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Petroc Go Barcelona 2015
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Petroc Go Barcelona! is a Key Action 1 project, which will allow 10 students and 2 staff from Petroc, a large General Further Education College in Devon, to undertake 2 week work placements and training opportunities within businesses in Barcelona in Spring 2016. The project targets participants in an isolated rural area, who face barriers to accessing education, training and personal/professional development opportunities. The area suffers from poor public transport, a low-skill low-wage economy, and a high cost of living. It also has a significantly higher than average proportion of micro-businesses, who lack the capacity to provide meaningful work experience opportunities to support young people to develop their aspirations and employability skills. The participants in this project will be drawn from students taking the second year of the L3 Diploma in Business with Petroc at the North Devon campus based in Barnstaple. The project will enhance participants’ employability skills, as well as their cultural horizons, though tailored work programmes in offices and businesses etc. in Barcelona and Spain. As a tie-in to the current Petroc Go! project (2014-1-UK01-KA102-000500) the project will be overseen by the college’s highly experienced Projects Administration Team, working alongside curriculum staff. They will ensure participants are able to maximize the opportunities available to them in the various partner countries, in order to enable them to develop a greater cultural understanding of life in modern Europe; increase their self-confidence; raise their aspirations; and, most importantly, develop skills which will considerably increase their employability and boost the economic development of the North and Mid-Devon areas. Through this project, a larger number of participants will be involved in European mobility than ever before, in a strategically planned manner, which will form part of a longer-term strategy to increase the involvement of young people in the Erasmus+ Programme throughout Devon.
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