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Ondernemend handelen en sociaal ondernemerschap : meer carrièreperspectief voor MBO jongeren in Europa.
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

General objectives:In the past 5 years Friesland College managed to increase the number of teachers and students going abroad. We actively support these international mobilities, not only in Europe but also in developing countries. The objective is to create more awareness of the growing globalisation and the impact it has on our lifestyle and the economic development in Europe and beyond. We want to make them realize that a united Europe and a good cooperation between the member states are crucial for a stable economic Europe. A very actual en critical situation with the number of refugees entering Europe.We aim at offering challenging education in general, not only by creating an international programme of Excellence abroad for our VET+ students of level 4EQF but we also look for possibilities for developing the talents of our students with a socially challenged background by offering them a life changing experience abroad. More specifically : 1. Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial attitude and behaviour:Our students of level 4+EQF are more and more aware of the fact that they need to make their own choices in life in order to be economically and financially independent in an early stage of their life. The situation in Europe requires a more personified and individualized career path to reach personal goals. Our objective is to empower students in realizing a fulfilling, satisfying, fruitful life and career, either in Europe or in our region . Communication skills, using English in a natural setting, meeting young people in other countries, being part of their peer-to-peer training in social entrepreneurship is a good source for empowerment. Developing personal leadership in a programme of excellence enables them to follow a path of growth, on a multisectoral level.Teachers and students wil be trained abroad within the companies involved. This enables students to develop the 4 Binckley 2020 competences of 21st century skills : creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. This training enables students to start up companies as start-ups or pop-ups while studying. As part of that process we will also focus on Job-carving, former jobs defined in a new way and transferred into new settings. That requires new curricula and new training methods which will be , developed in collaboration with our international partners.Our partners will be triggered to implement the newly developed methods in their own region in order to inspire young people starting their own businesses.2. Quality of workplacements. Our continuous goal is to maintain the high standard of qualilty of our placements abroad by using solid and renomated training companies, by consulting the Dutch recognition organisation SBB, the intermediate organisations in the host country and by using the network of our educational partners abroad . 3. Special attention will be paid to placement for our level 2 students, the socially challenged group of youngsters who we offer an experience abroad in order to improve their position in the labour market. 4. ECVET and EQF : Description of Learning Units and Learning Outcomes by the educational team at Friesland College in collaboration with our international partners remains one of the objectives of this project. The MOU, Europass and other European instruments for agreements on content, on monitoring, validation, recognition and evaluation of the experiences abroad are still in progress of developing. They are the key for a succesful study period abroad. 5. Focus on professionals in training in view of our Programme of Excellence which had been developed this year. Excellent students require excellent professionals. Extra material will be offered in the programme and therefore professionals will go abroad in order to find new teaching methods The exchanging of teaching methods, training, job- shadowing and intercultural sensitivity with foreign colleagues will contribute to a broader view on cultural values. The teachers are in their turn enabled to pass these values on to their students. To partake in foreign courses, classes or trainings the schools finance a fair part of the costs themselves.
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