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Oyster Project 5
Start date: 30 Jun 2016, End date: 29 Jun 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Oyster project 5 is a two week mobility project to Spain, Tarragona. This project intends to develop the participants skills sets, including enhancing vocational competence with pan European techniques and transferable skills . The project participants will consist of a group of 7 learners aged between 16 and 24 all of which will be working towards or recently completed one of the government funded apprenticeship programmes listed below;-NVQ level 2 Hairdressing Foundation Apprenticeship Training Programme-NVQ level 3 Hairdressing, Advanced Apprenticeship Training ProgrammeFor the duration of the stay, the participants will be attending workshops held by the host organisation for a least 3 days each week along with working in commercial hair salons across the region to enable them to not only learn new skills but also to experience the cultural of Spain and adapt to the different working practices and patterns compared to the UK.The overarching aims and objectives of Oyster Project 5 can be found below;Specific aim: To enhance the learning experience for all participants, enthusing and motivating learners to stretch themselves, realising that the world is their Oyster, whilst supporting the learners journey to visualise their ultimate career aims.The project objectives are; 1. Provide 100% of participants with the opportunity to expand, update and develop their vocational skills to include Pan European techniques2. Contribute to braking down barriers to apprenticeships by targeting under represented groups 3. To grow and develop 100% of participants confidence and self-esteem levels including entrepreneurship vision, equipping them to be success in the labour market 4. To develop 100% learners communication skills, where language is a barrier5. To strengthen and nurture the participants life skills, employability skills and social skills6. Increase awareness of mobility projects within European countries 7. To support participants to complete additional added value qualifications over and above the government framework requirements Expected visit outcomesBy the end of the mobility visit the participants will;- Demonstrate new technical vocational skills to their peers and their organisation enabling them to diversify the services that can be offered in their workplace, thus increasing productivity through staff being competent though increased talent and innovation - Improve their communication skills, even where language is a barrier- Have more self confidence to diversify their careers outside the 'Norm' of a salon environment and entrepreneurship skills- Gain additional qualifications from the City and Guilds Employability suite of qualifications as mentioned in section E.1- Disseminate their experiences to others outlining the benefits of mobility visits - Have an enhanced CV to increase future job prospects - Increase participants motivation levels to take part in future mobility activities We envisage that this project will impact at many levels including participant level, sectorial, regional and national. We are expecting the profile of the education sector to be raised in particular apprenticeship opportunities though planned dissemination activities, and participants to return with increased confidence levels and skills sets which can be passed onto others.The longer term benefits of this project would be to bring pan European techniques into the local community thus increasing profitably and raising the profile of hair and beauty as a professional career path.Finally, we are hoping that a longer term benefit of this project will be to continue to raise awareness of mobility with Europe, thus increasing mobility numbers along with developing ISA international working and competitiveness within the Europaen market and support targets to breaking down barriers to apprenticeships inclusive of unrepresentative groups.
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