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Start date: Sep 1, 2014, End date: Aug 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project of 3-week internship program in Spain is destinated for 60 participants of Voluntary Labour Corps (OHP) from the area of province Warmia and Mazury, which are getting their degrees in: bakery, pastry, mechanics and electromechanics, 16-18 year-old. Young people from Environmental Labour Corps in Elblag study at Initial Vocational Training School and for participants from Training and Education Centre (OSiW) OHP in Mragowo basic vocational training is provided and it is carried out in OSiW workshops. The project is going to be carried out by W-M WK OHP in partnership with euroMIND and La Laguna school and Salesian school. The project focused on operational objectives of ERASMUS + program which are the followings: development of competencies and skills through learning mobility and cooperation between two worlds: education and work; development of international dimension of education and training, especially through cooperation between institutions from the countries participating in the program with institutions from the partner program countries in the education sector, vocational training and university education; teaching and learning of foreign languages. The main objective of the project is to enable participants to gain professional skills and competencies, as well as practical use of acquired theoretical knowledge of their vocational training areas in the context of the European market, recognizing new trends in their sectors and Spanish language acquisition. The internship program based on the elements of ECVET system responds directly to need for organization the educational process which taking into account abilities, demanded by employers. The target group of this action are young people from Voluntary Labour Corps (OHP) from communities suffering social marginalization, with disciplinary problems and having difficulties with compulsory education. OHP participants recruited from poor families with low incomes, usually with unemployment problems and social pathologies. Young people who grow up in this situation have problems with social adaptation, finishing their studies and finding a job. One reason of difficulties in finding a job is the lack of skills and professional preparation which meet the employers´ expectations, so the project involves an international traineeship in companies from the same sector in which youth people do their training, cooperating with euroMIND organization, which will improve young people’s ability to adapt and their flexibility to meet the requirements related to the nature of every workplace. The project, through internship stay, personal training, cultural animation, Spanish course (A1 level) and OHP vocational counselor’s support for preparation, involves improving professional and language skills of young people, but also enabling them to change their attitude towards life and their mentality, increasing their self-esteem and convincing them to take responsibility for their situation and future career. Learning outcomes established in Memorandum of Understanding, signed by the project partners, will be validated by the vocational teachers from partner organizations Salesian School and La Laguna, based on ECVET principles for evaluation. During their stay in Spain, young people will participate in specialist Spanish Course for Professional Purpose and cultural activities. Thanks to the Europass Mobility and Europass CV and the certificate confirming knowledge of foreign language, participants achieve better labour market mobility and thanks to its soft and hard skills in case of lack of job opportunities in their locality, they are able to undertake a jobsearch in other another region, province or even other country. Taking part in international internship and preparatory training will contribute to mentality change in youth participants. It will manifest in greater faith in their own strength and conviction that they can change their own fate and manage their lives. Their attitude after their participation in the internship will have a positive impact on the local environment , other OHP participants, on family or friends. In rural communities affected social marginalization, structural unemployment and social pathologies, they will be an example of possibility to change their situation and to take steps to improve their situation. Local businessmen working in industries related with the training profile of participants will gain skilled workers who have had the opportunity to familiarize with modern technologies or organization systems at work. Obviously, they can make use of this knowledge in local factories, which will increase their competitiveness in the market. Six months after the end of the project will be carried out qualitative research to measure the social impact at the local level.

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