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

All placements will take place within the 2015/17 academic years between Sept and Aug. 10 working days will provide enough time for a worthwhile experience and to work towards their qualification. All participants will undertake work placement opportunities within their chosen industry, relevant to their UK course together with educational/cultural trips within the local regions.The placements will enhance their studies and provide valuable experience which will increase their knowledge and develop their skills. It will add value and contribute to their courses and qualifications as it will allow them to undertake and be assessed for modules within their qualifications, whilst providing them with the experience of working in another country and improving their language skills. It will allow students to broaden their horizons and provide them with an experience that they would otherwise not have. Students will learn more about other cultures and get a greater understanding of what it is like to live and work in a different country. This will add value to the students course by allowing them to see how specialists in other countries may view things. It will also add value to their vocational studies by providing them with the opportunity to learn new skills that they can utilise in the UK. It will also contribute immensely to their personal development and help to raise career aspirations by showing them that they can work in another country and how to go about it hence improving and aiding the prospects of the students. They will gain certificates and references from the host, which they can add to their CVs and portfolios of work including Europass and language certification. This independent experience will not only enable the students to become more confident, they will become more motivated as it will broaden their knowledge and horizons and show them possibilities that they didn’t realise were available to them and raise their awareness of their capabilities. Outcomes will be:• Assessment of work and activities undertaken which will contribute to their qualification• Enhancement of soft skills e.g. motivation and confidence • Euopass certificate of mobility• Certificate from host organisation detailing work and activities undertaken• Certificate to show improvement in language skills.The added value to the student will be:• Help them to stand out in the job market• Return more motivated, independent and confident • Learn a range of life-skills not taught in the class room• Access to a wider range of subject areas than in the UK • Improve language skills • Gain an international network of friends • Discover a different culture, gain an international perspective and travel.The project will contribute to increasing the volume of mobility throughout Europe as it will enable 183 students to undertake placements in Europe. It will develop the co-operation and partnership between Warrington Collegiate (WC) and other EU organisations, adding another dimension to the already excellent relationship that the Warrington Collegiate already has with some of the partners. The project will provide language training which will hopefully be continued after the work placement, hence contributing the objective to encourage the learning of a modern language. The students will receive Europass Mobility Certificates and we will apply elements of ECVET. The more students that receive this certification, the more well known it will become, aiding recognition and and transparency of this kind of learning.
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