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Mobility and Work-based learning, Business College Copenhagen North 2014-2016
Start date: Jun 1, 2014, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Students from the Upper Secondary School: The participants will be 3rd-year students of the 3-year Higher Commercial Examination Exam. The students will be taught by native speakers in topics relevant for their curriculum such as - British politics, economics, immigration, culture, literature, labour market relations and the EU. Moreover, there will be grammar lessons and vocabulary training for their work placement. The students will be accommodated in homestays which will strengthen the students’ language skills, communication and inter-cultural skills. Through their work placement, they will acquire commercial understanding and knowledge about British companies. Types of jobs are e.g. office work, receptionist at a hotel, shop assistant. An important objective of Business College Copenhagen North is to strengthen the international dimension in the education and to enhance our students’ ability to operate in an international work environment. Through this project, the students’ tolerance towards other cultures will be increased. Furthermore, their increased skills in the above areas will help the students in their future, further education. The stays will take place in two 3-week flows, October/November 2013 and October/November 2014. The students will study, work and stay in London, a 1-week language course and a 2-week work placement. When they go to school, compulsory cultural visits will be planned during the afternoons. Students from the vocational training programme in the field of commerce, retail and administration: The goal of this project is to send 24 students (2 flows with 12 students each) to Gower College Swansea, Swansea, Wales, UK , 34 students (2 flows with 17 students each) to München, Germany and 40 students (2 flows with 20 students each) to London, UK and 15 students (1 flow) til Málaga, Spain in the two school years 2014-2016. All of the mobility stays consist of language school for one or two weeks and training placement in companies (retail, commerce and administration) for one og two weeks. All of the stay have a duration of three weeks. The mobility project we have with Wales is students exchange. The Welsh students first visit Business College Copenhagen North for one week and finishes with two weeks of work practice. Half a year later the Danish students visit the Welsh students at Gower College Swansea and follows a similiar program. The purpose is to improve our students' competences in languages and internationalization, as these competences are part of KNORD's curriculum and therefore necessary in order to get the diploma. These competences are also demanded of all Danish vocational schools by the Danish Ministry of Education. The purpose is also to strengthen the internationalisation in the vocational education that we offer and to inspire our students to become more international, and experienced in the ways of the world. Additionally the purpose is to improve their English, German and Spanish language skills, as these are the languages we offer at our college. The students will be able to improve their competences in intercultural communication, and gain work experience from another country. The enhanced internationalisation of our college, will prepare our students better for the job market, and will strengthen the competitiveness of the companies that will employ them. This project will add an extra European dimension to our vocational business college.

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