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Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our European project has three main objectives: boosting our students, giving them a new culture with a European dimension & training them to get better jobs through an enhanced qualification.Our students are preparing a BTEC level 3 in 3 years to work in sales management. They need to be encouraged and boosted when they arrive in our school. In fact, most of them have had difficulties in their secondary schools, and few of them have chosen their vocational training. Being admitted to the European Class allows them to get more self-confident, which helps them to start studying again. The mobility is an aim which attracts most of them so they usually work harder. In the future this will open them to new European culture, give them greater opportunities and a better access to jobs thanks to a higher level of education in fields which are less accessible without this experience abroad (ie : international trade, foreign languages). And they also acquire skills which help them get further in their own field. Finally, our project aims at developing the country's economy, providing students fitted to the needs of the work market at a local, regional and national scale in the field of international trade and business. Therefore, we would like to organize this project over one year for 16 students preparing a BTEC level 3 in Sales Management (8 in March-April 2017 and 8 in 2018). Their stay in London will last 28 days; they will be placed in the Greater London area, and will complete a 4-week work placement; there will be 2 days for travelling and 4 days for getting used to their new environment: one day will be spent doing a cultural discovery of London, and the other sharing activities with students and teachers from our London partner school “NewVIc” (discovery of British system of education, of a huge sixth form college, sharing business and French courses, sport or art challenges). As our students won't get access to the OLS Platform,we will try to provide them a 8 hour linguistic course before their work placement. During their trip, our students will be hosted in families and will do their internship in charities, event agencies/specialized stores so that they can communicate in a professional way with different types of people (customers, employees, young or less young volunteers, handicapped people)To complete this project, we will need to involve a service provider, which will help us to find host families, work placements and assist us with the mobility monitoring. Two teachers from the European section will accompany the students to London and will stay with them for 4 days, which is necessary for the students’ adaptation to their new environment and to ensure they start in training in good conditions. The two teachers will be back at the end of the students’ stay to assess them in their work placements and for their travel back to France. During the students’ stay in London, they will constantly keep in touch with the students and the service provider. Having a 4-year partnership with this organisation, we will go on working with them as long as we are satisfied with the services provided. This partner is of main interest for us as it is located in Central London. Furthermore, London obviously provides fabulous cultural facilities and human opportunities for our students and it also enables us to maintain exchanges with “NewVIc “.Before leaving for London, our students will attend an additional specific two-hour-a-week course in English and another two-hour course in Sales Management in English. These courses will be given for 2 years before going to London. During the last year - the year of the BTEC exam - we will organize a Europass ceremony and a London pictures challenge with three rewards. During the exam year, the additional courses will be used to consolidate the knowledge and skills developped by our students during their mobility. We will also intensively prepare them to take their specific European exam. To manage the Project, we refer to our seven -year experience in European Mobility, and try to constantly bring improvements. The European Agency, the CRE (European Resources Center for Professional Mobilities) can advise us. We also use Life Project management tools boards , plannings (ie: annexes) & organise brainstorming committees. Finally, this project gives our students the opportunity to complete attractive studies, get more fulfilling jobs in France or abroad. And one of the most significant impacts is that these students, are fewer to drop out of school before taking their exams, unlike the other students. They get better exam results and have access to a higher educational level (i.e.: annex of our class results). The maturity they have developed during this experience will have a positive and decisive impact on their future lives and they will be the best qualified persons to testify in favor of the current European and International opportunities.

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