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Higher education student and staff mobility project
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: Sep 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

History and context : Lycée Jean Macé was first awarded the Erasmus charter for the 2008-2014 period, and is now listed on the Erasmus+ charter for the 2014-2020 period. With a school project focused on international opening, Lycée Jean Macé curriculum offers a wide range of foreign languages. It is also committed into partnerships with foreign institutions with now 9 operational school exchanges. In addition, the school has just applied for the authorization to open a bilingual French - Italian curriculum. Currently under study with the Academic authorities is the project of enlarging the offer for foreign languages in BTS (further education professional degree) with Chinese as an elective and the trial appointment of a Chinese assistant. Both our further education curricula comprise outgoing mobility as our students of Personal assistant and International Trade Business courses are expected to carry out an internship in an international context, preferably abroad, at the end of their first year of training. To this day 208 of our students have benefitted from Erasmus support over 8 years and this number has been growing steadily as more and more of them wish to benefit from Erasmus + every year. This evolution is indeed quite revealing of our students’ interest in this programme and of the positive feedback of the beneficiaries toward our freshmen. Unfortunately, we were not granted any of the internship scholarships (SMP) from the agency in 2015. The new software tool set up within the framework of the charter Erasmus + failed to warn us of the fact that our application for scholarships was not in keeping with our needs as was the case previously. This situation has been a true obstacle which hindered our students’ internships abroad. We have thus made the decision to convert the staff mobility for teaching (STA) and seminars (SMS) into two different types of internship mobility to face this difficulty. Our objectives are to: • Facilitate the international mobility of our students. • Improve their language skills. • Improve the quality and relevance of our further education courses. • Enhance the students’ cross-cultural awareness. • Enable our students to acquire professional skills and improve their level of qualification. • Comply with the requirements of the reference training programmes. Number and profile of our students: We have decided to select two particularly earnest students eager to seek an internship abroad and to grant them an internship scholarship. Unfortunately, sixteen other students applying to this scholarship cannot benefit from a scholarship, when most of them come from underprivileged backgrounds, and for whom mobility abroad is far from obvious when they join our course, especially as this constitutes a first professional experience abroad in most cases. Description of the activities conducted during internships abroad. Our students in Personal Assistant have to assist in all fields of organization, communication, information, and documentation in all types of structures (private firms, associations, administrations). Thus our student ALICE COOK carried out her work placement at CORK EDUCATION & TRAINING BOARD and provided support to the administrative service of the Board. Our students in International trade are expected to canvass and follow up the prospective clients of private firms, more especially small and middle size firms. APPOLINE COUALAN carried out her first year work placement in a Spanish company specialized in the production of cosmetics (Cosméticos Foráneos SL/Masglo Europa). She prospected on various European markets and updated the data base of prospective clients for the firm. Achievements in terms of results and impacts and long term benefits. For virtually all our students the period of mobility abroad has been particularly fulfilling in many respects: • Prior to the internship they have developed new skills in the way of looking for an internship, creating a data base, drawing up their CVs and covering letter, communicating by mail and being interviewed in a foreign language. • During the internship they have acquired and improved personal and specific professional skills among which strengthened autonomy, better mastery of foreign languages, improved interpersonal and communicative skills, and last but not least open mindedness. • After the internship they have expressed their wish to enlarge their experience of mobility through further studies abroad or an international professional carrier. In addition, vocational training abroad is more especially promoted as it is assessed within the framework of the certification for this degree. Our students’ vision of mobility and cross culturalism has also dramatically changed.

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