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Start date: 01 Jul 2016, End date: 30 Jun 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our school is eager to offer its students possibilities to grow, both in their scholastic career as in their further career in a workplace environment. We are aware that this can be accomplished by respectively applying activating teaching methods and by developing competences in line with the needs of the corporate world. Offering our students an international internship of two weeks as an administrative assistant is by far the most ideal way of obtaining the curriculum objectives of our Office Management course. The added value of an internship in a French speaking corporate environment, lies within meeting the growing demand for multilingual employees by our Belgian companies. Due to the bilingual reality of Belgian commerce and the globalization in general, firms tend to add a lot of value to multilingualism in regard to recruiting new employees. Furthermore, our students will acquire new insights in the French corporate world and will broaden their horizons. As to contextualizing this in an European Project, this will only ameliorate European bonds and boost cultural tolerance.In regard to this project, our students of our Office management course are our main targets. They often suffer from weariness regarding attending school and frequently deal with issues concerning the course itself. By offering them an international traineeship, they consciously sign up for this specific course and they feel appreciated in their personality and scholastic profile.The project Melle- Melle offers us the possibility to continue our current course of international partnerships. Previous projects, quite similar in goals and objectives, were received well and were published as an example of ‘good practice’ in the booklet issued in the light of the 18th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci In Flanders. The positive evaluation of these projects, by all parties involved, led to the idea of relaunching this project and adjust it where needed. The collaboration with partners is based upon earlier partnerships. The content of the internship is thoroughly prepared and drawn up in cooperation with the companies involved in the trainee programme. This way all parties involved know what is expected of them and are aware of the objectives to obtain.For the next two years, we want to give the opportunity to 24 of our students to do an internship as administrative assistant in an organization or company in Melle, France. These companies/organizations are part of the social/public sector: city hall, library, tourist office, public hospital, …. The students stay in host families. That way, the integration in French culture and immersion in the French language will be complete and absolute. Additionally, they will be participating in a number of organized activities (excursions during the weekend, sports, cultural activities…). Besides working as an administrative assistant, they will have to show their sales skills by promoting and selling Flemish local produce during the local weekly fair in Melle, France. There’s no question about the impact of this project and the CLIL project at our school on the success rate of our students and we therefore hope to counter the current tendency of juvenile unemployment. Furthermore, we want to motivate our office management students and contribute to a realistic but healthy and positive self-image. Additionally, this project gives all participants a chance to work on their language skills, and thus improving them. This will have a positive effect on the students, as well as the teachers and the school itself.
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