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International experience - key to success 4!
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Praxis-HAK is an Austrian vocational school with higher education entrance qualification. We provide our students’ with a professional and up-to-date education, which facilitates a good and quick entrance into the working world.In recent years, in and around Völkermarkt, there has been a growing demand for a workforce with international experience, professional qualifications, transparent mobility and especially language competence. The new program Erasmus+ enables us to prepare the students for these business demands.As the applicant (home institution) we managed to acquire one business in Slovenia and one in Italy (host institutions) to work with us. In summer 2016 six students will do their internships abroad (four students in Slovenia and two in Italy). We are still searching for additional partners in Slovenia and Italy. In the future (next school year 2016/17), we would like to offer English-speaking countries as well, for students show great interest in expanding their English knowledge.The six students who are going to do the internship abroad are keen language users. They will work for our excellent partner companies which have already signed long-term partnership agreements with our school. In the 2016/17 school year, we would like to acquire additional partner companies.Through participating in the Erasmus+ support program, the students will not only expand and perfect their professional skills but also their language abilities. In addition, they will get to know a foreign culture and its people and build social networks for the future. Such experiences are of vital importance to young people when it comes to shaping their personalities. Also, it can be a stepping-stone for building their future.The partner companies are willing to share their daily work with the students and will assign them a mentor who will accompany and support them throughout the entire internship. Moreover, the mentor will hold several talks with the students, record their professional skills, and language competencies. In the end, they will put them into writing in the form of a learning agreement.In addition, the partner companies pledged to give the students a respective certificate (personal assessment) and the Europass-Mobility of the internship.During the internship the students will not only record their tasks but also their professional and private experiences in order to publish them on the school website at the end of the project. We also plan to have the students organize an event in Völkermarkt to thank the host institutions in person and on behalf of the school again with hopes to foster relationships between the school and the companies.
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