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Haugaland VGS - Mobilitet
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 31 Jul 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In this application we are applying for project funding for the school year 2016/2017 for 2 students on the Health Worker course (duration 2 weeks), 2 students studying Child and Youth Care (duration 2 weeks ), 2 students on the ICT Service course (duration 4 weeks), 2 students on the Sales, Service and Security course (duration 4 weeks) and 2 students on the Building and Construction course (duration 4 weeks). All these courses are Level 2 courses. The project area is Cambridge, England - FE college.Through this project, the school aims to enhance the implementation of secondary education, prevent dropouts and improve recruitment to Health Worker training, Child and Youth Care, ICT technical services, Sales and service and Building and Construction, as well as show students that they have chosen a very universal vocation which can be practiced globally. Students will gain international work experience and have a motivating practical experience. Through practice in England the students will get to know people of different ages and associate quality of life with community, activity, health and well-being in a society with a different cultural background. Cultural understanding and tolerance is very important in the professions of nursing and health care, ICT technical service, Business Studies and Building and Construction, where people, like our students, very often work in multicultural workplaces. The students will also experience practical excursions, with instruction from professionals. The project will provide the students with new knowledge of their chosen profession, as well as knowledge about England. Feedback from previous participants shows participants have increased motivation to continue with and complete their vocational training.Secondary schools find that, within the above-mentioned areas of education, students, instead of going out to learn a trade and complete their apprenticeship after two years of upper secondary school, are choosing to take a third year with intensive study in general subjects. This is the case, despite the great need for skilled workers in the labour market. Another worrying trend is the increased numbers of dropouts in secondary vocational education nationwide. The most frequent cause for dropping out is low/no motivation to attend school. (Statistics Rogaland County). For students in Health Worker training, Child and Youth Care, ICT technical services, Business studies and Building and Construction the aim of this project is that they will have new and different experiences and broader skills related to work, which in turn will contribute to increased competence in their area of expertise. The experience the students gain from their international schooling and internship will positively affect their further education. All previous participants have completed their education without dropping out, and have proved to be highly motivated and successful learners. Several of the Health Care students have been offered temporary summer employment and apprenticeships. These excellent results are proof that the project has become an important part of the education offered at Haugaland Upper Secondary School.For students in Health Worker training, Child and Youth Care, ICT technical services ,Business Studies and Building and Construction, the aim of the project is directly related to education that provides experience with and increased expertise in working in a minority language environment, with people from different cultural backgrounds representative of the country they live in. These experiences in England will be useful in their further education.Levels of cooperation / those involved with the project:Our School (Haugaland Upper Secondary School) has formal responsibility for the students throughout their internship/schooling. The school’s contact group, who live in Norway, are Jorunn Espelid, Tim Golding, Arne Håland,Rune Karlsen, Ingfrid R. Staupe and Stine Prøysen. They will also have the practical responsibility for the students throughout the internship/schooling, including arranging the student’s leisure time. Two teachers from the language department at our school will also be involved during the whole project period. Together, this contact group will liase between workplace, school, and accomodation and have regular contact with the workplace supervisors . They will also conduct a final evaluation.The subject teachers will be responsible for the professional supervision/support of the students during practical training, via the Internet, LMS Skype and telephone. A teacher will travel to Cambridge and be present for a provisional medio- evaluation, together with the contact person and the student's onsite tutor/mentor.
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