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Immersion Professionnelle au Royaume Uni
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 30 Jun 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Many students of the vocational high school of Trinité operate in a difficult socio-cultural context and are in the process of dropping out. Many of them have never left Martinique and do not consider this possibility.The objective of this project is to revitalize and involve them in their learning so that they can project themselves and have a clear career plan to consider employability, to enable them to acquire the necessary skills in daily life and increase self-confidence, enrich their CV and get positive references, develop their knowledge of the English language using the four skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing but also the syntax and vocabulary, optimize their chances to succeed their exam since, from this year, they can present their internship abroad as an option. It's also giving them the opportunity, they have never had to discover a totally different environment, to consider other perspectives and allow them an opening on their professional orientation.Thus we chose to try it this year with 10 students aged 17-19 years, educated in mechanical section (section where students have great need of recognition and work on improving the image of itself).This program will be carried out over one month with the partnership of CONLAN school that has two training centers, one in Abergele in Wales and one in Chester in the North of England.Students will be accommodated full board in families in Abergele (2 per family) and will be placed in companies according to their professional and language level. This immersion will enable them to understand the daily work and to be confronted with the reality of life in Wales.Throughout the period, the students will be monitored and advised. Review meetings will be organized. They will be assisted to achieve their CVs and possibly make contact with other companies that may match their career plans.In addition to the professional activities, they will have the opportunity to visit local universities and companies. They will also be engaged in leisure activities such as football or swimming. Two tours will be held in Liverpool, Manchester, Snowdania National Park and Salford Quays. They will also have the opportunity to visit the company Jaguar Land Rover.This action by allowing students to improve their professional and English language skills and, at the same time, their cognitive abilities, will contribute, regarding the students, initially to increase the exam pass rates, which will lead to either a continuation of studies or a better professional integration .Regarding the vocational high school, the school plan will include training abroad for all students during their studies before the exam which will result in a change in the teachers’ practices (they will have to work together, the educational content should take into account external requirements, achieving partnerships will become systematic) and the prospect of opening a euro-Caribbean section.A communication strategy will be developed to enhance and sustain the project. The web site of the school will report on all these actions that will be relayed to the rectory. Furthermore, leaflets and slideshows will provide a relevant illustration at events such as open days, for example, articles will be written in the press and reports will be broadcasted on the radio and television media.
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