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Mobil in Europa - Europraktika in der beruflichen Erstausbildung LG-MIE V
Start date: Jul 1, 2016, End date: Jun 30, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The vocational schools Berufsbildende Schulen I Lueneburg (applicant organization) and Berufsbildende Schulen Winsen (Luhe) are cooperating within Key Action 1 – of the new Erasmus+ Program. In this process, the EU-Teams of both schools work closely together and strive to disseminate the idea of a united Europe in the region.In the first place, the target group consists of apprentices within the “Duale System” (a dual system of a vocational school and a training company that share the responsibility of educating apprentices during the time of their apprenticeships) at both schools. Secondly, students attending a full-time course that leads to graduation are applicable and finally, the teachers, training supervisors and the representatives of our European partners.The students are eager to gain new experiences in professional business situations in order to improve their intercultural decision-making, responsibility and language competence and thus qualify for the European labor market. The “Europass Mobility” is issued as a standardized certificate to give the trainees the possibility to document learning periods in foreign countries.The entire number of requested mobilities is 60 for trainees and 12 for staff members from the vocational schools and other institutions in the sector. The total number of mobilities is going to be split among the two cooperating schools. The students are going to be offered spots for internships in the partner countries Finland, Ireland, Estonia, Spain and the UK. The mobilities for staff members are going to be used in order to meeting European partners and getting agreements on the necessary steps involved in facilitating a mobility.During their stay in a foreign country, students with less language proficiency are recommended to take part in a 1 or 2-weeklong language course before starting their internship. In such cases, a language school would be the receiving organization. Particularly for part time students, educated within the dual system, this option is less important. That is why they normally start their internship right away and in these cases, the company facilitating the learning period, is the receiving institution.The implementation and realization of traineeships in foreign countries demands careful consideration by the members of the EU-team when picking the participating students. During the preparation process, contractual and other necessities are being taken care of thoroughly. Furthermore, an intercultural training session ensures the proper understanding of cultural habits and particularities on the side of the students. During the stay in a foreign country, the students are representing their schools, companies and homeland. They are supposed to show an appropriate attitude in everyday life making cultural experiences. In private and business conversations with individuals they are to be open-minded, respectful and understanding.The BBS I Lueneburg and the BBS Winsen (Luhe) are contributing to the internationalization of vocational training together with their local and regional partners. Both institutions are advocating the principle of international understanding and rapprochement between various European cultures. An important factor of that is to educate subjects about cultural characteristics and distinctions of citizens from European nations as well as their respective habits. The objective is to tackle our students’ prejudices during their internships, make them more tolerant towards new cultural experiences and help them develop an attitude of inquisitiveness and acceptance.It is also the goal to foster the development of intercultural, language and socio-cultural competences that are relevant within the sphere of the corporate world. During that process the different learning abilities and skills of the learners are to be taken into account. The outcome after an internship in a foreign European country is supposed to be that trainees are better able to make sound and reflected decisions based on the particular circumstances of the situation.
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