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KBS in Dublin 2016
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project (project name “KID 2016“) offers trainees the possibility to do a three-week internship in an Irish company. All of them are either training to be an industrial business management assistant, bank business management assistant or a management assistant in wholesale and foreign trade. The project is run by the ‘Berufliches Schulzentrum Wangen’ (BSW), a vocational school that is the initiator of the project and that is responsible for the preparation as well as for the follow-up of the time abroad. These processes include the selection of the applicants, communicative and cultural preparation of the participants, organization of the travel and the evaluation of the project. In doing so the BSW cooperates with its partner ‘Irish Education Partners’ (IEP), located in Dublin and with local companies providing the training in Germany.Due to globalization and the companies’ growing internationalization our trainees are facing more diverse challenges and are thus required to communicate in foreign languages and to develop intercultural competences. Therefore, our project “KID 2016” aims to achieve the following aims: The project is designed to enable the trainees to apply and broaden their acquired professional knowledge and competences in an Irish company and to improve their oral and written performance in the English language. Furthermore, they are expected to expand their horizons by getting to know the Irish culture and lifestyle, as well as by developing an understanding for the country’s history. The project is going to take place from 22 October to 12 November 2016. In Dublin the trainees are going to work in companies of different economic sectors from Monday to Friday. Sundays are reserved for a cultural program, which includes excursions to the different districts of Dublin as well as to the West Coast and to Northern Ireland.By successfully completing the internship, the participants will develop an understanding for the working environment in Dublin. They enlarge their professional competences as they get to know different working routines. While they live in Irish families and work in Irish companies they develop their language skills, particularly their semantic knowledge connected to daily life and vocation. Furthermore, they will enhance methodical skills which can be applied at school and at their workplace in Germany. Their personal development and their gain of independence are of immense significance.In the long term the German employers profit from their trainees’ experiences overseas and hence gain internationally experienced, mobile and professional staff. Furthermore, the economic region Oberschwaben / Allgäu benefits from the cultural awareness of the region’s highly qualified workforce.
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