draw on during their whole (professional) life. We intend to continue down this road of enrichment in the new Erasmus+ program!

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