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Level Playing Field
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The "Level Playing Field" project to strengthen employability and cultural competence for students at full-time vocational schools on the part of Euro-Berufsfachschule für Wirtschaft und Fremdsprachen Bamberg -- with special consideration of beneficiaries from disadvantaged families -- is seamlessly embedded in the full-time vocational trainings offered by the school. It is our paramount concern to enable our students to have hands-on job experience and make practical use of their linguistic proficiency acquired at the school. In participating in the project, we are hoping to counter one of the weaker aspects of full-time vocational school, which is the strong theoretical orientation from which the needs for this project are directly derived. We would like to participate in the Erasmus+ programme in order to allow our trainees to practically apply their profound theoretical knowledge as well as to inspire them for the European idea and motivate them to an even better performance during their traineeship. The desired practical application of knowledge is supposed to be carried out within the framework of commercial work placements abroad, partly researched by the beneficiaries themselves, partly brokered by the school through partner agencies in other countries. The sending as well as the receiving organisation will be in close coordination with one another in order to establish the work-placement contents in order to cater to the strengths and weaknesses of beneficiaries. Prospective candidates are able to take their work placements after the first or second year of a two-stage vocational training. Both points in time afford various interesting opportunities and possibilities - a motivation for one's own professional training in the second year, or first hands-on job experience after the successful graduation from the school. The execution of the project is carried out while maintaining close contact between the sending organisation, the beneficiaries and the receiving organisation. One of our strongest and most successful international cooperations in recent years, the partnership with Work Experience Wales and its Director Jim Cooney, is to be continued and expanded in 2015. We expect the work placements abroad to lead to sustainable motivation of our graduates for life-long learning and international orientation, and hope to be able to offer comprehensively and holistically trained employees to the local, regional, national and international job markets - employees who not only manage to convince by means of their professional expertise, but also through their open-minded and confident personalities. Strengthening career opportunities and improving professional prospects is a direct result of the international experience. By being involved in monitoring and evaluation, through our school as well as through partner organisations, participants receive practical insight into modern-day project management, which will motivate them to independently disseminate their work-placement results, for example within the framework of information events at the school.
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