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Grenzeloos Ontwikkelen 4
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

HMC mbo vakschool, is the only specialized school for Interior Design/Advice and Manufacturing Furniture in The Netherlands. We have two locations: Rotterdam and Amsterdam with a total of about 3000 students.Our vocational secondary school strongly believes in international work placements in order to strengthen the idea of European citizenship, the development of personal competencies and to expand the (labour) perspectives of pupils. In order to make this international work placements available for more students we are apply for an Erasmus+ Mobility Project for the fourth time now. This project GO4 will be the follow-up of GO! (Grenzeloos Ontwikkelen = Borderless Development) and GO2! (Ga ook! - Go too!) and GO+. For this project we have found partners in Belgium, The United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Malta. GO!, 2012: 17 work placements; GO2!, 2013: 42 work placements and GO+! 2014: approximately 60 participants. For GO4 we expect 70 - 80 participants Our students for this internship are in the age of 18 – 20 and are studying Interior Design, Manufacturing Furniture, Upholstery or shipcarpentry. The Interior Design students are mainly female and specialize in consultancies in how to furnish private homes, offices, restaurants etc. They often get jobs in specialized shops for interior design. The students of the Manufacturing Furniture department specialize in wooden furniture, Custom-made (ship) interiors, restorations or piano technique . GO4 exists of three projectlines: 1. The work placements and language course of two weeks organised by partner organisations in The United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Malta. 2. The individual work placements thoughout the world. 3. A study and workbased learning for post graduate students in cooperation with foreign colleges. The students have to do research before they go. They look into cultural and natural aspects of the country. They make a list of Do's and Don't 's. They part in the Erasmus+ linguistic assessments and preparation. HMC wants to promote foreign work placements. Students are allowed to go all over the world. Some students are afraid to undertake this adventure. For those students we created project line 1. Our partners will create secure circumstances for our students. In all project lines the benefits for our students are tremendous: They return more independent and self assured. Their social, cultural and vocational horizon has broadened, . They are no more afraid to use foreign languages. Parallel to GO4 for our students we organise a GO4 project for our teaching staff. It concerns special courses on Malta to train colleagues to be an ambassador for foreign work placements for students within their own department and vocational work placements for colleagues at leading foreign companies. In this way we hope to enlarge the level of knowledge and to strengthen our international orientation. We want international experiences to be an every day aspect of our organisation inwhich we all take part.
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