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Start date: Jul 1, 2016, End date: Jun 30, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"THE EUROPEAN TRUNK"The Lycée des Métiers d'Art Design-Mobilier-Décoration of Coarraze is a public establishment of professional formation located in the Pyrénées Atlantiques, on the mountains foothills. Between Pau and Lourdes in the plain of Nay, it sits within a semi-rural region of cabinet making tradition. It hosts young people between 15 and 22 years old, who graduated from Year 3 (Year 10 in the UK) in middle school ("collège") or from general Year 2 (Year 11) in senior school ("lycée"). It also accepts young adults who decided to resume their formation.The lycée offers courses in woodworking and furniture-making crafts: cabinetry, marquetry, decorative sculpture, upholstery (seating and soft furnishings) and a course in fitting-out of architectural space.Through our network, our students can train in the UK, Spain and Belgium since five years and the lycée wishes to extend that opportunity further with two more countries: Poland and Finland. The responsible team is each time more experienced and thus, the lycée is now gaining acknowledgement from our partners who are easily hosting our students and teachers.The OBJECTIVES of the "European trunk"- To combat educational under-performance,- To promote studies to level III ("post-bac"),- To help with job placement,- To promote a true European understanding by all,- To celebrate diversity, which is a source of wealth,- To inculcate respect and tolerance of others,- To promote self-reliance and to fight against the isolation of our future craftsmen,- To develop language skills and openness to other cultures,- To promote the exchange of skills between teachers, students and professionals.CANDIDATES PROFILE- Students having an education of level V, a CAP or a BEP,- Students having an education of level IV (Professional last year in lycée, or Bachelor of Art Work) and needing a Training Period in Professional Environment to obtain their diploma,- Teachers outside the languages field (mostly in Professional Teaching) engaged in that European program and wishing to develop their skills and share knowledge with their homologous from abroad.- 51 candidates: 44 students + 7 teachers (3 formation mobilities + 4 monitoring mobilities)DESCRIPTION and METHODOLOGY of the ACTIVITIES- Underpinning of the project: the "European Trunk" in the school project,- Before the placement: explanation of the program to students; applications; selection; contact with host families and hosts organisms; linguistic and cultural preparation,- During the four weeks of training: work experience with a craftsman selected on the basis of their own expectations and the needs of the participant; writing of a logbook by the candidate; various cultural centres visits and traditions discovery of the local area; individual language lessons in the UK for the students of AEA; assessment by a teacher (the mark is kept confidential and accounts for the diploma),- After the placement: satisfaction survey; review by steering committee; writing of the Europass and the report by the candidates; report on the placement drafted and presented in French and in the language of the host country by the candidate to a jury made up of both teachers and professionals (their mark accounts for the diploma); interview of the facultative option of European Mobility; presentation of the placement through a slide-show projected during Erasmus+ Day; awarding of the Europass and the Europro diploma by the Headteacher; press release and uploading on the lycée's website,- The teachers will share their experiences during a specific day opened to all staff and professionals with whom we work.EXPECTED IMPACT and RESULTS- At the personal level: discovering and sharing practices and skills,- Bringing together knowledge across Europe,- Promotion of exchanges between European teachers and craftsmen,- Evolution of the establishment project toward international level,- Creation of a European section in our school (courses provided in English),- Improvement of cultural projects,- Promotion of post-bac and post BMA formations for our students,- Energizing our admissions: arts and crafts division—the largest industrial sector in France—is commonly unknown by parents and students despite their capacity to offer a real flowering of individuals and to support the economy as a whole,- Educational impact through removing barriers between the disciplines that are taught and the real experience in company,- Creation of teaching tools: lexicons of technical vocabulary in three languages…- Progression towards a personal and European citizenship dynamic.The Erasmus+ program offers a wealth of personal and professional advantages to young people and prepares them to become responsible European citizens. Its positive effects are felt as much by the teachers as the professionals, whose interests in participating increases at every work placement opportunity.
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