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HAK Neumarkt goes International - Tools for Success in Intercultural Business
Start date: Jul 25, 2016, End date: Jul 24, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

WEX Shrewsbury 2016/17 is submitted by the HAK Neumarkt (Vocational College of Business Administration), initiated by the English teacher and sports teacher and will be executed in 2016/17. 15 students, from the fourth year International Business Class will participate. The students are 17-18 years old.The following teachers are reponsible for the project planning, execution and evaluation in Austria:Gillian Bowen MA, (English teacher and contact person for project), Mag. Bettina Grünbart (English, German and PE teacher).The pupils stay on their own with selected host families and spend ten days working in a business organisation. On the middle weekend, the pupils take part in cultural activities organised by their teachers and the host families.Objectives:a) to improve the skills and key competences of our pupils in VET - to gain insights into the world of work in the United Kingdom. - active participation in work processes - application and improvement of language skills through immersion in work place and host family, - strengthening of the pupils' social and intercultural competences and their personal development.b) The project is intended to enhance the language and business skills acquired by the participating students while attending the HAK Neumarkt / International Business Class. The project also serves to reduce the pupils' - i.e. the future workforce's - reluctance to work abroad, to increase their willingness to be mobile as well as to considerably improve their chances on the labour market.c) The project aims to improve the abilities and skills of the students on manifold levels. Staying with a host family as the only German speaking guest develops their self-reliance and self-responsibility and offers pupils the opportunity to immerse themselves totally in both everyday life and work life in the host country and to try out and consolidate their English skills.Unlike a pure language project the students gain experience in the world of work through personal contact with their employers, colleagues or customers. Regardless of how dedicated their teachers might be, such an invaluable element of real life can never be achieved in the classroom situation.The culture and characteristics of a foreign county can also be introduced at school, but only immersion in the respective country's everyday life can bring real understanding.Due to the fact that the students will have worked on the project "HAK Neumarkt goes International - Tools for Success in Intercultural Business" in advance, the WEX project is not an isolated, single event but is embedded in a long-term project that aims to awaken and develop the students willingness to work and act beyond national borders throughout Europe.

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