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HLUW-Schüler in der europäischen Arbeitswelt – ein Austausch von Fähigkeiten und Kompetenzen
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The primary background of the project is the so-called „long internship" of our school, the HLUW Yspertal (Higher School for Economics and Environment of the Cistercian mmonastery in Zwettl). This school is unique in Austria regarding its curricular emphasis on economics and environmental issues, leading up to the A-level exams after 5 years of schooling. A further unique aspect, in addition to the curriculum, are additional qualifications, a tight cooperation with international schools and local economy.In the course of the five years, it is obligatory to do a three-month internship, in which the pupils have to gain practical experience in fields relating to the curriculum: laboratory work, office work, and production work. These internships can be done locally or abroad. In order to give all pupils, even those from financially weaker families, the chance to do their internship abroad, we are trying to get support from the Erasmus+ project. Regarding the partnership with Erasmus+, the HLUW can look back on years of successful co-operation comprising 11 Erasmus+ (formerly Leaonardo) projects with 43 companies in 11 different countries.This year, there are 13 pupils from our third form are looking forward to their internships abroad with the help of Erasmus+. Suitable partner companies have been found in Ireland, Great Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands. All pupils have already signed learning agreements with the partner companies. Support from Erasmus+ enables us to ensure a good quality of the internships.The project always starts in September with informing the parents and pupils about Erasmus+. After finding suitable partner companies, the framework of conditions is defined. During the internship stay, we constantly try to maintain the quality of the training by adopting parts of the ECVET. After supervision by a contact person, a Personal Transcript and a Europass are compiled.The aim of the project is improvement of the competences required by our curriculum. Due to the wide scope of our curriculum, the focus in the various internships will vary, with this year’s activities focussing on production, sciences and sustainability. By doing the internship abroad, further aspects gain importance: improvement of linguistic competence (this year especially in English), improvement of personal and social competence, increasing knowledge of different approaches and ways of work and quality management. This all intensifies the idea of a common Europe. These diverse aspects are expected to increase the competitiveness and employability of our pupils and thus, indirectly, boost the competitiveness of Europe as a whole.Besides the positive effects on the pupils, the school itself and its partner companies also profit from the cultural and technical exchange, since international internships are supposed to increase the transfer of knowledge and thereby the quality of the training at our school as well as the competences within the partner companies. By means of a thorough documentation of this project and by publishing (project reports, publication in the school yearbook and on the school’s homepage, in local newspapers, project presentations and information on our school’s open days) the results of these projects and the idea behind Erasmus+ will be made more widely known.
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