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MAC+5 : Meilleurs sur le Marché de l'emploi en Méditerranée dans l'Académie d'Aix - Marseille grâce à la Mobilité
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Academy of Aix-Marseille and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region signed a Youth Pact on January 24, 2014 which enshrines PACA dropout prevention and international mobility as major challenges. International mobility is a tool for social mobility and socio-professional integration of young people and preventing early school leaving. The strategy of "MAC + 5: Best on the labor market in the Mediterranean area in the Academy of Aix-Marseille through Mobility" was to increase the (low) level of international openness of the vocational high schools but also the euro-Mediterranean anchor and strengthen ties with the Anglophone countries underrepresented while English, Spanish, and Italian are dominant in learning. Since figures for absenteeism and dropout are the highest in vocational high schools, the DAREIC, GIP FICP Academic and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region supported 12 schools of the Academy in the implementation of work experiences in Europe for 112 students in Bac Professionnel who represent a socio-culturally disadvantaged population, with little or no opportunity for mobility. The sectors concerned are: Healthcare, Industrial Equipment Maintenance, Commerce, Logistics, Professional Driver for the carriage of Goods, Transportation Operations, Electro technology, Electronics, Customer and Users Relationship and Welcoming, Management / Administration and Fashion Trades. The consortium gave the opportunity to share ideas around priority educational key issues, facilitate mobility activities and provide added value in terms of quality through the pooling of expertise, sharing of good practices and a common synergy. Consortium members have used a collaborative platform named M@gistère throughout the project. Young people regained their self- confidence and overcome their fears and prejudices; learning mobility and developing the consciousness of a world facing Europe allowed them to consider post-secondary studies, to improve their school performance, their skills by upgrading the image of vocational education, professional career and self-esteem, which improve their educational investment, reduce absenteeism and prevent school dropout. The objective of this project was to provide these young people with the opportunity to experiment mobility for a better employability. This was achieved through the dissemination of information, personalized pre-departure coaching and by making the most of gained experience thus creating the conditions for educational success. We used European certificates (Europass CV and Europass Mobility) and students received mobility credits. Along with the preparation by teachers, reinforced support was offered by using specialized structures in supporting the mobility of young people having fewer opportunities through non-formal education methods. When they came back to France, young people worked on the transmission of experience and enhancement of the project within the school with 1st year pupils to act as multipliers of European mobility by blowing the desire and motivation to their peers. GIP FCIP, the project initiator facilitated administrative and financial procedures in partnership with schools financial management services. The DAREIC coordinated all the preparation, implementation and enhancement of mobility activities of each school working together with the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region that participated in the monitoring of the themes related to school dropout prevention and to formal and non formal education as well as to the promotion of the project. The GIP-FCIP, DAREIC and Region worked as a steering committee that evaluated and measured the impact of the project thanks to very specific indicators that show: - better results at the Bac Professionnel - improved language skills - increased enrollment and acceptance of participants in BTS - acquisition of new professional practices - acquisition of greater motivation and development of citizenship - undeniable improvement of the image of vocational schools - harmonization of practices, use of European and national tools by a larger number of students in the Academy. - increase in mobility in the Academy - involvement of foreign companies in the European mobility programs which means long-term partnerships. - better employability. We have built an education shared between the National Education services, the voluntary sector and local authorities in order to facilitate the transition from school success to professional and social success through the enhancement of learning outcomes acquired during an international mobility.

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