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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"Work-abroad experience" project reflects our need for: • enhancement of professional, communicative and intercultural competences of our school graduates; • having competitive school graduates – especially within our regional job market and also The European Union job market; • enhancement of professional, communicative and intercultural competences of our teachers; • increased chance for our students of being accepted by the top universities; • increased attractiveness of our school for young people in our region. The project consists of two activities: 1) VET learners in companies, Dublin, Gelnhausen, Tallin 2) Staff training abroad, Tallinn, Estonia 11 students will take part in VET learners in companies’ activity in Dublin, 4 in Gelnhausen and 4 in Tallinn. They will be placed in machinery, services and administrative companies with a personal tutor, and accommodated in local families. An accompanying person from our school will provide support and supervision. The project will be carried out in cooperation with Swan Training Institute (1st partner), Tallinna Polütehnikum (2nd partner), and Berufliche Schule Gelhausen (3rd partner.). 8 teachers will take part in Staff training abroad activity at Tallinn Polytechnic School in Estonia. These teachers will cooperate with their Estonian colleagues (e.g. E-Twinning), share their national know-how, get to know the Estonian education system, and visit some local industrial enterprises. The project is run by two coordinators – Monika Kochanova and Marta Michalakova. Martin Tobias, our school director, is in charge of the whole project monitoring. The project is secured by agreements with all partners. Another set of agreements needs to be prepared once the funding is obtained (i.e. agreements within the ECVET system – Memorandum of Understanding and Learning Agreement; ECVET system documentation – creation of training modules, learning results units and Students Mobility Agreement.) In order to assure a project success, students and teachers will undergo a thorough professional, language, and multicultural preparation. We endeavour to motivate our students to regional patriotism (e.g. by establishing a fictional family business) in order to increase a chance of their willingness to stay in our region and work here as qualified professionals. After finishing VET learners in companies activity, their results will be evaluated (working diary, professional vocabulary, ideas for their fictional family business enhancement, the ECVET credits, Europass Mobility, Europass CV) and disseminated within our school (during class discussions), local community (during the Fictional Businesses Fair and other special occasions and events), and our region (media coverage in local newspapers and TV Polar). Upon their return from Tallinn, the involved teachers will share the newly acquired working and teaching methods with their professional department colleagues and so motivate them to next enhancing of their professional competencies. We believe our project is designed to meet the strategic plan of our school – to perform an unshakeable security for our students, parents, employees, partners and the school founder. It will saturate our current needs, and will thus contribute towards ensuring competitive school graduates within our regional and the European Union job market; enhancement of professional, communicative and intercultural competences of our school graduates and teachers; higher chance for students to get accepted by the first level universities; and increase attractiveness of our school for potential students and their parents.
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