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Kungsmadskolan in Europe - Vocational Training with International Perspectives
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The background to the project we are seeking funds for is our established cooperation with a number of companies in Italy and the UK. City of Växjö is an expansive, but relatively small municipality with much focus on long term and sustainable European Partnerships. We want the project to be a part of this expansive and cooperative approach. Support can also befound in goals for our local school board our school's branding strategy, which point out international cooperation as a way forward to strengthen our students' competitiveness and attractiveness for future work and increase in quality of the education. EU's objective of increasing the mobility of more students on the vocational side, and to ensure that the professional development of professionals raise the quality of teaching are also catered for by our project. Our project would with EU support develop a valuable cooperation into an excellent long-term collaboration. The hospitality industry is an ever-expanding sector. We as an educational institution need to have a European outlook in order to adapt both our students' professional skills and develop our training to suit the international reality that many of our students will face after graduation. Previous experiences of international cooperation have been that students' professional skills and professional pride as well as their personal development with language training and cultural exchange have improved and strengthened both those directly involved and other students. Experiences and impulses from collaborations with Europe allow us to ensure that the training is, and constantly develop to be, relevant even in an international perspective. Students from the Hotel and Tourism-programme (hotel/conference) and the Restaurant /food programme (kitchen/serving and restaurant pastry) are selected on criteria related to academic achievement, involvement and interest and language studies. Students should also have good attendance and be good ambassadors for the school and their program. Students are prepared for their internship abroad in terms of both language and practical issues. This is done by teachers and through students who previously have made their internship abroad. We also intend to utilize the language support available in the OLS. For two years, we hope to send a total of 30 students on internship for 8 weeks each to our four partners. By meeting with concept and comprehensive solutions available at our partner hotels, students can develop and practically apply their theoretical and basic skills in an international and sophisticated environment. They get through their internship a comprehensive experience of the objectives of Work Placement Education. On the restaurants included in the project students meet meal services of the highest quality. Through well-designed documents relating to monitoring and evaluation and mapping of placements and internships, as well as log books, we constantly monitor students' development. We also o visit internships for evaluation with students and tutors. In addition, we hope to add job shadowing to develop cooperation and quality of both internships and education in general. We plan for a total of 3 staff exchanges within the project. Students are expected after the completion of the work placement to plan and implement a theme day where they present their experiences and inform other students about what practice abroad has given them; partly as an evaluation of international internship and partly as a promotion to other students. Recognition of foreign work placements will also be made at our annual supervisor meeting where students talk about their experiences for our local work placement partners. We hope that our annual supervisor meeting may also include international work places. We make a first attempt this spring and hope to develop this into an annual activity where international industry contacts are included in the development of education and the evaluation and planning of work placements. It might also be possible for international partners to come to us and participate in teaching and maybe in the long run for exchanges between local and international business partners. Language skills are followed up through language tool OLS. Europass will be used to document the international practice and supplement students' resumes. The students' diplomas are supplemented with information about their internship and we intend to statistically monitor how and where they are employed in six months after graduation. The job shadowing and visits with our business partners will be disseminated and picked up by the organization in the daily work through presentations in the school's work teams and through a final report

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